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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, 2014 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 1000 members at last count (Dec 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.

 

Opensim Virtual is also at Avatar Social Network @ https://www.avatarsocialnetwork.com/group/250

And Talla Adam's profile entry at ASN is https://www.avatarsocialnetwork.com/profile/TallaAdam

And more @  https://www.avatarsocialnetwork.com/forums/topic/839/hello-everyone-asn

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Second Life's creator is building a 'WordPress for social VR'

Second Life's creator is building a 'WordPress for social VR' | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
None of this is real. The rocks, the stars, the enormous transmitter standing upright like a needle. It's all a mixture of pixels presented by the Oculus
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"We want to make it so everybody can participate in this medium," Gray says. "You can create your own virtual experience, share it with other people, invite them in, communicate with them naturally and then monetize it, should you wish." A grand vision, but a familiar one. Linden Lab pioneered this model with Second Life, pushing its users to build new content for the rest of the community. Sansar is just the next step -- a Second Second Life, or Third Life if you will. The difference this time, of course, is the entry fee. Almost anyone with an internet connection can access Second Life, while Sansar requires a high-end headset to be fully appreciated. It could make the platform a quiet, desolate place at first...
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Oculus founder headed to court over allegations of stolen tech and bogus origin story

Oculus founder headed to court over allegations of stolen tech and bogus origin story | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
After purchasing Oculus just over two years ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is just beginning to reap the benefit. Oculus finds itself in the fortunate position of being an industry leader in a market that’s just beginning its ascent. It’s also about to appear in court over allegations of stolen technology and a false origin …
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Canadian Sun to hold St. Patrick’s Day parade –

Canadian Sun to hold St. Patrick’s Day parade – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it


"The Canadian Sun, an in-world magazine on the Great Canadian Grid, is sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Day parade on Friday, March 17. Participants are starting to build floats now, but there is still room for interested groups to sign up. Organizers are also looking for performers, and there will be a contest for the best float at the end of the parade, with prizes provided by community merchants..."
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Baller Nation, Kea Nation grids switch to DigiWorldz –

Baller Nation, Kea Nation grids switch to DigiWorldz – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it


The Baller Nation and Kea Nation grids have both moved to DigiWorldz. The two were previously the marquee customers of Genesis MetaVerse, which, like DigiWorldz, both runs its own grid and also offers hosting services for other grids...
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Storyboard VR Makes Building Virtual Worlds Stupid Simple

Storyboard VR Makes Building Virtual Worlds Stupid Simple | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Storyboard VR is like a sketchbook for building VR worlds.
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We've been doing that for years with Open Simulator and Second Life. Both are very good for prototyping!
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Shutting down Hyperica –

Shutting down Hyperica – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it


For the past few years, the Hyperica grid and website has been a directory of hypergrid destinations for OpenSim users...
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The grid is closing but not the list which will be maintained at Hypergrid Business.
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How New Virtual World "space" Enables High Detail in its Mesh-Based Avatar Enhancements

How New Virtual World "space" Enables High Detail in its Mesh-Based Avatar Enhancements | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

Space, the just-launched virtual world developed by Second Life/OpenSim pioneers, has some pretty impressive avatar enhancements of its own that lead developer Adam Zaius/Frisby recently shared with me: "I've been working with a game artist on a demo outfit...

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How do I save one section of a Varregion?

How do I save one section of a Varregion? | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Another in our series, "Using OpenSim" (i just made that up) Question: How do I save one section of a Varregion? Short answer: You can't. Longer Answer: You can't but here's how to do it anyway... I've been working on a project in a 768 var. Usually I work on each section in a standard…
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VR will allow us to live in another world of our own design

The possibilities in VR are rapidly expanding at a rate similar to how YouTube created an explosion in online video content
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AviWorlds now accepting reservations for free regions AGAIN!

AviWorlds now accepting reservations for free regions AGAIN! | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
AviWorlds is coming back, grid owner Alexsandro Pomposelli told Hypergrid Business today. The Avi-Labs OpenSim hosting will also return, he said.
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Alexsandros Pomposelli really should give it a rest and spare the Opensim community more embarrassment than it needs. Opensim has some of the finest Grid services and providers on the Internet but fools will always give us a bad name. And we know we are better than that.
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People are coming into OsGrid from Kaneva, a virtual world that shut down If…

People are coming into OsGrid from Kaneva, a virtual world that shut down If… | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
People are coming into OsGrid from Kaneva, a virtual world that shut down If you can greet and help people, it would be appreciated. Lots of nooblets need… - Fred Beckhusen (aka Ferd Frederix) – Google+
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7 firms with face tracking tech for better VR avatars –

