The future of the Metaverse: If there has been a failure, it is ours
Fleep Tuque posted a fascinating essay yesterday with the provocative title, "Why Anyone Who Cares About the Metaverse Needs to Move Beyond Second Life; Now, Not Later." It was a lucid and heartfelt account of Linden Lab's transition from an ideal-driven group of Metaverse enthusists, to a market...
Project to Improve Graphics Rendering in Second Life
One of the challenges that virtual world creators face is the trade-off between rich visual detail and geometric complexity. Ideally, by adding more and smaller faces to an object, a designer can model different surface textures and create realistic variations in the interplay of light and shadow...
The Secret World: A Review
FunCom's new MMORPG The Secret World is a universe full of magic, deception, and darkness. You play as a member of one of three secret societies - the Illuminati, the Templars, or the Dragon. Regardless of which society you choose, you're probably still the bad guy, sent all over the world to gua...
Machinima Expo 2012: submissions open
Pooky Amsterdam has tapped me about this, and I’m happy to slip-in this post for her.

This year marks the 5th annual Machinima Expo, a three day virtual machinima festival which bridges Second Life and the real world. The Expo will be held over the weekend of the 17th-18th November 2012, and sub...
Krafties - Fantasy Pet MMORPG Based In Second Life
Krafties is brand new Second Life fantasy petRPG. With intergrated crafting and battles, you can craft new creations to resell or train up your Krafties creatures to dominate the battle world!
The End of the Second Life Community Convention
You may have read the official announcement that AvaCon is not organizing a Second Life Community Convention this year. This post is not an official anything, it’s just one person’s opinion and personal perspective. I knew how I felt about organizing another SLCC after last year, but I remained s...
Sydney Fashion Week in Second Life
C'est la vie, Countdown, Solidea, Boudoir, Kunglers, Vero Modero and more designers all in one week? Wow! Seems to me that Second Life's Sydney Fashion Week will surely rock!

Thanks to IMA Owner and CEO, Ananya Mai, for giving me a preview of the stage where the action is to happen. I reaaally l...
Thoughts on the serious games scene in Singapore
The third annual Serious Games Conference was held last in week in Singapore and it was a real pleasure to speak at the event. The event was well attended by a variety of speakers and industry representatives from across the globe and local Singapore developers.

Designers, developers and domain ...
The University of Western Australia in Second Life: Audience Participation Events: UWA Centenary ...
Running through the end of July are Audience Participation Events for the UWA Centenary 3D Art Challenge, with 90 artworks from around the globe and MachinimUWA V: Seek Wisdom, with a sublime collection of 51 short animated film.

Both of these events are set up such that the viewers or the audie...
Charting the growth of Second Life
With over 20,000 regions currently active on the grid, it is sometimes hard to picture just how big Second Life is, much less under how all the various component parts – continents, famous regional groups, places like the Blake Sea and Bay City – look and fit together. Harder still is to picture ...