Good news: Will Wright joins the Linden Lab board of directors and Linden Realms (LR) debuts. Bad news: Slate disses SL and a new Marketplace screwup. Here's a roundup of the latest buzz in Second Life and virtual worlds and what it means.
Articles by Avril Korman
Last Friday, Linden Lab announced a most unusual event - a weekend land sale during which the setup fees for private regions would be waived.
People make real money in Second Life by selling virtual goods. Whilst the days of being a millionaire on virtual cash are gone, money is money and Linden Lab have an annoying habit of breaking things that real people’s livelihoods rely on.
The adoption of mesh enabled viewers is causing concern that avatars might unwittingly appear naked to others. For example, someone dressed from head to toe may appear to be undressed in a non-mesh viewer. Smartly constructed mesh clothing can help.
A faction on Second Life that stands for protecting residents from unsavory characters, called griefers, have got themselves into hot water over publishing real life identity data.
Until Linden Lab starts actually managing their own (virtual) land and dealing with security issues in an effective manner, the problem of self-appointed, unvetted, volunteer "policing" NSA wannabe organizations will continue in Second Life.
The Lab's new name game has hardly been a ringing success. People really don't like it when you mess with their choices in identity. But since the Lab seems to be listening a bit more of late, it can’t hurt to share some potential solutions.
The speed at which changes and new concepts are being pushed out from Linden Lab has increased - shifting towards something more in tune with its current user base. It's by no means perfect, but it's a significant change of priorities.
The Google+ identity dust-up only started with virtual worlds because that group were the first to predict the oncoming freight train. Linden Lab responded by developing Social Profiles as a way to take matters into their own virtual hands.
There has clearly been an evolution that was sorely needed down at the Lab, and it's absolutely coming from the top. Rod Humble seems to genuinely be interested in what people do in Second Life – actually in virtual worlds in general.
The Google+ rules say to sign up using "the name your friends, family, or co-workers usually call you." Seems Google was shortsighted about what that might actually mean to people who don’t live their online lives using their “wallet name.”
A lot of new and interesting things happen in relation to Second Life. Meeroos, a timeline for Mesh, The Great Facebook Avatar Deletion. But this week I'm going to discuss Linden Lab claims that the in-world search engine by completely rebuilding it.
The Guardian, reported that a labor camp in China is forcing prisoners to play World of Warcraft in order to "farm gold". SEW decided to take a look at how "video game money" attracts real crime, and how that translates into real cash.
Are we expecting too much of Linden Lab?
Linden Lab begins beta testing of a new inventory and delivery system for Marketplace.
Linden Lab has released a new viewer feature, allowing for greater realism in avatars by adding bounce and jiggle to body parts. Aside from the obvious, what does this mean?