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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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5 reasons grids should avoid BitCoin – Hypergrid Business

5 reasons grids should avoid BitCoin – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

For some, BitCoin is the future of online payments, an alternative to our current, outmoded, failing financial system.

But before you bet your company’s future on BitCoin, here are some thoughts to consider.

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Valve Economics | Video Game Company Hires Economist To Study Virtual Worlds

Valve Economics | Video Game Company Hires Economist To Study Virtual Worlds | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

At that point, I was more than intrigued. I was interested! ...the notion that a computer game company has surreptitiously and quite spontaneously created virtual economies that it comprehends as ‘economies’ (which deserve study and regulation) was enough to write back instantly

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Misfit's Index of Viewers (MIV) - Excelsior Station

Misfit's Index of Viewers (MIV) - Excelsior Station | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Collection of viewers that work in OpenSim.  [If you're only using Second Life, here's a link to their official Third-Party Viewer page: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Third_Party_Viewer_Directory

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A Shining announcement: major improvements coming to SL

A Shining announcement: major improvements coming to SL | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Yesterday Linden Lab announced a major series of new initiatives aimed at improving the overall SL experience. The announcement came via a Tools and Technology  blog post...

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Toyota Announces Virtual Holographic Singers "Mikuscape" & Hatsune Miku LA Augmented Reality Experience

Toyota Announces Virtual Holographic Singers "Mikuscape" & Hatsune Miku LA Augmented Reality Experience | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

After a long silence, Toyota is ready to continue their Hatsune Miku x Corolla marketing campaign by rewarding fans who interact with Toyota marketing tools.

Toyota has announced that they will be holding an event called "Mikuscape" at the Royal/T cosplay cafe in Culver City, California on September 16th. This invite only event will have themed deserts and drinks and will focus on Hatsune Miku fan art and the collaboration between Hatsune Miku and the Toyota Corolla. There will also be a "live, performance art piece that melds Miku and the Corolla." Invitations to the event will go out to 100 people, chosen at random from those who participate in Toyota Corolla's Facebook Application. In addition, from September 15th to the 25th, the Royal/T's pop-up store space will "be transformed into Hatsune Miku's garage for her official vehicle, the Toyota Corolla."

Toyota will also be celebrating the launch of the Hatsune Miku Augmented Reality Experience on September 16th. Those who download Toyota's Shopping Tool App for iPhone or Android will "be able to view Hatsune Miku singing and dancing in 3-D alongside the 2011 Corolla." The target image which the smartphone camera must be pointed at will be made available for download on www.toyota.com/CorollaMiku starting on September 16th.


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New World Notes: 7 Things You Need to Know About Cloud Party, The Web-Based, Cloud-Deployed, User-Created Virtual World

New World Notes: 7 Things You Need to Know About Cloud Party, The Web-Based, Cloud-Deployed, User-Created Virtual World | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Cloud Party, the web-based user-generated 3D virtual world backed by SL co-founder Cory Ondrejka and Cryptic Studios vet Bruce Rogers, has caused crazy buzz among the SL community, and among Linden Lab developers past and present.
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Emotes & Slow Motion Animation — JUICYBOMB Second Life ...

Emotes & Slow Motion Animation — JUICYBOMB Second Life ... | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Cajsa asked me to contribute my Emotes & Slow Motion Animation tutorial for the Blogger Carnival at SL9B exhibit, so I've decided to update the images, but the instructions are all the same. In the original tutorial from 2008, ...

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Post Pedophile Scandal, Habbo Hotel Is Opening For Business Again | TechCrunch

Post Pedophile Scandal, Habbo Hotel Is Opening For Business Again | TechCrunch | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

LaFontaine says that the decision to “mute” all conversations on the site, which it took after the UK’s Channel Four broadcast its exposé on Tuesday, had a “massive business impact” on the site — financial amount not specified, but the company makes money off the sale of virtual goods. That would have been largely halted in the process of the part-closure, resulting in a revenue loss that would have been compounded by some users leaving the site altogether in the wake of the scandal.

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OpenSim Creations | share amaze

OpenSim Creations | share amaze | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

OpenSim Creations (OSC) is a site for publishing assets for use in OpenSim and Second Life based virtual worlds.

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Radio Riel's 5th Anniversary

Radio Riel's 5th Anniversary | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

On June 1, 2007, Radio Riel launched as an internet radio adventure with the intention to provide Classical and 19th Century music in Second Life. 5 years, 6 streams and 1000s of broadcast hours later, we are honored to provide "soundtracks" for listeners all over the world!

