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Bentham Forest

September 26, 2009

Bentham Forest is a little creepy and I spent some time wandering around it last night.

The forest is the collaborative work of Andrek Lowell and Lauren Bentham

As you can see I was very taken with their trees.

One of the reasons that Bentham Forest makes you feel a little under threat is that much of the forest is at a scale that dwarfs the average avatar. This is a great use of the technology and what many call a sense of presence in a 3D environment.

Also there are psychological triggers like the a sense of being watched.

The soundscape is full of sounds that vaguely threaten.

It is this constant sense of ambiguity and not knowing quite what the threat is that compounds a eerie feeling.

There is a enough interest for me in just enjoying the build but I understand that just admiring how well things are made in this 3D space is often not enough for some residents of Second Life.

So for those who want a more hands on experience, in other words something to DO, within the forest there are 4 “quests” within the forest.

I was told by another resident that there are also five crates of goodies somewhere in the forest too.

No matter if go to just wander about and explore or for the quest I am sure you will not be disappointed.

SLURL to Bentham Forest

Credits to designers for what my avatar is wearing:

Jacket: Wool Plaid Coat a group gift from Pixel Dolls

Trousers: Black Strap Stripe from Pixel Dolls

Shirt: Fearne from MichaMi

Boots: Ziggy from Tesla

Hair: ETD Roxie – Chestnut Black

Eyes: Nevermore Eyes from Skin Within

Shape and Skin: Kiara skin and shape from Skin Within

AO: Overide set 2 from Torrid Wear

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