The State of the Metaverse
So with a lot of State of the Union, and State of the Nation, and State of the State speeches the last week or so, how about a quick view at the state of the Metaverse?
Second Life has seen no real growth at all in the last calendar year. This according to their last quarterly report. IMVU seems to still be growing but not at the pace they were a year ago. Other promising 3DVWs like Twinity and Blue Mars are still barely populated, despite massive increases in real estate to explore.
Open Sim News
The past few months have seen a bit of new stuff in Open Sim. Version 0.7 was released, proving to be a major improvement. Open Sim will probably support mesh within days of SL’s support of mesh (whenever that happens). Some new branch projects are being developed, primarily to work on physics. Then there is the NASA education project that decided Open Sim was better than SL.
The push is on to get rid of clients that still run on version 1. Linden Lab is doing their part by blocking search on version 1 clients. Open Sim is doing their part by implementing the 2.0 client features like web on a prim. The Third Party Viewer community is doing their part by making 2.0 compatible viewers that have significantly more features than either version 1 or the official viewer. See this video demo for the latest Phoenix viewer.