Sunday, June 03, 2007

Real Life Cities 8: Manchester

My friend Al, who's from the UK, blogged yet another Real Life City coming to Second Life; the city of Manchester, from his hometurf. He was rather disappointed.

The thing is that Manchester launched a 4 sim representation in SL during the Big Chip 2007 awards that took place in RL Manchester. Real Life Cities in SL are an excellent stage for simulcast events, promoting tourism around the globe. In this case I can understand Al's disappointment though, since the sim is not complete.
The centre of the sim holds several stages for live events which are surrounded by representations of several of Manchesters eye-cathing builds that liven up the town's centre.
From my time in England I remember most Northern cities to be dull and gray industrial towns with very little monuments. I certainly have no recollection of Manchester possessing great architectural builds from ages long past (correct me if I'm wrong).
The awards were used for a softlaunch, but nearly a month later they're still building so I can't really tell which way they are heading. I think it would be in Manchesters best interest to come up with a kick-ass event list to liven up the crowd and invite us all back in when the build is finished. I will go back, just out of curiosity to see what it will look like when the build is finished.

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Blogger Aleister Kronos said...

LOL... you're wrong!

Manchester, as with many Northern towns, was built off the back of the cotton industry in the 19th century and so boast many fine Victorian buildings.

Urban regeneration in the last 10 or so years has seen major changes in out towns and cities. Sites like Urbis and The Lowry in Manchester are fine examples. While the Printworks is an old... umm... printworks that has been totally renovated, and now houses cinemas and bars.

Monday, June 04, 2007 12:25:00 AM  
Blogger VeeJay Burns said...

The time I visited Nothern England was in the early 90's, which was a time of mass unemployment...

I got really depressed in South and West Yorkshire, so I missed out on the last 10 years. So my outdated brain only houses gray and dead memories.

Thank you for correcting me.

Monday, June 04, 2007 5:54:00 PM  

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