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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Linden Lab - A once great place to work with an exciting product now on the decline

Linden Lab - A once great place to work with an exciting product now on the decline | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

"Senior Management is a no show, literally, and does not want any input from the staff, believing that any input from longterm employees is at best an annoyance and at worse grounds for leading employees to the door - only newly hired employees can be trusted." <--- If this is an accurate assessment of the situation at Linden Labs then Second Life is on the road to failure.

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Lab acquires, users speculate

Lab acquires, users speculate | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

“LittleTextPeople brings a depth and breadth of AI and interactive story development expertise that is a great fit for Linden Lab as we launch multiple new products,” said Rod Humble, CEO of Linden Lab. “The result of this investment will be a new type of digital entertainment that modernizes the novel as a shared story-telling experience."

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CFP: Law and Virtual Worlds

CFP: Law and Virtual Worlds | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Authors are invited to submit papers that are innovative, original, and contribute to the advancement of understanding of law as it applies to virtual worlds.

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Second Life Newser: "1000 Avatar" Artist Starts "Crowdfunder" to take Project to Real-Life/SL Art Show

Second Life Newser: "1000 Avatar" Artist Starts "Crowdfunder" to take Project to Real-Life/SL Art Show | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

SL avatar Gracie Kendel is the artist behind the 1000 Avatar Project, she's taking the 1000+ Avatars project into real-life and is looking for funding using the Crowdfunder platform.

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Rivers Run Red leaves Second Life for Kitely, Unity – Hypergrid Business

Rivers Run Red leaves Second Life for Kitely, Unity – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

or ...why the high costs of simulations in SecondLife don't scale.

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Free for All: Old Second Life documentary still highlights truths

Free for All: Old Second Life documentary still highlights truths | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

My favorite quote from this Beau Hindman piece: "Name the last MMO documentary that featured art and positive social interaction more than virtual sex or gaming addiction and I'll buy you a hot dog."  Good to read some positivity on Second Life!

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Project Aims to Slash Cost of Virtual Worldbuilding - DefenseNews.com (subscription)

Project Aims to Slash Cost of Virtual Worldbuilding - DefenseNews.com (subscription) | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Project Aims to Slash Cost of Virtual Worldbuilding in DefenseNews.com | By KRISTIN QUINN | Lockheed Martin's Virtual World Labs is developing an Internet framework meant to promote interoperability among and lower the cost of creating them.  

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Second Life’s greatest strengths are also its greatest weaknesses

Second Life’s greatest strengths are also its greatest weaknesses | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
If I were to make a list of the top three things that are responsible for Second Life being as great as it is – and that is exactly what I’m doing today – it would read equally well as a list of things that hold Second Life back.
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Second Live | Who's Who of Metaverse Live Musicians

Second Live | Who's Who of Metaverse Live Musicians | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

I love when people come together to support each other.  Second Live looks to be a good resource for people making live music in Second Life.

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Brief exploration of creativity in virtual world of Second Life

Brief exploration of creativity in virtual world of Second Life | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Interesting article from the academy on how the Four C model of creativity applies to the virtual world of Second Life.

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Doppelgängers – a new form of self? - Vol. 25, Part 1 ( January 2012)

Doppelgängers – a new form of self? - Vol. 25, Part 1 ( January 2012) | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Jeremy N. Bailenson explores the question of what happens when individuals are exposed to their autonomous doppelgängers in the form of virtual avatars. Does existing psychological theory provide predictions regarding the experience of seeing oneself from the third person?

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Radio Riel ~ Real Radio, Your Reality!

Radio Riel ~ Real Radio, Your Reality! | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Radio Riel is an Internet-based public radio station supported by listeners and sponsors, with six audio streams including the marvelous Radio Riel STEAMPUNK station!  If you love Steampunk, you'll love Radio Riel!

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The Virtual World Technologist: SecondLife ~ Open Sim Wrap UP of Viewers

The Virtual World Technologist: SecondLife ~ Open Sim Wrap UP of Viewers | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

List of viewers by a Second Life user who has tested most of them.

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Marvel Comics Goes After Second Life Vendors | Krypton Radio

Marvel Comics Goes After Second Life Vendors | Krypton Radio | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
Last week vendors using the online marketplace for the popular MMO Second Life were treated to a number of takedown notices from Marvel Comics for offering avatars for sale that resembled characters from Marvel Comics.

Via Mal Burns
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Can the Game "Second Life" Teach our Children Personal Finance? | Money for College Project

Can the Game "Second Life" Teach our Children Personal Finance? | Money for College Project | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Can the game Second Life teach our children personal finance skills or earn us over $1million in US dollars? ...Second Life residents in the “Credit Union Island” game can sit through seminars and classes on finance skills, they can open up bank accounts, they can apply for credit, they can create a budget, and then they can actually spend their money on things in a pseudo economy.

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Kitely starts charging; gives one free region to all – Hypergrid Business

Kitely starts charging; gives one free region to all – Hypergrid Business | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

When you consider that Kitely regions are functionally difficult to distinguish from Second Life regions — both use Vivox voice, both support mesh and media-on-a-prim, both can be accessed with the standard Second Life viewers — this is a fantastic deal for users who don’t need access to Second Life’s community.

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DoD gives PTSD help 'second life' in virtual reality | Article | The United States Army

DoD gives PTSD help 'second life' in virtual reality | Article | The United States Army | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it
The Department of Defense launched a computer-based virtual world last week where Soldiers can anonymously learn about the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and where to get help.
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Rutgers University :: Virtual Justice | Greg Lastowka

Rutgers University :: Virtual Justice | Greg Lastowka | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

In Virtual Justice, Greg Lastowka illustrates the real legal dilemmas posed by virtual worlds. Presenting the most recent lawsuits and controversies, he explains how governments are responding to the chaos on the cyberspace frontier. After an engaging overview of the history and business models of today’s virtual worlds, he explores how laws of property, jurisdiction, crime, and copyright are being adapted to pave the path of virtual law.

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OpenSim vs Second Life vs Minecraft

OpenSim vs Second Life vs Minecraft | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

OpenSim vs Second Life vs Minecraft...thougthful article by someone working on all three of these platforms.

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Litigating Trademark And Copyright Cases In The Metaverse | The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Litigating Trademark And Copyright Cases In The Metaverse | The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel | A Virtual Worlds Miscellany | Scoop.it

Virtual worlds don't exist outside of trademark and copyright protections ...good article that gives an overview of some of the case law.

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