As best I can tell people use either Second Life or IMVU. It
may just be the circles I run in but, I never hear people saying they play in
both. I suspect a few do. So, the Reddit threat on Second
Life or IMVU? Caught my attention. For a rational discussion it would seem
people would need to have experienced both.
There aren’t many people in the conversation so far. Those
engaging so far have been in both. Yay!
The word for new people trying SL is to stay out of the Safe
Hubs. I agree. If you have seen the video Hamlet pointed to in Reddit’s
Griefer-Free /SecondLife Community you’ll probably agree it represents the
mentality found in the Safe Hubs. Sadly pathetic.
about the video is getting pretty long. Hamlet labels it ‘special’. I
suppose if one takes the video and discussion at face value it is pretty
special. Otherwise it is a mash up of various people on about whatever is their
Hypergrid Business has an article about what Linden Lab’s® move to the cloud may mean for OpenSim grids. By knowing what may happen to OpenSim we can infer what is likely to happen to Second Life.
David Kariuki thinks moving to the cloud will allow Linden Lab to run on demand regions. Meaning if no one is in the region, the region would spin down and drop out of the servers, go offline. When someone is on the grid next door or TP’s there, the region loads into a server and spins up.
Brand New Colony (Sept. 2017)
The result is fewer servers would be needed, a huge cost saving in hardware and electricity.
It sounds to me like this could be a performance problem. Would we have to wait while the region spins up? Or can a region load fast enough we wouldn’t notice? We don’t know. Continue reading →
I think this is funny. There are people that are friends with various members of the development community, Linden and third party. It isn’t so much that developers help out their friends more than others as it is familiarity with a person allows you tell when they are up to something or holding something back. That is a sign to start digging.
Palmer Luckey is mentioned as talking about it being harder to abusive in VR than in the current 3D virtual worlds we have now. MO doesn’t exactly point us to where it is Palmer is talking. But, their article is inspired by an article on Re/code and they quote Palmer, “Virtual reality will make it a lot harder to be a total dick to somebody online.” Re/code says Philip Rosedale, co-founder of Second Life™ and CEO of High Fidelity, agrees. Continue reading →
Over on Hypergrid Business Maria Korolov is reporting: OSgrid is back.
New Firestorm Region in OSGrid
February 24, 2015 @ 6:45 PM the OSGrid folks tweeted the re-opening of the grid. Plus the blog has an announcement: OSGrid Online.
Yay! While this doesn’t mean OSGrid is completely up or stable, it is open to logins. They warn that there may be outages as servers are tweaked. But, they feel the grid should mostly be up and open and no more major problems.
For those that run their own regions, new server software is available for download. Also, there are some instructions in the OSGrid blog for getting existing regions back up. See the announcement link above.
As you might imagine, there is likely to be a rush of people logging in. This may place heavy load on the system and slow things down.
The Road to VR has an article about Convrge. Convrge is a social VR platform for the Oculus Rift. They have pictures of the world being built. It looks like Minecraft with triangles. It is promoted as a low-poly, high performance virtual world.
The avatars are a bit weird. At this point it is hard to know what they intend to build, witout digging deeper, no time for that. See: YouTube.
Interestingly the world can be streamed to a browser. That probably isn’t the Oculus image/view that gets streamed, but I’m guessing.
The big NEW THING is a 2D movie screen in a 3D world… uuuh, OK… I’m not excited… From what I am reading it looks like the developers plan to build the world and users create the events.