Most Second Life residents have heard of Gacha, but since some are still not sure what it is, I thought I’d explain it to the uninitiated.
I admit it. I take pleasure in many Gacha markets. I like whimsical things, and Gacha has loads of that. For those who prefer more traditional items though, you can find that too.
Gacha is from Japan: In Japan, people buy from vending machines containing collectible items. You can get a variety of things from them, usually part of a set.
One can’t choose specific items from a Gacha machine, but the prices are low so people usually in something worth at least what they paid in. That’s one reason Gacha is fun; the surprise element, the feeling of chance without much loss.
Why Gacha? In Japan the machines are called Gashapon … “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.
What can you get? In Second Life a Gacha can be anything from a stuffed toy to clothing. It can be furniture, a vehicle, even a house! The virtual world is not limited by space, so you can just as easily get a sofa as a 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 more rare than others. Gacha objects should be no copy/transferable so they can be traded, resold or given as presents.
Me? I tend to go to gacha resell markets so I can pick items directly. I don’t do much collecting, but just like to find cool stuff.
Where to get Gacha: Markets come and go, so type the word “Gacha” into inworld search using the places or classifieds tabs. You can also find websites, Facebook groups, and pages dedicated to Gacha.