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New World Notes: Japanese-Themed Hosoi Ichiba Sims Leave SL for Kitely

New World Notes: Japanese-Themed Hosoi Ichiba Sims Leave SL for Kitely | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Hosoi Ichiba, a Japanese-themed SL market which supported six very beautiful sims, has entirely left Second Life, moving to the OpenSim-based Kitely.
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One wonders if the steadly loss of Second Life private regions - the main source of Linden Lab income - which has seen over 1500 gone this year alone is now starting to be matched by a steadly loss of content creators seeking other virtual platforms on which to do business. Not all are leaving Second Life however but many are looking outward in the wake of the recent Linden TOS scandle. Hosoi Ichiba has already been doing successful business on the Kitely Virtual Market Place and will re-build their SL region on the Kitely grid accoding to the article.

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, November 9, 2013 10:41 AM

The sims had attracted a community of some 150-200 SLers, owner Amiryu Hosoi tells me, "All very active in samurai, geisha and villagers roles", but the collapsing real world economy made it difficult for Hosoi to maintain those islands.

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Asil's comment, November 9, 2013 6:18 PM
Very sad news. Those were really beautiful SIMs.
CherryNetwork's curator insight, February 18, 8:39 PM

An awesome addition to the Kitely community...

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Opensim Virtual – Community – Google+

Opensim Virtual – Community – Google+ | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

Maria Korolov (Hypergrid Business) reported, "Opensim Virtual has rapidly become the go-to place for discussions about OpenSim, with 835 members at last count (Aug 2014). Lots of discussions going on here. People post links to useful articles, share content, post event announcements and special offers, and ask for advice. It’s a friendly, open and welcoming community."

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Apart from curating this Scoop.IT! news site I also moderate the successful Opensim Virtual community at Google plus in support of, and to promote, a free and open Metaverse of connected Hypergated worlds.

 

Everyone is welcome to visit and find out more about the free Metaverse.

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pings from the afterLife: Safari goes Metro

pings from the afterLife: Safari goes Metro | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

Uncertainty in the metaverse - think that's gonna stop us? No Way! Nara Malone and Zetamex's Timothy Rogers have very kindly made us a temporary home in Metropolis while the OSGrid Raid problems continue...

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Good to see more Hypergrid tours. Great way to find new grids/worlds and new friends that share a love of the open Metaverse.

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Gamer disclaimer: virtual worlds can be as fulfilling as real life

Gamer disclaimer: virtual worlds can be as fulfilling as real life | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Step aside Olympians – the new sporting pursuit of choice may soon be professional gaming. Electronic sports (or esports) are now mainstream, drawing more than a million viewers in large tournaments and…
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RAID brings down second grid: What is it, and how to protect yourself - Hypergrid Business

RAID brings down second grid: What is it, and how to protect yourself - Hypergrid Business | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
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OSgrid the oldest OpenSim grid, was brought down by RAID last Monday. Today,  The Next Reality Grid was brought down by RAID, as well.

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Oakes Valley

Oakes Valley | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

"Wear Your Goggles to the Gold Rush" cozy mystery participation & storybuild will launch as planned on 9.1.2014.   It is the first Midtown Museum venture of its kind.   Not to be confused with a weekend event,  this 2 month writing expedition is an amateur sleuth's "come when you can plunder" investigation.

Hypergrid address: grid.kitely.com:8002:Oakes Valley

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Pillars of Mist - Hypergrid Business

Pillars of Mist - Hypergrid Business | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

US$5 a month for a 15,000-prim region capable of holding up to 20 simultaneous avatars on the Pillars of Mist grid. Management panel allow self-serve restarts, backups, and OAR exports. No setup fee. Hypergrid connectivity enabled.


Other region sizes also available at the discounted prices:

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Grid List Updated
I usually update this list once or twice a week or leave it…

Grid List Updated<br/>I usually update this list once or twice a week or leave it… | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Grid List Updated
I usually update this list once or twice a week or leave it to a web bot which can read about 70 welcome pages where grid stats might be… - Talla Adam - Google+
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Zetamex makes new low prices permanent - Hypergrid Business

Zetamex makes new low prices permanent - Hypergrid Business | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

Las Vegas-based hosting company Zetamex— which recently tested out a $3 region offer — has decided to make the low prices permanent, and added some much-requested features...

