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A Virtual Worlds Miscellany
A collection on virtual worlds, with emphasis on Second Life and the Open Simulator Worlds. Also, roleplay.
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Kitely offers flat-rate regions for $40 - Hypergrid Business

Kitely offers flat-rate regions for $40 - Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Kitely offers flat-rate regions for $40Hypergrid BusinessKitely announced a flat-rate hosting option today, at $40 per region per month.
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Researching in Virtual Worlds: The Ethics of Ethnography: A Transcript

Researching in Virtual Worlds: The Ethics of Ethnography: A Transcript | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

On August 30, authors Tom Boellstroff and Celia Pearce met to discuss their book, Ethnography & Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method.  The transcript of their voice interview with AJ Kelton is now available


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Second Life losing 8.3 sims per day at i live in science land

Second Life losing 8.3 sims per day at i live in science land | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

SL’s private sim demise is not all their own fault – the global economy went blah, the novelty of SL wore off (pretty much in line with the Gartner hype cycle), and OpenSim has continually improved and its community has grown (as well as there also being many flavours of OpenSim which make it almost like multiple products competing with SL)

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Grids drop Second Life viewer – Hypergrid Business

Grids drop Second Life viewer – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Kitely, an on-demand OpenSim grid, cut off support for the official Second Life viewer today, as did the Brazilian social grid Meet3D.

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Second Thoughts: Lindens Makes a New 3-D Shareable Etch-a-Sketch (or 2D?)

Second Thoughts: Lindens Makes a New 3-D Shareable Etch-a-Sketch (or 2D?) | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Rod Humble, CEO of Linden Lab, makers of Second Life, have now at long last announced the new products they are making outside of our beloved virtual world. Creatorverse looks to me like a 3-D Shareable Etch-A-Sketch.
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New World Notes: Linden Lab Unveils iPad-Based Creatorverse & 3D Sandbox Game Patterns, Two of Four Non-SL Products for 2012

New World Notes: Linden Lab Unveils iPad-Based Creatorverse & 3D Sandbox Game Patterns, Two of Four Non-SL Products for 2012 | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
After a year of company hints, speculation, and insider info, Linden Lab has finally and officially announced two of the four new non-Second Life products the company will launch this year: Creatorverse, an iPad-based, physics-enabled creation toy,...
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Valve's CEO (Steam) says the future of gaming is about goods and services

Valve's CEO (Steam) says the future of gaming is about goods and services | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
While checking Natales Urriah's always informative blog today, I read this post about controversies stirred by Microsoft's future plans to include Windows Store to the coming release of Windows 8 and how this will affect other companies.
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OpenSim gains record-breaking 2,177 regions – Hypergrid Business

OpenSim gains record-breaking 2,177 regions – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

The top 40 largest OpenSim grids gained a record-breaking 2,177 regions since mid-August, the single biggest monthly gain in history. The new regions pushed the grids to 23,952 total regions, also a new high.

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Patent Database Search Results: "linden lab" in US Patent Collection

There sure are a lot of them!


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Fitiquette: Online Clothing Measurement Never Looked So Good | TechCrunch

Fitiquette: Online Clothing Measurement Never Looked So Good | TechCrunch | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Fitiquette is one of the first efforts to try to create shape-specific and size-specific images of how the article would look in real life. And by combining it with pieces that work for your body type, it’s also offering a recommendation engine.

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OPENSIM'S SECOND LARGEST COMMERCIAL GRID!!!!! HOW TO ...

OPENSIM'S SECOND LARGEST COMMERCIAL GRID!!!!! HOW TO ... | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Here I am on the genuinely wondrous GYPSY MOON region of a closed, commercial OpenSim grid, called InWorldz.(this isn't the big IMAB event, by the way) A week and a half after coming here for the first time, not only am I ...
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Linden Lab close JIRA, launch Bug Tracker

Linden Lab close JIRA, launch Bug Tracker | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Linden Lab today reported that they’ve effectively closed the Public JIRA system to users, and are launching a new “bug reporting project”.

