So I spent a fair amount of posts devoted to what seems to be a battle of "visions" going on in Second Life. A string of posts starting with this one I wrote a year ago. I have written so many I just decided to create a new sl visions tag. Click to see all …
From a Second Life perspective, a 3D Internet presents many challenges. The biggest one on the minds of most people is "How do I make money?" Because of the open nature of a 3D internet, any rules regarding permissions and copying simply cannot be enforced. The Second Life economic model will not work. There will be money making opportunities on the 3D internet, but the buying and selling of 3D goods for virtual cash can only be done in a closed off system like Second Life or an individual OS grid.
I have been following the Open Sim development for a couple of years now. Some of the latest developments have convinced me that if there is ever going to be a 3D internet, it will be based on Open Sim. I say this knowing that Open Sim currently has a rather low population of participants, low enough that one could question the sanity of such a statement. Well here is a brief summary of this conclusion.
Most people that play Second Life, run into this problem eventually: You want to build stuff, and cant afford a lot of land, so you go to a sand box region, and when you go, its laggy and overcrowded. There is a solution with OpenSim. You can create a free, lag free personal sandbox island on your own computer and build what you want.
I predicted a year ago how economic troubling times would affect virtual worlds: Those profitable ones are likely to be even more profitable as people seek out cheap entertainment. Those relying heavily on VC money will likely be hurtung as VC money dries up.
We used to go to really original places like Svarga, Straylight, and Insilico and be amazed. Now dozens of new servers pop up monthly with similar looks to these places. It is getting harder and harder for builders to trump the latest, and even if they do get something amazing built, it gets lost in the noise.
Hate to be the person that disagrees with pretty much everybody on this issue, but maybe I'm the only one who sees the big picture. Builderbot is an awesome idea and a key component to expansion of the 3D web. It is probably the most important 3rd party SL utility ever, and if Rezzable doesn't release theirs, someone out there should release something similar, including the ignoring copy permissions and ownership part. (click title to continue)
This is a detailed follow up to my earlier "comic" post about Open Sim. The Paradigm: The Open Grid For those who do not know, Open Sim is an open source clone of Second Life. The Second Life download client, itself an open source program, can connect to an Open Sim almost as easy as …