I Have Seen the Future, and it is Open Sim!

There is a lot to say about the Open Sim paradigm, and I'll be covering it in future posts. For now, I'll just say it is very early and there is a lot of work still to be done. Right now all it is is a poor substitute for Second Life, but I think it …

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Memo to 3DVW Devs: “It’s the AVATARS Stupid!”

I'm following up my 3 part problems with 3D Virtual Worlds (3DVWs) with a series of at least three observations on what REALLY makes a good 3DVW. There is a surprising amount of myths in this regard. It seems most builders of 3DVWs do not understand their own potential audience. Lets start with something that most …

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Fun With Virtual World Cartography

OK, where to start. Let me start with where the screenshot was taken. It was taken at Rumsey Maps, which includes a huge 3D map of Yosemite Valley, as well as a bunch of other cool examples of cartography. Maybe I should now start at the beginning. I was researching for an upcoming blog article …

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Second Life Cliché Bingo!

It seems that Second Life, especially the mainland, is like an American shopping mall. Go to any shopping mall and you will find the same 50 chain stores as the mall closest to your home. Most mainland builds are all the same unoriginal clichés repeated. I'm sure there are some original builds, but mostly its …

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There vs Second Life: Exploring

As a follow up to my last post on There vs. Second Life, I want to briefly explain my own history and interests in these two games. Everybody's tale is different, here is mine. As you may be able to tell on my There Magic page, one of my primary activities in There was exploring. …

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There vs. Second Life Revisited

Those of us into social virtual worlds have been debating this for 5 years: Which is better, There or Second Life? For the longest time, the answer was, "It depends what you want to do." Building was always better in Second Life, communication and "toys" (pets, cars, guns, hoverboards, etc) were better in There. In …

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Are you an RPer or an SNer?

I was thinking of blogging a review of all the changes to Second Life over the past year, and thought it sounded boring. I was also thinking about blogging about the major FUBAR advertising mess at Facebook, but everyone else has already, and the story is pretty over now. But it got me thinking. I …

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Second Earth?: The inevitable merge of virtual worlds

An interesting but long article about the merging of virtual worlds appears in this months Technolology Review. Here's the link, but it will probably require registration to read it. This of course is an interest of mine. I love exploring multiple virtual worlds, and two favorites are Second Life and Google Earth. The cliff notes …

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Winter Solstice in the Metaverse

Twas the Day of Solstice and all through the net Snow Colored Pixels on MMOGs they did set Old Ascalon Covered in Wintry Delight Inspired many to engage in a snowball fight Then skating in SL at the Winterfest Inn An axel, a flip, and even a spin Then on to the ski lift, a …

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