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GraphicSpeak » The parallel universe is growing in the NAB world

GraphicSpeak » The parallel universe is growing in the NAB world | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

CUDA, OpenCL, and OpenGL all come into play as professional graphics applications learn to play nice with multiple CPUs and GPUs. ...Now, if only SecondLife could integrate OpenGL effectively

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New World Notes: Want to Save Your Second Life Estate? Do What Desmond Did, and Offer Your Renters a Minecraft Server

New World Notes: Want to Save Your Second Life Estate? Do What Desmond Did, and Offer Your Renters a Minecraft Server | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Last month I mentioned that SL land baron Desmond Shang has a Minecraft server which he offers free to people who rent space on his steampunk-themed estate of Caledon, and here's an interesting follow-up: Minecraft is helping him keep his estate in Second Life thriving.

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Bryn Oh: Virtual art - the immersivist

Bryn Oh: Virtual art - the immersivist | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

The artist opines about creating in 3-d platforms and their specific experiences in Second Life.  [This is the first in a series.]

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New World Notes: Will The WELL Survive? Members Pledge $100K+ to Buy Influential Virtual Community from Corporate Owners

New World Notes: Will The WELL Survive? Members Pledge $100K+ to Buy Influential Virtual Community from Corporate Owners | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
The WELL is a virtual online community with user-generated content that was so influential, it was once featured on the cover of Wired magazine, and a top 80's UK pop star created an account, to promote his brand there.
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38 Studios: Requiem for a Lost Virtual World | Wolfshead Online

38 Studios: Requiem for a Lost Virtual World | Wolfshead Online | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Wolfshead discusses the impact of Curt Schilling's 38 Studios going bankrupt.
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Botgirl's Identity Circus: More on Second Life and the New Frontier

Botgirl's Identity Circus: More on Second Life and the New Frontier | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

"I don't think Second Life will continue its leadership as a virtual world platform. It's too tied to outdated technology, legacy code and an established community that has a huge amount of equity in the current paradigm."

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Free for All: Second Life, the little 75 million-dollar engine that could

Free for All: Second Life, the little 75 million-dollar engine that could | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Beau Hindman recaps some Second Life highlights in this Massively column that celebrates the platform's 9th year.

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HyperGrid, OpenSim, & 3D Web | HyperGrid Teleport Networks

HyperGrid, OpenSim, & 3D Web | HyperGrid Teleport Networks | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

An aggregator/gateway for the HyperGrid

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Grid numbers rise, visitors fall – Hypergrid Business

Grid numbers rise, visitors fall – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

We are now tracking a total of 313 different publicly-accessible grids, 171 of which were active this month, and 140 of which published their statistics.

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Avination donates code to improve OpenSim guns, vehicles – Hypergrid Business

Avination donates code to improve OpenSim guns, vehicles – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

We use the Community Combat System in Second Life.  The CEO of Avination is one its developers.


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Firestorm for Opensim and More

Firestorm for Opensim and More | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Firestorm is going to extend its focus and improve support for other grids ...will offer TWO versions of Firestorm. One for Second Life with Pathfinding Havok goodness, and one for other grids without Havok. 

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Kitely to add in-world payments this month – Hypergrid Business

Kitely to add in-world payments this month – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

The way Kitely works is that users either buy Kitely Credits a-la-carte that they can use to cover their Kitely usage fees, or sign up for one of several plans — each of which not only offers a certain amount of in-world time, but also comes with its own allotment of Kitely Credits. Unused Kitely Credits roll over to the next month. So, since there has been little to spend them on so far, other than covering usage costs for visitors, users have simply be watching the credits add up.

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Hatsune Miku, Japan’s Hologram Pop Idol

Hatsune Miku, Japan’s Hologram Pop Idol | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
The surprise revival of Tupac Shakur in hologram form at Coachella this weekend stunned audiences—but Japan’s been onto the hologram game for years. Meet Hatsune Miku, Japan’s biggest (fictional) pop star.
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A delusional life on film « Mind Hacks

A delusional life on film « Mind Hacks | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
A curiously recursive case of psychosis, reported in the latest issue of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, about a person who worked on a reality TV show who had the delusion that they were on a reality TV show.
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How Facebook Killed the Virtual World | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

How Facebook Killed the Virtual World | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

"In term of the free exchange of ideas, it is more of a nightmare. And it was not Zuck who brought us a new kind of interconnected commerce. But being downmarket about the dream (instead of demanding and exclusive) is what brought critical mass to the new mode of social connectivity in a way that virtual worlds were never going to do.'

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