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Opensim Virtual Community, Google+ for News and Support

Opensim Virtual Community, Google+ for News and Support | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Visit Opensim Virtual G+ Community @ https://plus.google.com/communities/116284417302234467612
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Sansar to Close Sandex, Move Platform to Steam in Search of VR Users

Sansar to Close Sandex, Move Platform to Steam in Search of VR Users | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Well this is quite a virtual shoe to drop -- the end of Sansar's virtual currency to US$ exchange (called the Sandex), and a transition to publishing the social VR platform on Steam: The cornerstone of our growth effor
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Sociologist Meets a Second Life Fairy in the Virtual Woods -- And the Disabled Woman Behind the Keyboard

Sociologist Meets a Second Life Fairy in the Virtual Woods -- And the Disabled Woman Behind the Keyboard | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Powerful comment by Alejandro Salazar, a sociologist reflecting on Tom Boellstorff's US government-funded study Of how virtual worlds affect disabled users. While exploring a forest in Second Life, and came across a fairy, who owned the woods. Then h
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A tour of Lime Street and its first railway station

A tour of Lime Street and its first railway station | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

Opensim: UK, Lime Street station before the first upgradeThe iconic Lime Street railway station underwent a major upgrade in 2018 and was closed for long periods as

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Community leaders evaluating Google Plus alternatives –

Community leaders evaluating Google Plus alternatives – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Since Google announced that they were shutting down their Google Plus social platform by end of next summer, organizers of OpenSim-related communities on that platform have begun searching for an alternative...
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Black Dragon Second Life Viewer Adds Full Animesh Support With Custom Animation Control - Great Tool for Machinima, Group Shots

Black Dragon Second Life Viewer Adds Full Animesh Support With Custom Animation Control - Great Tool for Machinima, Group Shots | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Black Dragon, the third party Second Life viewer with a cult following among hardcore graphics fans, has a new update that will likely make it a favorite among machinima makers and screenshot photogrpahers who want to create group shots
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Metaverse Traveller: The Metaverse Coming to a Web Page Near you!

Metaverse Traveller: The Metaverse Coming to a Web Page Near you! | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

Just recently there was mention of a browser based virtual space on the Google plus Opensim Virtual community which piqued my interest because such things have been promised again and again over the past ten years but nothing ever really came of it. However, a topic was posted by Nara Malone of the Opensim Greyville Writer's Colony at Nara's Nook grid where she said a member of her community, Neo Cortex has been developing a Unity based client with the goal of merging Opensim and Unity to make a hybrid system designed with a focus on storytelling. I found it really interesting but there was a comment by Magnuz Binder who let us know he too was working on a virtual web world using ThreeJS and NodeJS as his preferred coding languages. This prompted me to take a closer look and, believe it or not, from what I learnt I had my own web based world online and working in just three days from scratch. I was pretty excited!

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Can VR Make Us More Human? A Chat with Peter Rubin and Philip Rosedale –

Can VR Make Us More Human? A Chat with Peter Rubin and Philip Rosedale – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
This evening, I attended a talk in High Fidelity between Philip Rosedale (the CEO of High Fidelity and the founder of Second Life) and Peter Rubin, a Senior Editor at WIRED who has recently written a book about VR titled Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life. …
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The Digital Pasture: Optimization Tutorial: Creating Your Own LOD Models!

The Digital Pasture: Optimization Tutorial: Creating Your Own LOD Models! | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Creating Your Own SL LOD Models _____________________________ Before we begin, this is not a "how to learn Blender" tutorial. Yo
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Is Dual Universe Closest to Being a True "Metaverse"? Virtual World Expert Who Helped Define the Term Says So -- And Not Sansar, High Fidelity, Etc.

Is Dual Universe Closest to Being a True "Metaverse"? Virtual World Expert Who Helped Define the Term Says So -- And Not Sansar, High Fidelity, Etc. | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
After saying I was impressed by High Fidelity’s ability to get 350+ avatars in the same local metaverse space, a guy who actually helped define the metaverse told me that he wasn’t very impressed. Will Burns, Vice-Chair for IEEE'
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Breedable horses arrive on the Tag Grid –

Breedable horses arrive on the Tag Grid – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Breadables creator oYo, formerly based on the now-defunct InWorldz grid, has found a new home — the Tag Grid...
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Metaverse Traveller: Crossing Virtual Worlds: The Elf Clan from InWorldz to OSgrid

Metaverse Traveller: Crossing Virtual Worlds: The Elf Clan from InWorldz to OSgrid | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

When InWorldz grid collapsed it left a lot of residents homeless. In fact, they had just four days notice the grid would close so very little time to pack up and take what they could. Fortunately, they found plenty of welcoming Opensim grids only too pleased to take them in. Few returned to Second Life so it was of great interest to me to find out how some of them were settling in...

