Yesterday I did something I very rarely do in Second Life, and visited a casino. I’m not really into gambling, and have no wish to be tempted. But this casino was built by a builder I know (Opticon Nykvist of Chronoforge 4D), and he promised me he’d done something rather special. And he was right.
The overall style of the casino is Romanesque (despite the rather modern name of Amsterdam). And there are massive pillars and great sweeping folds of heavy curtains to greet you – opulent and sumptuous. So gorgeous is it that the build rather overshadows the furniture (which seemed a little modern for the setting, unfortunately – a shame they didn’t follow through on the Roman theme here too).
But the most stunning aspect, for me at least, was the way that Opticon has used water – fountains, courts and walls of water everywhere – a rich flowing movement everywhere. It is, quite simply, beautiful.
If you visit, do make sure you take a stroll out into the gardens – which are extensive; this casino occupies a whole sim. These are quite spectacular – Opticon has allowed his love of flowing water even more range here, and the results look amazing by day and by night too. Thereare waterfalls, cascades and cunning fountains wherever one looks.
Indeed, inside I did feel that some of the gaming machines really got in the way. But I daresay that there are some people who will visit this version of Amsterdam – and probably never notice their surroundings at all!
And that would be a real shame.