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Second Life Pizza Gets Some Real Life Delivery

Pizza ordered in Second Life

I actually love pizza but don’t order it often over the phone or on the internet. I have my local pizza places I love and then the big franchise places for a quick bite. There has been times while I’m working at home and start craving pizza. Now I have 3 choices to order it from home. I could call my local store to order some pizza or order it online from some famous franchises. Soon I will have an option to order it in second life.

If I’m playing a game or building something in Second Life then it might be easier to rez a gadget and order a pizza. I don’t see me ordering like this all the time but maybe at the beginning just to try it out. I would have a better chance of ordering take out in a virtual world if there was a lot to choose from. I hope there will be more places who will try this idea like I mentioned in another post about movietickets.com. Most of the big businesses who come into SL use it for advertising primarily. I have noticed some who are trying new ideas.

The chance for me to order a pizza with my lindens money is a BIG plus for me! Especially the fact that I would have to wait a week just to get my money out of SL. I wonder how this pizza business is going to deal with the lindens. Maybe big businesses will have an easier time getting money out? Will they see it as a risk they are willing to take if they can’t get their money? Selling real stuff from second life will add some interesting problems especially hot food. This is a great idea but as a business it seems very risky especially reading about other people having problems with money in SL. [ furnation money problems ] [ dark life robbed ]

Second Life pizza ordered in for avatars

Pizzeria store selling virtual pizzas

A Pizza store in Second Life near beach

Real Life Pizza place advertising in SL

After reading about this I started to search around in Second Life and I found some interesting places. One place actually sells virtual pizzas. I bought a pepperoni and cheese pizza on a platter. Great for those virtual parties for my avatar! I can click on the pizza and I’ll receive an animated pizza slice. Sweet! Also I found a real pizza place advertising inside SL. They are from Switzerland and their sim looks really nice. Not sure how much business they get from SL.

Pizzeria – the game in Second Life for pizza lovers

Time to make some pizzas in Second Life with this game

If you like pizza as much as I do then maybe you’ll like to play a game called Pizzeria in Second Life. This game is very similar to games like Slingo and Tringo. Start off by clicking on the main board to get your game card. Then you can add money to the pot. Whoever wins at the end will get the full amount inside the pot.

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The object of the game is to make a pizza and sell it for the highest points you can get. On the right side of the card you will see 4 changing tiles. These tiles will change with each round and can have a variety of different ingredients for your pizza. A pizza first needs a dough base then you must add the sauce with cheese right after. At this point it’s a simple pizza and you can click on the pizza to sell it for some points. The points for a basic pizza is a lot more than just selling the base or base and sauce.

Some of the other toppings you can add are mushrooms, olives and pepperoni but are all optional. Of course you will get more points for more toppings. Another thing you have to be aware of is their are 3 different sizes for a pizza. You can start with a small, medium or large base. Once you pick the size then you must add the equivalent size ingredients. Don’t place a large size sauce on a small size base or you will fail and lose some points.

There is a danger of burning the pizza if you get a random burn icon in the tile section in a round. If you burn it you will lose points and have to start your pizza again. There is also a bonus pizza which happens every 5 rounds. If you make the requested pizza then you get bonus points. Always check out the main board to know which pizza you need to make to get the bonus.

Here are some places which have pizzeria events regularly:
  • ParrotHead Cove – A nice place to play and the lag isn’t that bad.
  • IceDragons Playpen – Games can get laggy here. Lots of people playing games at same time.
  • Gioia – Nice comfortable to play when they have events. no lag when I was there.

Second Life sim invaders game comes alive!

When I first was introduced to Second Life I thought maybe I would be able to create games. As time went on I didn’t have the time to spend on it as much as I would like. Then with all the problems I found in SL I decided to wait. One game I had a dream about was a large scale video game. Instead of using a HUD or small prims on a card I thought it would be great to use your avatar to manipulate objects. Like an avatar sized pac man maze with ghosts running around. This would obviously mean I would need a big sim to even test it. The only games I have seen that do this are role playing games like darklife or role playing areas like star trek in SL.

Space invaders being played in Second Life

Recently I found someone who made a space invaders clone in the world. [SLURL: Sim Invaders location. Use teleport device at this place.] It looks like a regular video game machine but once you start playing you get big prim aliens moving across the sky. You are now controlling this spaceship prim with your keyboard. Firing lasers at the aliens coming down. It has a lot slower response then the original game but for this person to make a game like this is inspiring. I think the idea and the way it plays is great but the controls for moving is so slow it’s hard to really get into it.

Try to land the moon lander gently without crashing

I also found the classic moon lander from the 80’s as a game for your avatar to interact with. [SLURL: Lunar Lander Game. Look around the building for it.] Get in this spaceship and you will be blasted up to the sky but something goes wrong and now you are falling to the ground fast! You only have a limited amount of fuel to slow your speed enough to land safely. This is the stuff I want to see more of in this world. I can imagine a lot more games like these can be made and some have probably been made.

I am on the hunt for more and if anyone knows of any similar type stuff please respond to this post. This is the kind of that still pulls me back into Second Life. I have a lot more faith in the Second Life residents than I have for the Lindens. Actually the last time the Lindens excited me with something new was the flexible prims. Everything else they have done was disappointing.