A Virtual Worlds Miscellany
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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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Virtual Training World For Law Enforcement Inflicts Real Pain

Virtual Training World For Law Enforcement Inflicts Real Pain | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
One of the world's top special effects houses is teaming up with one of the world's biggest defense contractors to create a fully immersive virtual reality training world for SWAT teams and other law enforcement types.
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Virtual Highway adds search, calendar, Lightshare – Hypergrid Business

Virtual Highway adds search, calendar, Lightshare – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Virtual Highway — one of the top 20 #OpenSim grids by land area and popularity — announced a major new upgrade today that includes new search functionality, an events calendar, Lightshare support, and a redesigned website. #SL #vworlds

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webspelunker - My Travels Across Second Life: STEAM 7: Back Among the Steampunks

webspelunker - My Travels Across Second Life: STEAM 7: Back Among the Steampunks | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

There will be about one hundred and forty for STEAM 7 including some hunters like Glorf Bulmer who are now merchants themselves. Several dozen merchants are new to the Hunt which Perryn believes is a real plus to the increasing popularity of the Hunts.

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Virtual surfers keep riding digital waves - SurferToday

Virtual surfers keep riding digital waves - SurferToday | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Virtual surfers keep riding digital waves in SecondLife.  The online virtual world founded in 2003, has opened new creative ways of chasing waves when the real life ocean was flat.  Report also discusses how the surfer v-worlds have expanded beyond SL into OpenSIM.

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What makes us return to Second Life? « Gwyn's Home

What makes a “core group” of residents remain around, year after year, while the majority of new residents hardly complete the whole registration procedure? This, in fact, is Linden Lab’s most challenging question. And while they have been trying to answer it since at least the SL Viewer2.0 has been developed, there doesn’t seem to be a ‘right’ answer.

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ReactionGrid moves away from OpenSim – Hypergrid Business

ReactionGrid moves away from OpenSim – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Florida-based ReactionGrid, a pioneer in OpenSim hosting for corporations and educators, is scaling back on its OpenSim business in favor of its Unity-based Jibe platform, and considering closing down its namesake grid.

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Should we gamify the hypergrid? – Hypergrid Business

Should we gamify the hypergrid? – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

With the expected arrival of Hypergrid 2.0, some large commercial grids — including Avination and Kitely — will be turning on hypergrid connectivity, adding a few thousand more regions for us to index.

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Social Banking

Social Banking | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

The time and energy we can invest in others socially – in terms of building and maintaining friendships – is a lot like money; we cannot spend it in two places at once. Given that we have a limited budget with which to build and maintain relationships, it’s of vital importance for some cognitive system to assess the probability of social returns from its investment; likewise, individuals have a vested interest in manipulating that assessment in others in order to further their goals.


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Immersive eLearning Environments: Why They Work

Immersive eLearning Environments: Why They Work | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou eLearning courses provide opportunity to crea...

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Second Life Stays on Nielsen's Latest Top 10 Played PC Games & Increases Total Share, Engagement | Games Industry Blog

Second Life Stays on Nielsen's Latest Top 10 Played PC Games & Increases Total Share, Engagement | Games Industry Blog | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Second Life has maintained its position on the latest Top 10 most played PC Game chart from Nielsen ratings, based on data the service gathers from application activity in 180,000+ US homes.
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How developers deal with griefers

How developers deal with griefers | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Simon Hill: "Griefers, the people in games that deliberately try to annoy others, are a problem for gamers. So how do developers plan design a game knowing that a small group will actively try to undermine their work?"


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Personal Perspective: The End of the Second Life Community Convention | Fleep's Deep Thoughts

Personal Perspective: The End of the Second Life Community Convention | Fleep's Deep Thoughts | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
You may have read the official announcement that AvaCon is not organizing a Second Life Community Convention this year.
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Virtual Outworlding: Kit: Resources for the entertainment business in Second Life Summary 2012

Virtual Outworlding: Kit: Resources for the entertainment business in Second Life Summary 2012 | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
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FireSabre waives fees for ReactionGrid refugees – Hypergrid Business

FireSabre waives fees for ReactionGrid refugees – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Starlight offers both secure private spaces aimed at K-12 users as well as Starlight Public Spaces for educational non-profits, colleges, universities and other educational users that want a public-facing virtual world.

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5 ways to increase land sales - Hypergrid Business

5 ways to increase land sales - Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
5 ways to increase land salesHypergrid BusinessAnd with OpenSim region hosting prices starting at just $5 a month, there is really no financial obstacle to renting.
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Metaverse Traveller: Linden Labs At War With Opensim!

Metaverse Traveller: Linden Labs At War With Opensim! | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
You will forgive me for opening this post with a little dramatics, the rebel flag and all, but read on and you will see why. Linden Labs has been firing shots at Opensim for some while now and I don't just mean a war of words ...
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Linden Lab cuts viewer link to OpenSim – Hypergrid Business

Linden Lab cuts viewer link to OpenSim – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

This past spring, Linden Lab warned third party viewer developers to drop support for OpenSim if they wanted to get access to new features.  This week, Linden Lab closed that access route, removing support for the “-loginURI” parameter from the development versions of the standard viewer, reported OSGrid president Michael Emory Cerquoni.

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Science magazine prize goes to virtual world where undergrads explore DNA | Virtual Web NEWS

Science magazine prize goes to virtual world where undergrads explore DNA | Virtual Web NEWS | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

White is the winner of the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction (IBI). He won the award for his creation of Aipotu, a computer-simulated world in which students apply the tools of genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology and evolution to develop an understanding of the formation of color in a flower.

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New World Notes: Myst Co-Creator Rand Miller Thinks Worlds Like Second Life & Uru Live Have a Future on Tablets

New World Notes: Myst Co-Creator Rand Miller Thinks Worlds Like Second Life & Uru Live Have a Future on Tablets | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Recently I corresponded with Rand Miller, co-creator of Myst (with his brother Robyn), and lead developer of realMyst, the new iPad game which takes the original PC classic and converts it into an immersive, 3D animated experience for the tablet...
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Features of a minimum usable WebGL viewer – Hypergrid Business

Features of a minimum usable WebGL viewer – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Maria Korolov begins a discussion about what kind of viewer is needed for the WebGL worlds.

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Kitely cuts prices, adds cover charges – Hypergrid Business

Kitely cuts prices, adds cover charges – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Kitely, the OpenSim grid that charges people for the time they use rather than how much land they have, announced a dramatic price cut today, reducing the cost of its unlimited use plan from $100 to just $35 a month. The company also added a new feature where region owners can bill visitors for the time they spend on their land.

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Free Open University offers free OpenSim hosting – Hypergrid Business

Free Open University offers free OpenSim hosting – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

It’s been in the works for a couple of years now, and finally launched quietly last month — now the Free Open Grid project from Free Open University hopes to get 200,000 schools into OpenSim.

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GamePolitics | Rethinking the Digital Economy Act

GamePolitics | Rethinking the Digital Economy Act | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

UK Lawmakers to Repeal Site Banning Provisions from the Digital Economy Act.


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Are virtual conventions the way of the future?

Are virtual conventions the way of the future? | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
If a Vancouver software firm gains a foothold, corporate conventions, like the 15,000-delegate variety being staged by Microsoft in Toronto this week, could succumb to the digital revolution.
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