Special Spotlight: Debs Regent, Owner of London!
For this special spotlight, we will highlight the thoughts and musings of our great sim owner, Debs Regent! Debs created London in 2006 and has turned it into a thriving and fun community within Second Life! The first part of our spotlight focuses on why Debs created London in the first place:
What inspired you to start London?
We then went on to hold the first ever virtual / real social mashup event for Second Life in The Greyhound pub in Kensington. Many Second Life people attended the event and got to form friendships and relationships in real life. That was back in the ‘superman’ days when no one revealed their ‘true identity’ so was a watershed moment.
We also worked with London Fashion Week in 2009 and we were given the opportunity to interview top designers backstage at the real event. This was an incredible opportunity. We interviewed Maria Gratchvogel and then worked with Maria Gratchvogel and Twenty8Twelve to create artistic interpretations of their designs to show at London Fashion week in Second Life. That was really our first packed out event and we had to make it ‘ticket only’ because of it’s popularity.
Since then we have done several charity events, such as Relay For Life, which we love taking part in because it’s always for such a good cause. We have also worked with Universities in London, London University /ULCC and London Met too. Streaming real to virtual to expand horizons is always something I love to do, so we were delighted to get this opportunity with London University.
In 2009 we also had a Community Gateway, where lots of people who joined Second Life, chose to do so through the London portal. This was a thrill but also a great responsibility. Many people were needed to help then and it became a busy place.
I see London as a child. We have seen its infancy and childhood in 2006-2008 while it was being developed and grown, then in 2009 it became a teen, with the responsibility of a gateway, but still learning how to operate in a ‘grown up’ social world. More recently it has entered early adulthood, with the wonderful things that Jessii2009 Warrhol has been doing with the social and entertainment side of things.
We are now seeing the sims becoming fully functioning. With a regular and complex events program and lots of things to choose between, London is buzzing. People are given different choices too, to suit their own mood and taste. In terms of music we have Rock, Oldies, Pop, and Country clubs as well as two popular pubs that have events and quizzes regularly. The park is a major venue with shows, exhibition, displays, bands and so much more going on there. London is thriving and growing. All events are now packed out and London is increasingly seen as ‘the place to be’ in Second Life.
The most recent event was New Year.. that was such fun – the place was packed out and everyone was wishing each other a Happy New Year. That event is now the benchmark for me. Lots of goodwill and good fun too.Where would you like to see the sims go in the future?