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And Ilan Torcher (Kitely Virtual) & Timothy Rogers go head to head comparing their services in the comment's stream. It makes interesting reading and goes to show the hypergated Metaverse is expanding with some very good deals from both companies.

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New Start-up "Age of Vikings" Role Play at Kitely Virtual Grid.

New Start-up "Age of Vikings" Role Play at Kitely Virtual Grid. | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
The 9th Century Project on Kitely Virtual Grid A project created within the virtual grid of Kitely that will establish an authentic connection to the world and the great rulers/heroes...
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More start-up role play for Opensim worlds!

 

And they have jobs!

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Post Apocalyptic World where chrome is all the Fashion
Yeah, here is some crazy…

Post Apocalyptic World where chrome is all the Fashion<br/>Yeah, here is some crazy… | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Post Apocalyptic World where chrome is all the Fashion
Yeah, here is some crazy inspiration for making the kind of clothes I envisage for a post… - Talla Adam - Google+
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We have a lot of fun at G+ Opensim Virtual sharing ideas and pictures of some pretty amazing builds and virtual items to adorn out avatars. We are always looking for inspiration too and the sheers size of the community now helps to bring even more great ideas to the screen.

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Two ideas for better search for OpenSim - Hypergrid Business

Two ideas for better search for OpenSim - Hypergrid Business | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

Everybody talks about the fact that we need better search functionality in OpenSim, but there are few solutions out there.

Why today’s automated searches don’t work...

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I had to comment since a I have a search engine too and Maria Korolov mentioned it in the article. See the article on Hypergrid Business to read the full comment...

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Hypergrid Safari - The evolution of exploration across the interconnected Metaverse

Hypergrid Safari - The evolution of exploration across the interconnected Metaverse | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Between 2010 and 2012 I had a lot of fun organizing and running the Hypergrid Adventurers Club (HGAC) meetings.  Those were the very early days of Hypergrid connectivity in Opensim, and things ofte...
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MAYA : a 360 transmedia motion comic.

MAYA : a 360 transmedia motion comic. | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

 

An immersive 360° Motion Novel for the Oculus Rift and VR devices.

 

 

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I like this story and I hope Clyde DeSouza does well developing it as an Interactive comic in virtual reality. I covered it on my blog @ http://metaverse-traveller.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/walking-with-avatars-in-virtual-reality.html back last year because I felt Opensim could serve as a studio for Machinima works and MAYA would make a great Interactive video. So, yes, I would like to see an Opensim venue and avatars used in the making because OS can support Oculus Rift and, well, Opensim is the VW platform we support here not Unity3D which Clyde has chosen for his rendering engine. However, I do think the Indiegogo  funding campaign is worth supporting.

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Flying Objects For Opensim 0.8.1 Dev Running BulletSim PE | ingen-lab

Flying Objects For Opensim 0.8.1 Dev Running BulletSim PE | ingen-lab | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

I really enjoyed creating this video since it only took me a million takes before I can get one series where I didn’t hit a wall. Driving or flying around an Opensim simulator is fun because you don’t get billed for damages and repairs.

 

As I have promised to share the script when the Opensim Dev team release version 0.8.0, below is a copy of what I have done so far...

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High Fidelity founder to address OpenSimulator Conference

High Fidelity founder to address OpenSimulator Conference | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
On Thursday August 28th, Chris Collins, writing on behalf of the 2nd OpenSimulator Community Conference, announced a further keynote speaker at the event will be Philip Rosedale, co-founder of Seco...
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Surprised? Philip obviously sees the close connections between what he working to achieve with High Fidelity and what has already been achieved by years of hard work by the Opensim developers and our community.

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How to put your own face on your avatar - Hypergrid Business

How to put your own face on your avatar - Hypergrid Business | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

Last week, I wrote about how I updated my avatar look and copied my shape across grids. I updated my skin, as well, to more closely resemble my actual face without being too creepy....

