Here is fascinating example of what is possible within Second Life.
Laukosargas Svarog is a veteran of the UK games industry including some time spent on Lionhead Studios’ Black & White. Having taken some time of to raise a child at home, she has been putting her creative juices into the world of SL.
In just one year, her island of Svarga has been developed into a ‘fully-functioning ecosystem’ with early evidence of emergent behaviour in the plant-life she has created.
Just one of the many directions the blank canvas that is SL can be taken.