For my English class we are beginning to use a new virtual world called Heritage Key that specializes in education. It has a simulation of the Valley of Kings and King Tutankhamun's tomb. They're beginning the works of other places in the Valley of Kings and other places like the Stonehenge and many other historic and prehistoric areas throughout the world. Given that I love history, I was very excited to be able to explore some of the things that Heritage Key had to offer.
But I am HIGHLY disappointed in the performance of Heritage Key.
I sat down at my two month old Dell Inspiron notebook and began to go through the process to open my account with Heritage Key and the registration and picking the avatar went very smoothly. Then came downloading the software, I waited for nearly 20 minutes for the software to download and load. Once the software downloaded even more problems came.
When the screen for Heritage Key opened, I was prompted with a window that said that my graphics card did not fit the minimum requirement and I remember getting the same thing with Second Life so I figured that it wasn't a big deal. Apparently Heritage Key must have extremely different system requirements than Second Life because SL works pretty well on my computer. So I then began to walk around the visitor's center and the help area and I began to change my avatar's appearance to wear a blue T-shirt, a black jacket, and white pants (a less complex outfit than my avatar in SL). Apparently this didn't work out well. After I finished editing my avatar's appearance it wouldn't turn around and walk in that extremely awkward fashion. It would just float backwards with his arms out like he was on a crucifix. Then while he was floating backwards his jacket turned into a striped mess that looked like a zebra at a pride festival. So I figured that I would sign out and try again.
Well that still didn't work.
I signed back on with hopes that my experience with Heritage Key would be salvaged. But no, I was let down and problems persisted. My avatar still looked like a zebra in a gay pride parade and then his face began to turn gray. So I tried to ignore the odd pigment of my avatar and continue to walk awkwardly through the Heritage Key simulation. When I got to King Tutankhamun's Tomb, I wasn't very moved by it because it wasn't interactive at all. It was just me and my oddly pigmented avatar looking at a mural. I felt no emotion from it. I didn't feel as though I was really there. I felt like I was looking at a painting in a lackluster museum.
Clearly I'm not satisfied with this virtual world. This is such a disappointment to have one of the best content creators make such a sub-par simulation and virtual world. I don't know how I will be able to do any of my work for English in Heritage Key with all of these issues...