Saturday, January 12, 2008

A small question...



A couple days ago I read Mr. O’toole’s blog commentary on the social evolution of Caledon, from its early days (back in ’06) to its current environment (http://hiberniaskids.blogspot.com/2008/01/insights-from-earlier-time.html). His comment (#5 in the section) essentially summed some of my observations about Caledon concisely…

"The reason I posted this one was how markedly different the Caledon of THEN was from the Caledon of NOW. In speech, entertainment, humor and custom, Caledon has grown more like the Mainland and less like the Caledon of yore. Whether that's a good thing or not is really up to the individual".

I gave it some thought when I read it, but the issue receded into the back of my noggin until Mr. Desmond Shang (the Governor of Caledon, for those who *might* be unaware of the good man) provided a brief update on happenings in Caledon, along with some future expansion plans. With land in Caledon selling like condos in Miami in 2005, he said will be adding more sims to the vast Independent State.

As such, I wondered … is Caledon too big? Or how big is too big? The demand for Victorian land still exists, as not only is Caledon growing, but Steelhead has added land, and Antiquity is virtually exploding. Additionally, Caledon provides an easily locatable destination with a large number of events for those unfamiliar with the Victorian & Steampunk settings. This makes it appealing to more civilized individuals who tire of gratious sex ad and bizarre builds – providing a certain … certainty to their SL existance.

However, the growth means that persons who may simply not be interested in Victorian (and associated) mores simply transition to Caledon for its peace, its dependable land prices, or both. No one is forced (but are encouraged) to stay "in era", which could be considered to be one factor for the slide down the slippery slope of commonality.

I serve up this poll to garner a response to this question: Is Caledon too big? I can easily make an argument for any option…

Yes, its too big – Things were much better in the early days, where residents and visitors knew one another, and made a distinct effort to maintain a Victorian atmosphere.

It’s just right – Caledon is at (or about) a perfect size… not too big to feel estranged, but large enough to provide new discoveries and explore new areas.

No, it needs to be bigger – Personally, I love exploring, incluing all of the new sims that have come online. More sims means more opportunities to meet interesting and unique people, and more to explore and enjoy.

Manifest Destiny – Unbridled growth! - Mr. Shang needs to put a new sim on every month (or every other month), until Caledon overtakes the mainland islands! (Ok, I added this for the fanboys/girls, but I’m certain there are those out there that feel this way…)

Please feel free to make your choice. You can only vote once, but you can change your vote as many times as you like. Also, if you wish to make a commentary, by all means do so (in a civil manner, please

6 comments:

Sir Michael L. Foley, 16th Baron of Xternetsa said...

I'm a bit torn. I love the expansion of Caledon but I must confess that all of the expansion seems... well.. "too big." Not that I question Mr. Shang or even think further expansion is "wrong." I do, however, miss those days when it was only a handful of sims and one could spend some time walking throughout it or riding through it, meeting friends you already know, etc.

Nevertheless, I don't really think that Mr. OToole is accurate - I haven't seen much of a huge change in how people, at least in my circle, speak when at social events. Granted things are more modern in small groups of people who know one another or on the channel from time to time, but I think that's to be expected.

Kghia said...

I suspect people will fall more into neighborhoods, rather like one sees in cities.

Frau Lowey said...

Growth can be good, but growth unchecked by the laws of nature is cancerous. As to the culture of Caledon, it is also still developing. the larger the group, the more likely there shall be diversity. We are all diverse in our natures (some more than others) yet for the most part, I have seen only a small portion of the sociological unit that is Caledon. Each of us is a product of our experiences, but also of our out-world agents, who may live in a less-gentle society.

Yes, there are times that my out-world agent desired to speak out for herself, or otherwise be thoroughly outrageous, but I have made an effort to restrain the horrid woman. I am not always successful.

Edward Pearse, Earl of Primbroke said...

It's an interesting question. Caledon is at about 34 sims with only a couple more to go before the Guvnah says it's finished. Yet I know more people and interact with more than I ever have in New Babbage when it was only one sim. My own observations of New Babbage are that it seemed to be against social interaction until recently.

Has Caledon become more mainland in it's customs and entertainment? I don't think so. Yes there are elements of RL speech that creep in, but I don't think it's any different from what was here 12 months ago. People still address each other by surname or title where they know it (with the exception of Mr. O'Toole) and people thank each other for dances at Balls.

The advent of voice may have impacted things, but I don't use voice anyway.

Hotspur O'Toole said...

"Nevertheless, I don't really think that Mr. OToole is accurate - I haven't seen much of a huge change in how people, at least in my circle, speak when at social events"

Inasmuch as a blog is usually an expression of personal opinion, I'd say Mr. O'Toole is accurate. How could he not be? Now, if I had said "All Caledonians are tentacled, prone to bolshevism, and unrepentant cannibals", that would be inaccurate... but an expression of opinion is neither accurate or inaccurate, it just.. is.

Of course, being Mr. O'Toole, my views on his view accuracy are entirely subjective. Perhaps I am recalling the difference I felt, back in the day, when I experienced Caledon for the first time. It seemed far more formal then than it does to me now. I posted that before Desmond's very thorough response, which was quite an eye-opener.

(with the exception of Mr. O'Toole)

I'm sorry if that bothers you, Edward. Or seems to. To paraphrase that great philosopher, Popeye: "I yam what I yam"

Yrs,

H.

Poopdeck Halfpint said...

Misker O'Toole! He is wot he is! AkAkAkAkAk!
I's bin ter Calerdon a coupler times an' had me a swell ol' time thar! Misker Sputternik signeded me up ter tha Naval Auxiliary, an I wears the ankker badge he gived me wit pride! Garshk! I's onlery a yung lad o' ten years, but ever'body I's meeted has been reallery nicek ter me's. As ter new bluds comerin' inter Calerdon?
Me Pappy al'ays tole me..."Son, it takes all sortser people s ter makes up a world" And thass wot Calerdon is ter me - all sortser peoples.
Arf Arf Arf!