Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Went Down to The Crossroads

This post completes a trio devoted to guitar and guitar music sites in Second Life. My thanks go to Aleksandra, who left a comment on the Gibson post, suggesting I should take a look at this sim: The Crossroads. As name of the sim sort of suggests, it is home to the Second Life Blues Museum. OK, there may be others, but I have to say, this one is excellent.

The sim itself is modelled as some kind of backwoods, "squeal like a pig, boy" America: next to a fly-blown, garbage-strewn trailer park a pair of bodies lie under blankets, awaiting the arrival of the body bags; there are odd bloody marks on the roadway - which you hope indicate where some poor woodland creature - rather than a human bean - failed to make it across the street. And amid this chaos sits the Blues Museum and the House of Tunes. I did not get a chance to explore the House, but I can wholeheartedly recommend the Museum. A well laid-out history of the blues, augmented by more peripheral topics (such as the mythology of The Crossroads), is delivered to you through vast numbers of notecards. Click a topic or musician and you get a detailed notecard in return. The attention to detail is impeccable - and clearly a great deal of effort - and I suspect more than a little love - has been expended in building this impressive resource. The whole sim in fact uses some great, deeply detailed textures.

As for the trailer park, this seems to be a rental opportunity. So if you want an idiosyncratic home, propped up on bricks, somewhere in the boondocks - then this is the place for you. Don't knock it until you've seen it. And by good timing or good fortune - here's my pictureshow:

1 comment:

Dizzy Banjo said...

Thanks for the great series Aleister!
I'm going to do a big tour around everything youve explored in one huge axe marathon around SL !! :D