I have heard as well as read many stories some good, some bad regarding a game called Second Life. For those that do not know
From 'What is Second Life':
Second Life® is a 3-D virtual world created by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by millions of Residents from around the globe.
You can get the full information from the link above. They offer free account and you can download the client go to http://secondlife.com
So anyhow I've taken a peek for the past 10 days, and at times it can be really boring with seemingly nothing to do, since it's just a 'sandbox' style enviroment. But they do have many live events such as concerts, discussion round tables, classes on just about everything from being a newbie in second life to all sorts of real life issues and such.
A big draw I see is the totally open world and the ability to build and script objects which you can sell for in game money known as lindens. Second life does have real money to in game money transfer system where you can buy in game money or even sell your in game money for real life cash.
It has been interesting meeting new people outside of conventional mmorpg's and have been shocked that some of the stereotypes regarding second life that Ive seen from other gamers from other mmo's are not true, or at least not so in your face as others would have you believe.
Anyhow just thought I'd write a snippet explaining what I've been up to lately. If you are a second life user and would like to send me a message or donate some lindens to a grateful newbie (wink wink) my character's name is Cito Karu.
If you would like to view video tutorials about second life from getting started, building, and just about everything you can check out Torley Linden's video blog on youtube.