Second life is a virtual world in which you can experience many things. This exercise today brought me into a building that was emulating a taste of Schizophrenia. Never having used second-life, I didn’t know what to expect. It was much realer than I thought.
It constantly had voices talking to you, telling you to kill yourself, that you’re worthless, and negative things of that nature. With the ability to have more than one voice active, I felt more immersed in this experience than I had initially. It was haunting as it was something that hits a little close to home. I liked how real the voices felt. They didn’t seem phoned-in, or over-acted to the point that it wasn’t believable, it was taken very seriously.
The one thing I didn’t like was that the voices seemed to loop after a short period. While this may be true to someone who suffers from schizophrenia, it was a little immersion breaking towards the end of the experience. (Note: I went through all the interactions fairly quickly, and then spent some time walking around back through the house)
I think this is a very strong experience, held back by the technology. As someone who has spent a lot of time in virtual worlds, I find it is harder to get a sense of immersion from the third-person perspective that second-life uses. While this may be the case, the sound effects were scary real, and I think this can be a good experience for someone trying to understand Schizophrenia.