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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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High Fidelity Begins a Pilot Test of Trade Between Its High Fidelity Coin (HFC) and Ethereum (ETH): Will This Step Jumpstart Its Economy? –

High Fidelity Begins a Pilot Test of Trade Between Its High Fidelity Coin (HFC) and Ethereum (ETH): Will This Step Jumpstart Its Economy? – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
High Fidelity is the first of what I call the "Big Five" social VR platforms (i.e., HiFi, plus Sansar, Sinespace, VRChat, and AltspaceVR)  to set up a blockchain-based in-world currency, called High Fidelity Coins (HFC). On January 8th, 2019, High Fidelity announced that it would begin testing the trade of High Fidelity Coin and Ethereum (ETH; a popular…
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The future of virtual reality beyond videos and games –

The future of virtual reality beyond videos and games – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Ayden Ye, writing in Hypergrid Business, says, "Speaking of virtual reality, the first thing people think of might be watching 360 videos. However, most people might consider such immersive experiences as passive ones while ignoring the active interactions. Like the traditional 2D videos, 360/VR videos add the fascinating stereo sounds and visual effects to reinforce the immersive experience, but more could be achieved beyond this point, such as designing more interactive components and more dynamic storylines..."
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Google will shut down Google+ four months early after second data leak

Google will shut down Google+ four months early after second data leak | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Google+ has suffered another data leak, and Google has decided to shut down the consumer version of the social network four months earlier than it originally planned. Google+ will now close to consumers in April, rather than August. Additionally, API access to the network will shut down within the next 90 days.
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Winter Expo starts Dec. 1 on Tangle Grid –

Winter Expo starts Dec. 1 on Tangle Grid – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Tangle Grid’s Winter Expo opens its doors this Saturday, inviting hypergrid travelers from any OpenSim grid to come and check out the exhibits and shopping opportunities. The hypergrid address is tanglegrid.net:8002:expo isle. For folks new to hypergrid travel, type Ctrl-M to pull up the map, cut-and-paste the address into the map’s address field — where you would normally type a region name — and click “teleport.”escription...
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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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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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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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You can now buy and sell High Fidelity currency –

You can now buy and sell High Fidelity currency – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
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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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Introducing Organizations (Virtual Grids) – Kitely Blog

Introducing Organizations (Virtual Grids) – Kitely Blog | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
"We’re excited to introduce the biggest addition to Kitely since Kitely Market: Organizations. Organizations are a way to create a virtual grid inside Kitely. Use our new offering to take advantage of Kitely’s robustness and advanced management tools and avoid having to deal with the technical complexity of running a standalone grid..."
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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 VR Gamer/YouTuber Delivers a Gut-Punch Reality Check to Virtual Reality Gaming: It’s Not Just Social VR That’s Struggling to Take Off, It’s the Entire VR Industry –

A VR Gamer/YouTuber Delivers a Gut-Punch Reality Check to Virtual Reality Gaming: It’s Not Just Social VR That’s Struggling to Take Off, It’s the Entire VR Industry – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Did you know that you can help support my blog (as well as the upcoming Metaverse Newscast show), and get great rewards in return? Here’s how. Someone posted the following YouTube video to the official Sansar Discord channel today. It's a mixed-reality video recorded on a green-screen set constructed by Drift0r, a VR enthusiast and avid gamer, within…
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New opensource VR viewer for OpenSim may be coming soon –

New opensource VR viewer for OpenSim may be coming soon – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
The 2018 OpenSim Community Conference. started off with a bang this morning with an announcement of a new virtual reality viewer for OpenSim...
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Islandz Virtual World (the Successor to InWorldz) Has Launched: Will People Come Back? –

Islandz Virtual World (the Successor to InWorldz) Has Launched: Will People Come Back? – | Virtual Worlds, Virtual Reality & Role Play | Scoop.it
Have you joined the RyanSchultz.com Discord yet? More details here.  If you missed all the excitement, here's a link to all my blogposts about InWorldz and their sudden shut-down, so you can get caught up. Last week, the owner of the former InWorldz grid, Beth Reischl, flipped the switch on its successor: Islandz Virtual World. Like…
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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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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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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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