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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Botgirl's Identity Circus: Second Life Controversies Timeline

Botgirl's Identity Circus: Second Life Controversies Timeline | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Amazing documentation of the Second Life roadmap, marked by its speedbumps.  Use the slider to see an overview of a given event, then click for the documentation.

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How Amazon is changing the rules for books and movies - CNET

How Amazon is changing the rules for books and movies - CNET | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

How Amazon is changing the rules for books and moviesCNETThe online retail giant is tapping its huge customer base and vast technical underpinnings to reshape the way books, movies, and television programs are made.


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dolittlesaymuch's comment, May 22, 2012 10:55 AM
I've been involved with professional writers and writers groups for years, and I can guarantee that these changes are already sweeping the industry. While the new paradigm is still in flux, we already see signs of it settling into a very beneficial state--beneficial for writers and readers alike. New York's "Big 6" publishers no longer dictate which and what type of new books hit the market. And as a result, so much of the "formula fiction" that has bored this reader for far too long will slowly disappear from the mainstream radar.
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Bitcoins worth $87,000 plundered in brazen server breach | Ars Technica

Bitcoins worth $87,000 plundered in brazen server breach | Ars Technica | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Unknown hackers broke into Bitcoinica, a site that trades the virtual currency.
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Andromeda Media Group: 3D Virtual Worlds and the Metaverse ...

Andromeda Media Group: 3D Virtual Worlds and the Metaverse ... | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

This paper surveys the current status of computing as it applies to 3D virtual spaces and outlines what is needed to move from a set of independent virtual worlds to an integrated network of 3D virtual worlds or “Metaverse” ...

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3D Virtual Worlds vs. MMORPGs

3D Virtual Worlds vs. MMORPGs | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Everything that makes 3D Virtual Worlds popular, can now be found in MMORPGs too, except user created content.  Author makes the argument this is not enough to stop their slow decline.

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Andromeda Media Group: Another Day In Paradise

Andromeda Media Group: Another Day In Paradise | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Does ease of access hurt immersion and our enjoyment of virtual worlds?  Good thought-piece on what v-worlds might be like if teleportation on demand was removed or constricted.

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Utherverse offers virtual world franchises – Hypergrid Business

Utherverse offers virtual world franchises – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Utherverse is the leading developer of the 3D Web, the Virtual World Web (VWW), which currently consists of more than 70,000 independently operated virtual business-worlds and millions of personal virtual worlds. The company was formed in 2002 with the goal of supplementing the flat web with a 3D web that could bring a new kind of efficiency to businesses and users, in entertainment, education, commerce and charity.

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Avatar UV Texture "Templates" for use in Linden Lab's Second Life - Tutorial © Robin Wood 2009

Avatar UV Texture "Templates" for use in Linden Lab's Second Life - Tutorial © Robin Wood 2009 | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

If you'd like to have a UV Suit like the one shown, to wear in SL, you can find one at the Texture Tutorials in Livingtree, in the Avatar section.

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The World’s First High Dynamic Range 3D Virtual Tour

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This is how we made the World's First High Dynamic Range Full 360 Degree Stereoscopic Virtual tour.
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Building Community in Second Life, or Not

Building Community in Second Life, or Not | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Honour blogs about building community in Second Life and actions the Lab is taking that fly in the face of history.

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Reality Crumbles: Whatever Happened to VR?

That company was Virtuality. Founded by a dashing and charismatic Phd graduate by the name of Jonathan D. Waldern, it placed the UK at the vanguard of a Virtual Reality revolution that captured the imagination of millions before collapsing spectacularly amid unfulfilled promises and public apathy.

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Second Life – Virtual Environment Review

Second Life – Virtual Environment Review | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Interesting first-time-user review of the Second Life platform.  SecondLife should take note that most of the writer's complaints center around the bugginess of the SecondLife viewer.  

