Over a year ago, I took a leap and adopted a Zooby baby in Second Life. With my partner mysteriously gone, I found myself with extra time on my hands and a burning curiosity about these virtual companions. The popularity of Zooby babies intrigued me, and I wanted to understand how they functioned.
You have the option to go through a full pregnancy with visits to a baby clinic and various tests. It’s quite involved and costly, as I witnessed with a friend who went through it. The concept is great, and I understand why many couples choose to experience a virtual pregnancy or simply adopt a Zooby baby. I’ve come across heartwarming stories of people who adopted Zooby babies because they couldn’t have children in real life.
However, I won’t delve into the detailed workings of Zooby babies here, as that’s not the focus of this article. If you’re interested in a more thorough review about Zooby babies themselves, feel free to let me know in the comments or send me an email.
Our daughter is named Phoebe-Rose, and while I think having a Tunder Junior would be amazing, there are some limitations preventing me from going through the whole pregnancy process. The limited interactions between the babies and us as parents pose a significant drawback. Even for role-play, it’s quite limiting.
While Phoebe has managed to pick up a few words along the way, the lack of progression or meaningful evolution in those skills leaves much to be desired in the parenthood experience. We have to pay for Zooby babies to learn simple words such as “yes” “no” “auntie” and “uncle.” I was looking forward to our extended Second Life family interactions, but Phoebe’s sporadic use of those words when they’re present doesn’t add much excitement, and they are barely noticeable especially if you don’t have sound on or not paying attention to the Local Chat. It’s like a fleeting moment of excitement when you hear her say a few words, but it quickly fades as you realize these words don’t contribute much to the overall experience.
While I do understand that creators deserve to be compensated for their time and effort, the issue lies not in the need to pay for skills, but rather in the lack of meaningful progression and impact that these skills bring to the table.
Now, let’s talk about Teegle animals. I know it may seem odd to compare a baby with an animal, but if Teegle can achieve interactions between animals and avatars, why can’t Zooby do the same?
I’ve had a Teegle horse for years, and the Animesh animals from Teegle can interact with each other and with avatars. I don’t know how they do it, but they manage to create those realistic interactions. For example, my horse roams near a friend’s house. When I leave their place, my horse comes up to me and follows me home. It’s those small moments that add to the immersive experience in Second Life.
In contrast, if a friend comes over with their baby, I have to add them as a friend from my Zooby web-based account to allow them to interact with mine. It’s understandable because you wouldn’t want just anyone playing with your baby. It also serves the purpose of being to assign my Zooby furniture and toys to their baby otherwise they can’t use them.
In order for their baby to join in and play with Phoebe’s toys, I have to manually assign each object to their little one. Otherwise, my daughter happily engages with her toys while my friend’s baby remains idle, either in their parent’s arms or sitting nearby with nothing to do. It feels unrealistic because children typically interact, play, and even have little squabbles with each other, whereas Zooby babies tend to ignore one another completely.
Teegle horses don’t have toys, but they have a bucket of water and a bucket of food. Anyone can click on the buckets to fill them up. Additionally, any Teegle animal you don’t own can drink or eat from the buckets without any additional actions required from you.
Teegle’s recent release of an Animesh dog has left me amazed and I haven’t even explored all of its features yet. It’s so impressive that it has compelled me to write another review, considering I have written one about Animesh animals a few years ago. Teegle’s innovative approach with their Animesh dog sets a new standard and opens up exciting possibilities for other Animesh animals. This has sparked my curiosity about Zooby babies and what potential advancements could be made in their interactive capabilities.
Let’s talk about Teegle dogs and their amazing interactions. Check out this promo video to see what I mean.
I chose the Teegle German Shepherd, while Tunder went for the Wolf.
Now, here’s the thing: Teegle dogs can’t enter the house, but they can accidentally fall into the pool and get stuck. On the other hand, Zooby babies have some extraordinary abilities. They can fly downstairs, crawl, and even walk through walls. Personally, I’m not a fan of these Houdini babies. Even in a virtual world, it feels a bit unrealistic.
When I step outside my house, my Teegle dog excitedly approaches me, prompting a menu for interaction. Tunder’s dog enjoys being petted too, with a similar interaction menu popping up. It’s just so cool. We didn’t have to configure anything; the interactions happen naturally. Plus, the dogs can interact with each other, play, and even growl.
Just imagine if our Zooby babies could interact like that …
Zooby also introduced an Animesh cat that interacts with our babies. Similar to the babies, the cat can fly downstairs and pass through walls. Unfortunately, we can’t directly interact with the cat. We have to pay to feed it, which I can somewhat understand, but without a reward system, I don’t see the point of spending Lindens on virtual cat food. Nonetheless, it does have some cute interactions with our babies, and that’s currently the extent of what we can expect.
The creator of Zooby mentioned they are working on interactions between the babies, but no estimated time of arrival has been given. Considering how long it took for the cat to interact with the babies, I’m not holding my breath.
While Zooby babies have garnered a loyal following and are considered a fantastic system in Second Life, with countless residents finding joy in their virtual parenthood experiences, the mere thought of Teegle creating a baby option brings about an exhilarating wave of anticipation.
Imagine the seamless integration of Teegle’s innovative technology and attention to detail into the realm of virtual parenting. Just as Teegle has captivated the Second Life community with their lifelike horses and now their interactive dogs, envision the possibilities of a Teegle baby (And while we’re at it, a Teegle cat would surely be the epitome of feline fabulousness in the metaverse).
With Teegle’s dedication to realism and immersive interactions, a Teegle baby could offer an unprecedented level of engagement and authenticity.
Furthermore, considering the exceptional synergy between Teegle animals, the prospect of Teegle babies being able to interact not only with their caretakers but also with other Teegle animals becomes an exciting prospect. Imagine the adorable play-dates, the mischievous sibling antics, and the heartwarming bonds formed between Teegle babies and their furry companions.
The introduction of a Teegle baby could revolutionize the virtual parenting experience in Second Life, adding a new dimension of realism, interactivity, and joy. It would undoubtedly be a remarkable addition to the ever-evolving world of virtual companionship and exploration.
So, while Zooby babies continue to bring happiness to countless Second life residents, sparking cherished memories and virtual familial connections, the mere idea of a Teegle baby instills a sense of anticipation and curiosity. It’s a notion that holds the promise of further enriching the virtual parenting experience and opening new avenues for shared moments of love, laughter, and growth within the Second Life parenting community.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences with Zooby and Teegle babies in Second Life. Have you adopted and raised a Zooby baby? What aspects do you find appealing? And imagine if Teegle created a baby—how do you think it would enhance your virtual parenting experience? Do you believe interactivity, like the ability for virtual babies to interact with their caretakers and the environment, is crucial for a fulfilling virtual parenting experience? Share your favorite features of Zooby and Teegle and your expectations for future updates. Join the discussion and let’s envision the future of virtual companionship together.