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Second Life Economy In Double-Dip Recession

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?

BURN2 2011 Spring Event March 18th-20th

The BURN2 Spring Event will run from Friday, March 18, 2011 until Sunday, March 20, 2011.

BURN2 was created after Linden Lab abandoned the annual Burning Life festival.

Here is a list of some of the more notable events for the first day

BURN2 2011 Sprint Friday Events Schedule:



11:00 am Introduction
5:00 pm DMV Flower Power Races
7:00 pm Myst Dancers
8:00 pm Lamplighters
9:00 pm Trebuchet Fling

See the full list of events.

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2011 Conference March 17-19th & HD Video

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2011

The fourth annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference will be held from Thursday, March 17, 2011 until Saturday, March 19, 2011.

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:

Calendar of Events for Burn2 in Second Life Starting October 16th

Burn2 Second Life

We have written before about the Burn 2 festival which is the new name of the recently Linden Lab abandoned Burning Life.

The event is scheduled to run from October 16, 2010 until October 24, 2010. This is the 8th year of the virtual festival although under new ownership and name.

Below is the Calendar of Events:

Linden Lab Shuts Down Avatars United 8 Months After Purchase

Avatars United Shut Down

8 short months after Linden Lab bought Avatars United it has announced that the gamers social media service will be shut down forever.

This is a stunning blow to the gaming social media world and a further hint at mismanagement and money problems for the Second Life creators Linden Lab.

It seems like a Yahoo style waste of money if you ask me.

Avatars United will be shut down almost immediately on September 29th, 2010. Second Life will soon develop their own resident profiles but players of other massively multiplayer online role playing games are basically screwed.

Read more here.

New Second Life Documentary to Show at Anaheim Film Festival

Second Life Documentary

Alain Della Negra and Kaori Kinoshita have created a new Second Life Documentary. This French Documentary is called The Cat, the Reverend and the Slave.

The interviews are in English and translated in French. The documentary covers three people as they look for more out of life in the virtual world. One is a minister who runs a virtual church, one is involved in S/M and the other is a Furry.

The video includes footage from back in 2007 but with much newer footage. The DVD will be out sometime next year and the movie will be shown in theaters in France and also at the Anaheim Film Festival in California.

Below are two trailers for the documentary. They are about 2 minutes long each. Check them out below.

The Cat, the Reverend and the Slave:

Second Life Documentary Trailer 2: