Why I Chose it
I was searching on the Second Life website for recommended destinations and Unique Breedables came up, I was immediately intrigued as I had no idea that you could buy animals in Second Life and I wanted to check it out!
What Functionality/Interactivity it Provides
This area is actually the main storefront for the Unique Breedables business, therefore, the primary purpose of this area is to allow you to browse their selection and purchase “Breedables”, along with their required extras, such as food and accessories.
Unfortunately, I do not have any Linden Dollars (L$) and I do not plan on purchasing any so I was just a window shopper in this “store”, however, I had a good look at this area and there were many “pens” containing monkies of different breeds and there were quite a few others that were just empty, stating that they were up for rent.
I also found that Unique Breedables hold auctions and, looking at their website, they are held every weekend with extra events happening every now and then. Next to the auction stand was there was also a Greedy Greedy Table, which is a dice game you can play with two to eight players and Unique Breedables are keeping a high score table.
How it Looks, How it is Built and How Much Scripting There Seems to be
I think this area looks really nice, it is divided into what appears to be a number of different “pens” which are “holding” the Breedables, in each “pen” there is typically either trees or a climbing structure, or both, and around each pen are the barrels that each breedable can be purchased in.
Looking around the area it seems that there has been a lot of prim building in this area, however, there is also a fair amount of mesh, I believe that many of the trees have been built with mesh and the Breedables themselves. As you can see in the comparison below with wireframe picture of one of the pens.
I also had a closer look at one of the UB Gorillas and this cool torch that I found.
Aside from the complexity that I am sure goes into the Breedables, and although there is a lot of volume of scripts, there is a lot of repetition so I would class this area as not having a great deal of scripting, and most of the scripts here relate to purchasing Breedables, Breedable related items or renting a “pen”.
How it Compares to Others
I have not explored much of Second Life, outside of Koru, Sweet Serenity Estates and the areas that Isa (Aaron) has taken us, but so far this area is nothing like I have seen before, mostly because it contains animals that are for sale, but they are also on display and wondering about their “pens”, however, I am sure there are far more amazing builds around (such as the Realm of Light and The Junkyard) and I will potentially find some of them, but regardless, by the time I finish the MUV601 course I will have only explored a tiny drop of the ocean that is Second Life.
What my Impressions of it are
Although it is very small and there’s not much to do, I found this area really interesting, the idea of buying animals in Second Life is quite strange but, as this is a virtual life people would undoubtedly want virtual pets! and the plus side of virtual worlds is you can have anything, including a massive gorilla!
It was also really cool to see the different attributes of the animals including the really… interesting fur colours, there were even monkies with fire for fur! Overall, I am really happy that I chose to come to this area and learn more about the idea of Breedables.