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, August 30, 1:49 AM

Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

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New Look for Barmaid, Fanny
who had a very basic appearance for a while…

New Look for Barmaid, Fanny<br/>who had a very basic appearance for a while… | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
New Look for Barmaid, Fanny
Fanny had a very basic appearance for a while because she is an npc and building her AI and personality was all that mattered… - Talla Adam - Google+
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An update on my progress towards building an Interactive Fiction HUD and intelligent NPC bots that are part of the story.

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CtrlAltStudio adds preliminary DK2 Oculus support - Hypergrid Business

CtrlAltStudio adds preliminary DK2 Oculus support - Hypergrid Business | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

Wheely Island on Alchemy Sims Grid in OpenSim using the Oculus Rift viewer from CtrlAltStudio.

 

The Developer Kit 2 version of the Oculus Rift began shipping last month, and some OpenSim users already got their hands on one.

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OpenSim passes 50,000 region milestone - Hypergrid Business

OpenSim passes 50,000 region milestone - Hypergrid Business | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

OpenSim’s 40 largest grids gained over 3,000 new regions this month, many thanks to the new varregion functionality. Registered users and active users also increased this month, despite the summer season...

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Tangle Grid shares lessons from Fashion and Steam expos - Hypergrid Business

Tangle Grid shares lessons from Fashion and Steam expos - Hypergrid Business | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

Tangle Grid is rapidly becoming known as the Expo Grid for their high-profile, hypergrid-enabled events. Tangle Grid’s Fashion Expo, which ended on August 3, brought in 85 visitors — up 55 percent from June’s...

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“No grid can survive as an island and the hypergrid connects us to a new avenue of growth and building positive relationships with other grids,” Tangle Grid consultant Kevin Klerks told Hypergrid Business.

I could not agree more.

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Getting more animated at High Fidelity

Getting more animated at High Fidelity | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
One of the things people have critiqued High Fidelity about is the look of their avatars. Yes, they can use 3D cameras to capture a user's facial expression and translated them into facial movement...
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Some creepy videos here of the current HiFi avatars expressing themselves in song. Good update article though.

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jfxr

jfxr | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

Free online tool to create sound effects. Open source files available for download too. A great resource for virtual world builders.

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I have a long list of other links to useful resources on my blog @ http://metaverse-traveller.blogspot.co.uk/p/resources_29.html

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Survey: Better vehicles, search most wanted in OpenSim - Hypergrid Business

Survey: Better vehicles, search most wanted in OpenSim - Hypergrid Business | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
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Sim-on-a-Stick

Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS) is a deployment of a virtual world using OpenSim open source software on a USB flash drive.
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Updated OpenSimulator 0.8. Download.

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An Author's Guide to the Metaverse & How to visit Greyville Colony ~ Nara's Nook

An Author's Guide to the Metaverse & How to visit Greyville Colony ~ Nara's Nook | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

What is the Metaverse?
The metaverse, for our purposes, is a loosely connected set of simulated worlds created by Opensim users and connected by a hypergrid which will allow you to move between regions built by different creators. The images in my slideshow above are all from a series of simulations I built online. There are other virtual worlds outside the Opensim hypergrid, but I'm trying to keep this simple, so lets start small with something powerful enough to meet an author's needs and simple enough that they can get up to speed quickly...

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Nara also runs her own grid, the Writers Colony at Greyville were you can drop in by visiting via the Hypergrid @ world.narasnook.com:8900:greyville

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1 Night Stand: Do You Want to Date My Avatar

1 Night Stand: Do You Want to Date My Avatar | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

One of the hardest parts about being a writer is creating just the right world. The environment in which we build for our creations to inhabit and our readers to come for a visit is just as much a character as the hero and heroine. Writers strive to make the setting just perfect. When I was writing my 1Night Stand books, Betting on a God, capturing the feel, smell, and sounds of the Mount Olympus Casino was a must. To help with this task a few fellow writers and I have started a little club of sorts. The Metaverse Authors.

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Nara Malone and fellow authors at the Greyville Writer's Colony have  discussed having a hub in Second Life to share info about Opensim. The Greyville Writer's Colony finally decided to put one together. One of the newer Greyville members, Author Courtney Sheets, watches over the SL HUB and explains in this article how authors can use our SL dreamspace and Nara's Nook grid in Opensim to inspire their creativity.

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