Nexus PrimeFebruary 10, 2007
When Seeker Gray and I were discussing guest writing in each other’s blogs, I paged through his archives to see what place he might have covered in the past that might make for a good article here on Second Life Games.
Naturally, I went for the dirtiest place I could find.
From the outside it just looks like a big box, but looks can be deceiving. Fly above it and you’ll find a shiny, almost chillingly sterile office environment of the future. This, of course, is only the beginning.
The buildings themselves contain pristine office spaces with various high-tech sci-fi companies offering their wares. Slip through the gaps next to the street and an entirely different view will greet you. The complex array of catwalks, tanks and pipes, while by themselves not very attractive, paradoxically combine into a strange kind of beauty. The stained glass of a church in the center of it all sets a nice bit of contrast.
At various places around Nexus Prime you will find terminals that will teleport you to a dark nightclub. Hulking shadowy figures guard the door. I was on my best behavior during this part of the visit, politely listening to the streaming music chanel and drinking at the bar.
Next to the factory area is a run-down neighborhood rich with detail. Here you will find the Last Chance bar which plays host to a constant stream of explorers passing through. This is a fun place to go if you want to meet people who are inquisitive by nature.
Still further down you will find a broken-down subway car. The careful attention to detail in creating this derelict is truly remarkable. Keen observers may even discover that the tunnel extends for a bit in one direction. Surely there must be a way in there.
A careful examination of the back alleys in this area reveals a few manholes that can be opened, and a series of complex tunnels lead to various mysterious chambers. Here I am in a room where an experiment went horribly, horribly wrong.
While never graceful or elegant, there certainly is something beautiful about a build like this one. It’s so massive, but not one corner of it is wasted space. Even if you’ve found all of the sights I’ve captured here, take a flight around the periphery… there are even more surprises along the edges. If you consider yourself a veteran explorer, take on the challenge offered by Nexus Prime – with so much here, it’s nearly impossible to see it all.