I’ve looked at the worlds available online for almost a month. In my opinion Second Life will be moribund in five years so it is wise to start looking at alternatives now.
The chat worlds or almost exclusively chat worlds were quickly rejected as too limiting in scope. High Fidelity was a possibility but it is still too much on the bleeding edge of technology. Sansar might be a possibility. But unless you one of Linden Labs selected alpha testers it is essentially vapor ware. The two I found deserving of further testing were inworldz and Kitely.
Inworldz is very SL like. Because of its lack of population socially it feels like Second Life in 2005. But those people are more friendly. The cost of land is much more reasonable that SL. A person in inworldz described the difference between inworldz and Second Life like this. “SL is the city while inworldz is a small town.” After spending time there my opinion is “SL is the city and inworldz is a group of desert islands.”
Inworldz’s no cost of uploads appeals to me since I want to expand my creativity. But part of me eventually wants to sell things to others. The inworldz’s market is so small that it alone is not a good option.
One option would be to create in inworldz then transfer the creations to SL to sell. Doing that along with inworldz clumsy mesh tools seems a bit clunky but still possible.
So I looked in more detail at Second Life’s Terms of Service. This is that long document of dense legalize you say you agree to but probably never really read. There I came across the following “you hereby grant to Linden Lab, and you agree to grant to Linden Lab, the non-exclusive, unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, and cost-free right and license to use, copy, record, distribute, reproduce, disclose, modify, display, publicly perform, transmit, publish, broadcast, translate, make derivative works of, and sell, re-sell or sublicense”. I am not a lawyer but when I translate the legalese that sounds very much like, “If you bring anything in to SL you are granting to the company that runs Second Life the rights to do anything with it they want”.
That lack of respect for user’s rights sure doesn’t inspire confidence in ever bringing things to sell into Second Life. So I’m continuing my virtual world search to Kitely.