7 firms with face tracking tech for better VR avatars – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Today, most virtual reality avatars are very basic, cartoony figures, with a limited range of motions and expressions. Vendors are working to change this, and make avatars more realistic, with facial expressions that reflect those of that actual users. The technology that makes it possible involves facial, body and eye tracking. The goal is to improve social experiences in virtual reality, and make the platforms more immersive and compelling...
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Genesis Metaverse switches to DigiWorldz hosting –

Genesis Metaverse switches to DigiWorldz hosting – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it


Genesis Metaverse, a company which previously ran its own grid and also provided hosting to other grids, has left the hosting business and is now using DigiWorldz to handle its hosting and OpenSim management...
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Dlodlo's VR1 headset is the size of a pair of glasses but can rival Oculus

Dlodlo's VR1 headset is the size of a pair of glasses but can rival Oculus | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
A VR headset that can be worn like a pair of regular glasses is pretty much the holy grail of the technology (until we get VR contact lenses, anyway). But while I expected decent VR glasses to be at least a couple of years away, I was surprised to find a pair in a small …
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OpenSim Embassy celebrates grand opening Wednesday –

OpenSim Embassy celebrates grand opening Wednesday – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
"The OpenSim Embassy has a grand opening tomorrow, January 11, on the Second Life grid. Performers at tomorrow’s event, which starts at 11 a.m. Pacific, include the ChangHigh Sisters Fireshow of Light, Life and Love, SingerGirl XOXOXO, Amazon Ballet, DJ Pilou, and TatianaCoin. It will be held in the OpenSim Embassy on Second Life’s Larsen region..."


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Mesh bodies available in OpenSim –

Mesh bodies available in OpenSim – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it


Maria Korolov writes in Hypergrid Business "OpenSim users can buy legal mesh bodies for their avatars — and the news has helped keep noted designer Linda Kellie from leaving..."
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Genesis Metaverse adds servers, backups after attack –

Genesis Metaverse adds servers, backups after attack – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it


Maria Korolov reports in Hypergrid Business that "Genesis Metaverse has been attacked and some systems have been damaged, but the grid has been able to recover much of its data. To help protect against future attacks, the grid has also switched server companies, upgraded its hardware, added more backups and is taking other precautionary measure as well...
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Google’s Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR (and Maybe Teach AIs to Live In It)

Google’s Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR (and Maybe Teach AIs to Live In It) | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Let a thousand virtual worlds rain down from the clouds. Or <em>the</em> cloud as Google backs a tiny British startup with its massive computing infrastructure.
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Kitely Market reports strong 2016 –

Kitely Market reports strong 2016 – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it


Kitely Market sales have increased significantly over the past year, Kitely CEO Ilan Tochner told Hypergrid Business...
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Dreamland Metaverse tops hosting survey –

Dreamland Metaverse tops hosting survey – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Maria Korolov, writing in Hypergrid Business reports, "OpenSim hosting company Dreamland Metaverse received the highest scores for performance, support, stability and its user interface in this year’s hosting providers survey, followed by DigiWorldz and Zetamex Network..."
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Hypergrid Hunt activity peaked last spring, next hunt is in January –

Hypergrid Hunt activity peaked last spring, next hunt is in January – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Tangle Grid has released the participation numbers for the Hypergrid Hunts conducted this year, and participation peaked in the spring. More than 150 different users have participated in the hunts since they were launched a year ago...
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I used DreamWorld to create a free mini grid on my PC –

I used DreamWorld to create a free mini grid on my PC – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
David Kariuki, writing for Hypergrid Business says, "I recently tested the latest version of DreamWorld, a new OpenSim installer that lets you run your own mini-grid on a home computer. If everything goes right, installing the software, setting up a new mini grid, and loading up a pre-built region takes less than ten minutes..."
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Future of Fiction Magazine

Future of Fiction Magazine | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
From authors Shannan Albright, Nara Malone, and Siobhan Muir -- our monthly publication exploring the future of storytelling. You wil
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Creating Terrain Surrounds for OpenSimulator in Blender

Creating Terrain Surrounds for OpenSimulator in Blender | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Supporting a suspense of disbelief through the use of external landscapes in virtual reconstructions; a development walkthrough in the use of Blender for creating off-sim mesh terrain surrounds for OpenSimulator environments.
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Kitely, InWorldz OpenSim’s most valuable grids –

Kitely, InWorldz OpenSim’s most valuable grids – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Almost every month, at least one person complains about why InWorldz is listed in our stats, or included in our surveys. Some people complain that InWorldz is not on the hypergrid, meaning that people can’t teleport in and out to other grids. Others that it is running its own branch of the OpenSim software...
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