Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Starting Out

The pets started out simply.
Scoop in his living room.

Scoop has Big Dreams. Tizzy is clueless.
Tizzy was the first pet, in Spring 2009. She looked a bit confused, hence the name.
Scoop was all eyes and ears, alert to what was going on.
Together, they sounded like characters from a 1930s screwball comedy.

By summer they were having more fun and making more friends.

When the toy oxen dolls went on sale, Scoop bought 99 of them. This led to his first extended adventure.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Why we are here

My husband and I have been playing Pet Society for over a year now. We began out of sheer curiosity: what is this avatar business anyway? Why would anyone want to spend time doing this?

I tried it, and was charmed. My husband looked at it and was hooked. The program may have been conceived as "Second Life for three-year-olds" as he often claims, but it was a vast blank canvas upon which everyone created their own little worlds.

We are far from kids ourselves, well into AARP territory. Playing Pet Society taps into that inner world of play that can get lost in the hullabaloo of grown-up life. I think we need to be in touch with that playful part of ourselves, no matter how old we are, or how we get there.

The blog is created to share some of the great moments and fun we've been having with our friends who are not on FaceBook, and to showcase some of the fine photo work and captions our fellow Pet Society Players come up with.