Schnee (schnee) wrote,

365 days of SL, just for fun 14

365 days of SL, just for fun 14:

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I was informed by a friend last night that one of SL's airports, Miami, is currently for sale and scheduled to be abandoned soon if it doesn't get sold. We've seen Miami before, on day 346; it was still under construction then, but it was a very nice airport already.

Although I'm not a huge airport aficionado, I wanted to go back before it's gone, so that's what we did last night; I didn't take too many pictures, but here's a few, at least.

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As you can see from both the main shot above and the overview over the airport, the terminal's a fairly standard configuration, which is really the best choice for an airport in Second Life. Remember, even a full sim is a mere 256x256 m2 — a bit more than 16 acres. That's hardly a lot for an airport even if you disregard the runways.

From what I was told, Miami was supposed to be an actual airport, too, with airlines, baggage claims, customs, security screening and generally the whole airport experience. Unfortunately, it appears it didn't gain the necessary traction; land in SL isn't cheap (certainly not if you need lots), and the build was great and must've taken a lot of time, so perhaps the creators felt that they were investing more time, money and effort than they could justify in the end. I'm only speculating, though — if anyone knows more, please share.

Either way, it's definitely a shame to see this beautiful airport go.

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Above are another short from the terminal, and a picture of some of the check-in counters. Quite a few airlines were based on real-life ones; others, like Alchemist Resort and Airlines, were not. I actually thought that that last one sounded interesting, too: who knows what sort of world you'd end up in if you flew with them? :)

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I was quite amused the Virgin Express of all airlines was offering "9 inches of pleasure". One presumes the innuendo was entirely intentional.

The Flyers' Club, meanwhile, is probably what you'll become a member of when you take them up on that offer. :P

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We wandered off and explored some of the less-frequented areas, full of offices, stores (or "for rent" signs) and more. There was a waiting area for passengers as well, currently empty save for a maid's cart. Eventually we accessed areas that are likely supposed to be off-limits, and ended up back behind the check-in counters.

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Time was in scarce supply, though, so we had to abscond. I may still go back to Miami again to explore more before it'll be gone forever.

(And yes, I promise to eventually get around to the remaining SL10B pictures, too. It's on my list — honest.)

Location: Terric (56, 134, 68) (Miami International Airport)

Tags: 365 days of sl, second life
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