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Results of the First-Ever RyanSchultz.com Reader Poll: On Which Social VR Platforms/Virtual Worlds Do You Have a User Account? –

Results of the First-Ever RyanSchultz.com Reader Poll: On Which Social VR Platforms/Virtual Worlds Do You Have a User Account? – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Here are the results of the first-ever reader poll on the RyanSchultz.com blog. (I decided to publish the results a day early.) We asked you which social VR spaces and virtual worlds you had a user account on. Thank you to everybody who responded to the survey!Please note that this was not in any way a…
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Guest Editorial by Galen: Taking a Break from Sansar –

Guest Editorial by Galen: Taking a Break from Sansar – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
It’s been a fun ride so far, but I’m ready for a break. I’m not the first and probably won’t be the last to do so. Early stages of growing ventures almost always experience changeovers in membership, owing largely to changes in the ventures themselves. In my case, I think I’m going to have to…
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Metaverse Traveller: Opensim G+ Refugees Seek Social Media that Respects its Users!

Metaverse Traveller: Opensim G+ Refugees Seek Social Media that Respects its Users! | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

Follow-up to my last article to explain how we have got on in our search for an alternative social media site that is similar to Google plus and might offer a new home or Hub for our community where people can easily find other Opensim users across the Hypergrid...

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A round trip with Rocket

A round trip with Rocket | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

Graham Mills writes, "I am massively impressed with the ease with which content with suitable permissions can now be generated in OpenSim and exported for use on the web. Kudos to Robert Adams (aka Mr Blue) that converts OpenSim Archive files into glTF format. and who has his own viewer, Basil, together with a range of pre-converted content..."

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What I learned about virtual worlds by helping found OpenSim –

What I learned about virtual worlds by helping found OpenSim – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
When we started OpenSim many years ago (back with MW, lbsa71 and many others who have since drifted on), we had grand ambitions. Yes, it started as a fun tinkering project that we spun out of our original activities — understanding Second Life from the code we collected in libsecondlife. But we quickly saw the potential to build a new virtual world that could scale to a larger audience than Second Life ever achieved. (Even during Second Life’s peak of 2006 to 2008, it was common knowledge that it was failing to retain new users.)
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Metaverse Traveller: Google Plus to Close! Where to now for Opensim Virtual?

Metaverse Traveller: Google Plus to Close! Where to now for Opensim Virtual? | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

It is a sad day to learn that Google plus social media platform will be shutting over the next ten months. Read what I have to say about it and what to do...

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This Thursday in High Fidelity: Watch Professional Actors Re-Enact Scene from Julia Roberts' Stepmom in Virtual Reality

This Thursday in High Fidelity: Watch Professional Actors Re-Enact Scene from Julia Roberts' Stepmom in Virtual Reality | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Well this is a novel use of VR if you can attend this Thursday at 10am PST: Join a group of professional actors in VR as you walk through a virtual movie set and perform a scene inspired b
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VIBEHub Has Launched Their Portal –

VIBEHub Has Launched Their Portal – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Back in March I wrote about a new, blockchain-based virtual world called VIBEHub. There has been much grumbling on the VIBEHub Telegram about the recent lack of news in terms of product development. Well, I discovered today that they have completely redesigned their website and launched their portal: You can visit what they call "hubs"…
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Watch Amazon’s VR kiosks transform the future of shopping

Watch Amazon’s VR kiosks transform the future of shopping | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, Amazon announced that it has opened virtual reality kiosks in 10 shopping malls to promote its upcoming Prime Day shopping event. Now you can see the Amazon VR experience for yourself. Prepare to be impressed: It’s significantly more elaborate than expected, and shows how a top retailer is transforming the future of shopping. Rather …
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Infiniti Grid - Mainland at its Infiniti Finest

Infiniti Grid - Mainland at its Infiniti Finest | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Ah the glories of mainland in a virtual world. Mac wrote about it here and offered a small bit of insight as to what our plans are for mainland o
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High Fidelity Sets a New Avatar Capacity Record: 356 Avatars in a Single Domain! –

High Fidelity Sets a New Avatar Capacity Record: 356 Avatars in a Single Domain! – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
I have to say this: I am really quite impressed with the level of innovation recently coming out of Philip Rosedale's metaverse company High Fidelity. (It might be the result of all that new venture capital money they are spending!) Yesterday they had their third in a series of monthly stress tests of the virtual world…
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VR's next goal: Quickly winning over new users

VR's next goal: Quickly winning over new users | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Analysis Headset makers are actively trying to make VR easier for new users to experience — quickly.
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Metaverse Traveller: The Changing Face of the Opensim Metaverse After InWorldz Closed

Metaverse Traveller: The Changing Face of the Opensim Metaverse After InWorldz Closed | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it

What I like about the Opensim Metaverse is that it's constantly changing while Second Life, being a walled garden with an increasingly restrictive and self-serving TOS, has begun to stagnate as it slowly declines. I would liken Second Life to a declining protectionist superstate while Opensim has become a growing collection of medium and smaller worlds with upwardly mobile populations that travel the Metaverse via Hypergrid, thus forming a greater market for virtual goods, services and entertainment....

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