The success of The Arcade is a testament to power of gambling. Gatcha machines have you pay one for a random item each play. The thrill of an unknown result is what you’re really paying for. The fun of hunting down an elusive item afterwards is what gives the item value. This is my first Arcade event and I was impressed by the mini-subculture (new word?) that popped up in the just the last half year.
The SLebrity world is already well versed in the art of gatcha grinding at the Arcade. But for those newcomers like myself, here’s a quick guide to the basics.
1. Scope out the goods beforehand
Both The Arcade Shopping Guide and SeraphimSL have extensive galleries that tell you exactly what is available, the price, and (usually) prize charts. Furthermore, The Arcade SL FLicker Group is booming with photos showing the gatcha prizes, especially of participants in The Arcade Photography Contest.
2. Go to The Arcade with a plan
Recognize that the first week is the hardest. The sim will often be full, so come with as few attachments and scripts as you can bear. Grab any demos that you need before your viewer crashes. Lastly, if you get an item you really like, screenshot it. Without a screenshot, there’s no way a creator can resend you an item in the event of a delivery error. It helps to be prepared.
3. Join the group: The Arcade – Gatcha Events
Trading is wonderful part of gatcha culture. These items are transferable. So join the Arcade Gatcha Event group and use their group chat to find what you’re looking for. You can also give away or trade away your extras via chat. This group is very active and friendly, so don’t be afraid to jump in.
4. Make a list of your haves/wants online
If you’re going to trade a lot of items, make a web-based list of your items, as well as your wishlist. Then, paste that link in the Arcade Group for trading. It’s a lot easier than posting your long list in the chat box every time, and some people will bookmark your list. And please, put your SL name on your list! Don’t lose a potential trade due to a lack of contact information.
5. Check out the flea markets
You’re not getting an item you badly desire, and you don’t have millions of Linden dollars to spend. When times get desperate, maybe you should head to the yard sales. Yard sales and flea markets are areas where people sell their gatcha items. A public yard means that anyone can rez items for sale; a private yard means that all the items belong to one person or group of persons. I like the Red Barn Flea Market and Garbanzo Yard Sale for the sheer amount of stuff. I love the organization of the Little Wonders/Pixel Homes Yard Sale where they have carts by brand – if only all yard sales did that! Pick up Lex’s Yard Sale HUD for a big list of various yard sales.
6. Have fun and share!
Everyday, there is someone in the trading group giving away items. What a great idea! If you have so many extras that they’re just going to rot away in your inventory, why not share them with others for free? You never know – that item could make its way to a new resident in SL and be a part of the early Second Life adventure.
I live a simple Second Life and I am fortunate to never run into any drama. If you do love drama though, I hear Iris Ophelia’s article “The Arcade’s Latest SL Event Soured by a Virtual Property Rights Drama Blowout” is a good place to start looking at the different perspectives surrounding this event. Until next time, good luck with your Gatchas!
Wow, Black Friday on Second Life was amazing. Just as I make a Second Life budget for myself, savings pop up that can’t be denied. There were deals everywhere, but here are my favorite sales and info on all my swag.
1. Skin Addiction – From Belleza, I got the full Aiko bundle for only L$1000 – that’s 75% off! Belleza came to my attention from Truth Hair ads, and I had been admiring Aiko already. On the other side from sexy realistic skins is adorably sweet babyfaced skins. From Pink Fuel, I got a fatpack of Elly skins for L$450. Mochi really knows how to give her customers good value because this includes 22 makeup skins and 45 lipsticks.
2. the Warehouse – Since this reminded me a lot of the Last Call L$100 sale years ago, I knew I had the potential to go overboard with my shopping. It’s not a great deal anymore if you’re buying tons of things you don’t need just because it’s on sale. So I made a list of everything I wanted, and then narrowed it down. I ended up with: 2 Leverocci Seam Detail Minidresses, 1 Armidi Pinstriped Blazer, 1 Gisaci Woven Coat, 1 Gisaci Milla Milla outfit, 1 Gisaci Trend du Jour with Fleur Skirt, 1 Armidi Boudoir Lingerie, and 2 Leverocci Laceup Wedges.
3. Liberty City – I came to this for one reason: The Secret Store. I’m a big fan of Maylee Oh’s work and hunted down her 50L item, which was a Pencil Skirt – the item that I based today’s outfit on. I love high-waisted skirts in real life. They emphasize femininity well. Thus, I paired the skirt with a very feminine top and offset all of that with an androgynous haircut.
[ Styling Details ]
Skin: Elly in Honey by Pink Fuel
Hair: Girl 28 by Dura
Eyes: Gold Coral by Poetic Colors
Lashes: Deviant by Celestial Studios
Top: Annis Lace top by Sea Hole
Skirt: Pencil Skirt by Secret Store
Shoes: Plain Jane Pumps by Cool Beans
Earrings: Orchid by Muse
And there goes my SL wallet. I’ll be sticking to weekly/month sale events for December… until Christmas specials catch my eye, anyway. D:
The second featured discovery is the Purikura booth at Pink Fuel. Purikura is special type of photobooth popular in Asian countries. They’re known for making high quality stickers with your photos, as well as an endless array of customization options. I was thrilled to see one on the second floor of Pink Fuel’s main store.
Once I started using it, I realized that my photos looked awfully lonely. So I changed outfits and went back in as an alter ego. A couple quick copy & pastes later, my multiple personalities had ultra cute pictures to post onto Flickr. Picking colorful backgrounds and decorations was much more fun than taking photos in a photo sphere. I recommend it to any bloggers; step out of your comfort zone and just play.
Regarding Pink Fuel, the skins are great and there are some adorable accessories here, including some that are available at the Lucky Chair. Once I save up more Lindens, I definitely will buy some Elly skins, or whatever other pretty skins Mochi creates by that time.
Wardrobe Details (Left)
Hair: Zaria 1 in Carob by Truth
Skin: Alva in Fair 04 by LAQ
Eyes: Oriental Pearl by Poetic Colors
Dress: Patchwork Dress in Bosenberry by The Secret Store
Shoes: Legwarmer Boots by Vinyl Cafe
Animal Ears/Tail: Kitsune Starter by Hybrid
Shoulder Pet: Angel Panda by Pink Fuel
Wardrobe Details (Right)
Hair: Petra in Night by Truth
Skin: Alva in Fair 03 by LAQ
Eyes: Jellyfish by Poetic Colors
Top: Springtime Jacket by Icing
Pants: Juju Jeans in White Lace by Tres Blah
Shoes: Pumps in Pearl by Maitreya
Animal Ears/Tail: Usagi Starter by Hybrid
Shoulder Pet: Devil Panda by Pink Fuel