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New Linden policy may hurt viewer development - Hypergrid Business

Hypergrid BusinessNew Linden policy may hurt viewer developmentHypergrid BusinessOf most interest to OpenSim users, the guidelines require that the viewer be “primarily focused on Second Life as a target market, and have a significant base of users...
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Kitely now disconnects idlers, replaces OARs – Hypergrid Business

Kitely now disconnects idlers, replaces OARs – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

One of the worries for customers of Kitely‘s pay-by-the-minute OpenSim platform has been that an avatar accidentally logged into the grid could drain a user’s account.

This is a particular issue for owners who opt to pay for their visitors’ usage time.

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ihobo: Implicit Game Aesthetics (5): McGonigal and Suits

ihobo: Implicit Game Aesthetics (5): McGonigal and Suits | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
The game designer and researcher Jane McGonigal provides an approach to defining 'game' in her book Reality is Broken: Why games make us better and how they can change the world (pictured left) that will serve as a convenient segue...
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New World Notes: Lumiya: Second Life Viewer for Android Phones ...

New World Notes: Lumiya: Second Life Viewer for Android Phones ... | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
The latest version of the Lumiya Second Life viewer for Android phones and tablets comes with a pretty cool feature: 3D display of the world itself. (Lumiya homepage here.) Unless I missed another one, this is now the only SL ...
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Free OpenSim in a snap – Hypergrid Business

Free OpenSim in a snap – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Maria Korolov raves about New World Studio's packaging of the OpenSim code and walks us through her install process.

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BBC News - A real way into a virtual world

BBC News - A real way into a virtual world | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Dan Simmons investigates how avatars and virtual reality are becoming more like real life.

Via Mal Burns
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Advanced Use of Dragon NaturallySpeaking in Second Life® | Syzygy Community

Advanced Use of Dragon NaturallySpeaking in Second Life® | Syzygy Community | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

While it is fantastic to be able to chat within Second Life®, and interact in a basic sense with our environment, some individuals may find it useful to explore advanced features both within Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Second Life® to accomplish much more and also speed up the time it takes to interact with Second Life®.

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Virtual Reality Sheds Light on Learning with Autism - capradio.org

Virtual Reality Sheds Light on Learning with Autism - capradio.org | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

UC Davis is using virtual reality to learn how autistic adolescents manage to think, talk and interact at the same time. They hope the study will help the estimated 740,000 autistic kids in public schools get more from the classroom.

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The Hurd Library Virtual Tour

Take a journey back in time with the Hurd Library virtual tour. Use the floor plan below to explore the rooms. When you click an area you will have the option to start the virtual tour in either 2D or 3D. To experience the tour in 3D you will need a pair of Red / Cyan glasses.

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Press Pass

Press Pass | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Since January 2010 Press Pass was estabished . The network consists of blogs, groups, twitter, other social networks and subscription kiosk and inworld studio of Press Pass, also the blogger enrollments.
Since 2012 we have been more active then ever and get on average 4,500 page view hits monthly and higher.

 

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The Digital Pasture: Beautiful Second Life part 2

The Digital Pasture: Beautiful Second Life part 2 | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Penny Patton blogs about why Linden Lab needs to present a more impressive image of Second Life and gives tips on how they can achieve that.

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A Norwegian Storyteller uses Second Life to Enhance Physical World Performances

A Norwegian Storyteller uses Second Life to Enhance Physical World Performances | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

The Norwegian Arts Council is sponsoring this demonstration of storytelling which uses a combination of virtual and physical elements. You have a variety of options open to you for participation in this ongoing event (including the opportunity to add your own stories) but it isn’t just avatars who will experience Kromosomer.

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Face recognition could catch bad avatars - New Scientist

Face recognition could catch bad avatars - New Scientist | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Face recognition could catch bad avatarsNew ScientistSuch an unusual perpetrator would be easy to identify in the physical realm, but this break-in took place in a virtual world, where odd-looking avatars are the norm.
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