Today I saw the announcement that the Sensual Stoneworks regions are closing. If you have never been there, this is an adult set of regions that have a large Adult Toys market place. The Stoneworks toys are not going away. They will be in the market place. But, the regions are closing.
The region is worth a visit just to see the build. The creatives at Sensual Stoneworks are talented. That talent shows in the rebuilt region. Last time I visited I think it was 4 regions. Now it has been condensed into a single region. The lag is low, at least it was when I visited. Be sure to look at the sky.
SLURL: Sensual Stoneworks
The region has provided the Mall and various role player areas. Things there range from sensual to wildly outrageous. My friend Sec and I spent hours laughing at some of the toys and how we looked playing with them.
One can find Sensual Stoneworks’ toys in practically every dungeon in Second Life. Most of the big adult products creatives have stalls in the mall.
I am very sad to say that the sim for Sensual Stoneworks will be closing.
After five years of operation, it has become obvious that times have changed. Sales and traffic have dropped significantly. People who used to come here just to meet up and have fun have moved elsewhere, or in many cases, left Second life entirely.
Some of this is also my own fault. After watching the decline of the sim’s traffic and sales to pay for it over the last two years, I decided to rebuild the sim. Considering that mesh was nearly a year old, I made the call, against several warnings of friends, to use mesh as my primary design tool. I spent literally two months making sure I had a firm grip on how mesh works in Second Life, and redesigned the sim.
That upgrade seems to have tipped the balance against us. Even though I was able to reduce lag and even design a new play landscape, none of it matters. I underestimated the unwillingness of people to use mesh viewers. This seems to have ruined the store.
Due to the fact that I am currently in danger of losing my job, and have been having to work large amounts of overtime in order to keep it, I simply do not have time to rebuild the sim again. Nor can I pay for the sim out of pocket myself with personal matters where they stand.
Please keep in mind, this is not something new: Sales and traffic have been dropping over the last few years. The release of new toys have not stopped this trend, even a little.
I actually have to say that this in some ways pleases me. When Sensual Stoneworks began, I remember a trend in Second Life to look down upon clientele. Even though they were willing to take your money, they would treat you poorly for your erotic tastes. That time is past. You have no small number of places you can now go in order to enjoy yourselves, many of them run by others with similar tastes.
And that makes me happy.
As it is, I will remind you that I will likely be setting up a small store someplace. And will also have shops on the marketplace as well. I also remind you that you have many places where SSW toys are openly available for your use. Sensual Stoneworks itself will not be going out of business and the group will remain. For now we are just going back to our beginning roots of a small store.
I should note that Sensual Stoneworks Updates will continue to exist and be my primary sounding board to all of you. Please feel free to stay and enjoy each other’s company as long as you like. Again, we’re not closing the store, just the sim.
The winds have changed, but that does not mean you can’t keep sailing.
I’m not sure how they see the use of mesh capable viewers as being a problem. Over 90% of user hours in SL are now on a mesh capable viewer. But, they may have made the change over too soon.
We are seeing a steady decline in commercial regions. While I prefer to shop in world for these types of toys and see demos, I understand the move to the Market Place. As Direct Delivery becomes more reliable, it will make more sense to operate from the Market Place.
Another incentive to give up land and work from the Market Place is going to be Experience Tools (ET)… or maybe they will reverse the trend. We’ll have to see. But, the hold the promise of an entirely new type of demo for products.
Whatever the case, if you have never been there and your interested in getting your kink on… visit now. I don’t have an official closing day.
If you have not visited in awhile, there is a load of new mesh toys.
When I first came to SL I took a number of building classes provided by Sensual Stoneworks. Some of the instructors are looking at how to keep that working.
This is a good instance of an example of the RL economy impacting people in SL. If you are not politically active American or up on the news, you need to wake up. The Obama administration is repeated saying there are no new taxes. They make George H. Bush’s ‘watch my lips’ sound like child’s play. Do a Google search on Obama taxes and pick the news sources you trust.
We can expect to see more economy forced region closings until the economy picks up. We know what turns the economy around. In 1920 Pres. Harding had a worse depression than the Great Depression of the 1930′s. It is not well know because it only lasted 18 months. He cut government spending and lowered taxes. I think that was the first time in American history that happened. America had the largest rate of growth and the middle and poverty classes saw the great raise in there living standards ever.
Later Pres Kennedy, Pres Reagan, and Pres Geo. W used tax cuts to get the economy going. Pres Clinton cut welfare and the economy picked up giving America 3 or 4 budget surpluses.
In 1930 Roosevelt increased taxes, created government programs, increased welfare, and massively increased the size of government. We had a decade of depression and we know it now as the Great Depression. Today Obama and the progressives are repeating Roosevelt’s tactics and it looks like we are headed for a double dip recession.
Don’t believe me. Dig through history, dig through the news, find both sides of the arguments and figure out how to tell who is telling the truth. If you are not smart enough to do that, you are not smart enough to vote. …and you certainly can’t help grow Second Life.