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Better (Virtual) Worlds, Part 3 | =IcaruS= News

Better (Virtual) Worlds, Part 3 | =IcaruS= News | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

This is part 3 of a series on what v-worlds are and where they are going from the team at IcaruS (they are developers of multimedia and machinima in the metaverse and virtual worlds including Second Life and OpenSim). 

 

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I, Avatar: The Culture and Consequences of Having a Second Life

I, Avatar: The Culture and Consequences of Having a Second Life | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
"Gorgeously illustrated by both imagery and personal recollections, 'I, Avatar' is a whimsical, well-informed introduction to the Virtual World experience and its broader implications by a seasoned guide with valuable secrets to impart.
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The economics of video games

The economics of video games | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Guðmundsson leads a team of eight analysts poring over reams of data to make sure everything in Eve Online is running smoothly. His job bears more than a passing resemblance to that of Ben Bernanke, who oversees the U.S. economy from the Federal Reserve.

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Google offers virtual dives in world's coral reefs | The Raw Story

Google offers virtual dives in world's coral reefs | The Raw Story | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Google has begun letting users of its online mapping service take virtual scuba dives to explore precious living reefs being surveyed by scientists. The first underwater panoramic images were added to Google Maps with the ...
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5 Creepy Ways Video Games Are Trying to Get You Addicted

5 Creepy Ways Video Games Are Trying to Get You Addicted | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Video games? Addictive? Absolutely. And the designers did a damn good job, also.
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Open Virtual Worlds » Kinecting with the Virtual World

Open Virtual Worlds » Kinecting with the Virtual World | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

The first prototype of Armadillo has been released as part of the supporting material for NuiLib. Armadillo is a Virtual World client capable of supporting immersive interaction. The current prototype features basic Kinect integration for hands free control of your avatar. By making gestures with your arm you can move around, look around and fly through any Second Life Viewer compatible Virtual World.

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Talk Like a Pirate Party!

Talk Like a Pirate Party! | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Radio Riel & The NeoVictoria Project present “Talk Like a Pirate!” A live radio event to celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day! Mr. Edward Pearse will Disc Jockey. There will be prizes for best in male and female costumes!
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3D content creators form union – Hypergrid Business

3D content creators form union – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

The Content Creators Union will support and assist creators in facilitating this process. The DMCA is a legal action that creators have as an option to protect copyrighted work. We will investigate each claim as soon as possible and ask our members when taking action against possible violators to give them the benefit of doubt.

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ReactionGrid’s new website is up!

ReactionGrid’s new website is up! | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

After much work by the entire team, ReactionGrid’s new website is now live.

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Popularity and the official SL viewer | Living in the Modem World

Popularity and the official SL viewer | Living in the Modem World | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
... to see the same sort of choices that V1 had, and when that sort of choice appeared, I found I had to rely on a third-party developer, who had to repeat and test the work every time the Viewer was upgraded by Linden Labs.

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Andromeda Media Group: Destroyer of Virtual Worlds

Andromeda Media Group: Destroyer of Virtual Worlds | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

The greatest impediment to creating a Metaverse isn’t the lack of technology to do so, it’ the lack of understanding and an outright willful ignorance in the population that otherwise is quite rational.

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Metaverse Traveller: Second Life the Video Game According to Iron Man, Rodvik

Metaverse Traveller: Second Life the Video Game According to Iron Man, Rodvik | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Second Life attracts in excess of 10,000 signup's a day, so I have read, but has proved incapable of keeping any more than a fraction of them. If that wasn't bad enough we are now witnessing a steady drop in regions too and that has serious financial consequences when the major part of the Lab's cash flow is from hosting. But, whatever, the Lab has a savour!

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The Steampunk Tribune: The Steam Hunt has arrived in Second Life!

The Steampunk Tribune: The Steam Hunt has arrived in Second Life! | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
What characteristic would you consider the most important quality of a successful Steampunk sim? .... The Neo-Victoria Visitor Center, at the Machinima Sim (#45). And a special prize awaits those who make the trek to Cedar Bay ...
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