Hamlet has an article about an article written by Rowland Manthorpe… respectively named; Gods & Devils: Wired UK’s Rowland Manthorpe on What He Learned by Writing About Sansar, High Fidelity… and Palmer Luckey’s Trump Support and Second Life was just the beginning. Philip Rosedale is back and he’s delving into VR.
The Rowland article is worth your time to read. It is interesting in several ways. If you are a post-Rosedale (SL founder) SL’er then you’ll get some idea of Second Life’s history and what Rosedale was doing and hopping to build.
Hamlet sees a contrast between High-Fidelity founder and CEO Philip Rosedale and Second Life/Sansar CEO Ebbe Altberg. Philip being about dreams and Ebbe being about practical usability and giving people what they want. Hamlet thinks neither can work saying, “Neither approach is right, but it really shapes what they’re producing.” Don’t read too much into what Hamlet says. He may just be pointing out that a diet of pure dream or pure user ‘wants’ runs into problems. I think it takes some mix of the two as well as other things to make things work.
I doubt either CEO can completely achieve their goals. Only time will tell.
An interesting point is the idea that High-Fidelity users will set up their own servers. Ebbe rightly asks who does that? Well, OpenSim users do. But, we’ve seen how that works… or doesn’t. I even set up my own 9 regions in OSGrid. It wasn’t easy.
We have seen companies trying to run grids as SL runs theirs. The company sets up the servers and rents them out at way low prices. But, that has never taken off either. It still isn’t that easy and after you learn to run the server, whether you or a hosting company sets it up, you still have to learn how OpenSim regions and viewers work.
The OpenSim grids are deserted and few people play there. OpenSim is a great place to test things built for Second life. Beats using the Linden preview grid, unless you need to test complex script timings.
As Ebbe points out, we don’t setup much of anything to use Facebook, Google+, Plurk, Twitter, and whatever. Open an account and go.
Philip sees High-Fidelity as being like the Internet, not a hosted service. I take it that Philip is ignoring the backbone providers and Domain naming services that are hosted services that enable the Internet. It gets really fuzzy as to who is doing what and how people will use it. But, Philip may be able to provide the virtual world services that enable the Hy-Fy world and make it work while we pay for the computers running the worlds in our homes and businesses.
Ebbe, mean while, is building something like SL where users don’t have to deal with servers and technical stuff. My perception is a huge number of SL users are unaware that server and viewer software is updated weekly, almost weekly. When we the last time the Facebook system updated? I don’t know.
Did you notice Hamlet slamming Luckey because he supports Trump. No tolerance or acceptance of diversity to be found in Hamlet. Nor does he make any mention of Hillary paying people to start violence at rump rallies. See: Inciting violence, voter fraud, and Hillary Directly Involved (Ducks).
If you support Trump then no matter how bright, gifted, or contributing to the social wellbeing you are in other areas, the Left cannot tolerate or permit your beliefs. You are a bigoted racist. I think it is becoming clear and clear who the bigoted, intolerant, racists are.