Most Second Life residents have heard the word Gacha, but some are still not sure what it is. Since I’m a fan, I thought I’d explain things to the uninitiated.
I admit it. I take pleasure in shopping Gacha markets. I like whimsical and quirky things, and Gacha has loads of that. For those who prefer more traditional items like hair, skin, and clothing, though, you can find that too.
How Gacha came to be: In Japan people go to vending machines with low priced collectible items in them. Unlike the cheap stuff you might find in American vending machines, these are of higher quality. People can get a variety of things, usually part of a set, and the machines give one random item per play.
Though one can’t choose a specific item from a Gacha machine, the prices are low so you’re guaranteed something at least worth what you paid in. That’s one reason Gacha is fun. You get the surprise element, and a feeling of chance without much loss; and since people like to collect sets or rarer items, they tend to put more money in.
Why the name Gacha? In Japan the machines are called Gashapon, which Wiki calls “a Japanese onomatopoeia composed of two sounds: ‘gacha’ … for the sound of a crank on a toy vending machine, and ‘pon’ for the sound of the toy capsule dropping into the receptacle. Gashapon may describe both the machines themselves and the toys obtained from them.”
What can you get? In Second Life a Gacha can be anything from a stuffed toy to clothing or skin. It can be furniture, a vehicle, even a house! The virtual world is not limited by space as in real life, so you can just as easily get a sofa as a small trinket.
Characteristics of Second Life Gacha: Like real life Gacha, SL Gacha items are usually part of a collection and are limited in quantity, with some being more rare than others. Gacha objects should be no copy and transferable so they can be traded, resold or given as presents.
There’s loads of SL Gacha from both machines and markets where the items are resold. I tend to go to resell markets more than machines so I can pick out items I like directly. My personal aim is not so much collecting as it is to find cool stuff.
One thing that first got me intrigued with it, is that most Gacha trinkets are made of mesh and have such intricate detail in them without being full of prims. Things that would have been 100 prims in the old days, are now just one or two! Newbies don’t know the difference, so they might not be impressed with that, but I’m an older SL resident and am still blown away.
Where to get Gacha: Markets and locations come and go, so I recommend typing the word “Gacha” into inworld search using the places or classifieds tabs. You can also find websites, Facebook groups, and pages dedicated to Gacha.
If you have a favourite Gacha place, site or group, feel free to recommend it.