It is that scary time of month again. Happy Halloween Second Life! There are many festive and fun places to visit in Second Life for Halloween including Pumpkin Town which includes concerts, freebies, a pumpking hunt, and more. Also check out the below Haunted Houses:
Second Life Avatars will load two times faster with the Project Sunshine server component going live this week. If you have not already done so make sure to download the Project Sunshine view update.
Project Sunshine causes the avatar to rez using a separate server. This improves the texture composite load rate and reduces the risk of loading errors while greatly improving avatar load times. The burden is no longer on the client hardware.
Many third party viewers already contain this update.
Check out the below 2 minute long video on Project Sunshine
Linden Lab recently announced that they are formalizing a price decrease of 50% for educational or non-profit organizations. This includes the private region setup and maintenance costs. The discount applies to full regions, open spaces, and homesteads. This change really just makes the benefit more easily accessible by more of these groups. With a minimum of 6 months you can also qualify for invoicing.
To be eligible you must send proof of educational accreditation or non-profit status along with a government-issued photo ID to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Second Life Economy appears to be in a double-dip recession mirroring the United States Economy. Linden lab released their economic statistics recently showing a continued decline in several key areas. Perhaps even more telling were the metrics that are no longer tracked and were not released.
But lets just review what was.
Average Monthly Economic Participants Continues to Decline
First of all the average monthly economic participants (number of people buying things) dropped by 2,000 from Q1 to Q2 of 20ll. This is down 27,000 from a year ago.
Value of L$ Continues to Drop
The value of the L$ continued to drop and is now down to an average exchange rate of L$252.3 from L$263.7 a year ago.
What we do not see is overall information on unique, monthly logins, overall economy value, etc. The insistence that web sales are up does not however account for the fact that in-world sales are down to the point of destroying shops in-world. We are also not seeing the numbers of deleted or inactive accounts.
Meanwhile there is more discontent with the virtual world, higher tier costs, and continued land ownership problems. What are your thoughts?
It has been about a month since the 36 new default avatars appeared in Second Life. These new avatars are non-human and are a departure from the standard boring defaults. You will find them under Library>Clothing>Initial Outfits in just about any viewer. They feature several furry avatars from Damien Fate, several robot avatars from Renn Yifu, and several vehicles from Xenius Revere.
The vehicles are perhaps the most non-human include a plane, motorcycle, and monster truck. These will be available eventually during registration. So, what do you think about the thirty six new default Second Life Avatars?
Can you believe it has been 8 years of Second Life? The SL8B party is scheduled for Monday, June 20, 2011 through Sunday June 26, 2011 in Second Life starting at 10:00 am second life time. The events will include music, artwork, merchants, and more. The theme of this year’s birthday bash is the “Magic of Second Life”. Many people are taking a wizard and sorceress theme and running with it. Over 20 sims will be used for the exhibits and entertainment.
The actual 8 year birthday of Second Life is June 23, 2011. The deadline for exhibitor and performer applications is May 20, 2010.
Check out the below video entitled The Dreams We Live. The video is about 1 minute long.
The VWBPE focuses on education and learning in virtual environments. The theme of this year is “You are Here”. Registration is free. The event will cover over 20 sims in the virtual world of Second Life and include workshops, presentations, and more.
Check out the below video promo for the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference. The video is about 1 minute long.
VWBPE 2011 Conference Video:
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