Mar 312011

I’ve mentioned previously that Linden Lab don’t do a decent job of showcasing machinima, indeed I’ve mentioned recently that their own forums and website aren’t that clever with regards to promoting user generate content full stop. So imagine my surprise when I read that May will be the Inaugural month of Machinima. Although if I’m nitpicking, I could point out that the blog post should be being promoted within the Machinima forum on the official forums, which isn’t a forum that is designed to promote machinima…..seriously, LL, let people promote their wares on your forums!

Anyway, you have to be quick if you want to enter, entries need to be received by April 10th, no sex or violence and it can’t last longer than three minutes, so it was important to point out there’s no sex allowed as three minutes is a bit of a marathon session. However, if sex or violence are ever the theme, it will be allowed, I await to see if Linden Lab are mature enough to officially allow such submissions.

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Mar 302011

Kitely, an Opensim based virtual world provider, has been talked about by Maria Korolov over at Hypergrid Business and Hamlet Au over at New World Notes. The system, running from Amazon’s cloud services has some interesting concepts and some great potential, it’s also far from ready for prime time and very new.

Interesting points to note are that sims can go to sleep when not in use, rather quickly I’m told, this is an important concept because the billing policy of Kitely is per visitor minute, rather than a flat fee. That’s an interesting way of doing things. Logins are managed via Facebook connect, this for me is an absolute dealbreaker and no amount of saying lots of people use Facebook connect will change my mind, when that’s the only login choice in town, I simply choose not to engage. I’ve currently got Facebook blocked on my firewall, if I have a need to use it I’ll unblock it.

However plenty of folk are happy as Larry to use Facebook connect and therefore, Kitely is worthy of discussion, plus it’s a virtual world and I’m interested in them, and it’s my blog, so neener neener.

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Mar 252011

This post is for all the Dicks in the world. Linden Lab have deemed you too hot to be quoted on the official forum, personally I find writing Dick easier than writing **bleep**. However it’s the attempt to wipe Dick off the face of the PG planet that is most disturbing about Linden Lab’s forum word filter.

Dick is a name, there are 338 results under people search for Dick, you can’t currently properly reference any of these 338 residents on the official Linden Lab forum. Trying to silence Dick in this way is quite frankly absurd, but it gets worse, what if anyone wants to talk of the famous Dicks through the ages, fictional and non fictional, you simply can’t.

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Mar 232011

I’ve long felt that Linden Lab don’t do enough with premium memberships to sell them. Indeed I feel they should follow a lead from Mobile Phone companies and offer different deals. There are many people for whom the prospect of a weekly stipend and 512M of tier isn’t appealing, others would like a larger amount of tier.

There are those who would prefer a larger stipend and would forsake the 512M of tier as they don’t use it and have no intention of using it. Giving people choice is generally good. creating a premium package that appeals to different demographics is good, how about no free tier but advertising upto a certain Linden dollar value inworld or on the marketplace? How about a discount on marketplace advertising for premium members? How about different price points for premium membership where for more US dollars you get tier, the stipend and the marketplace or inworld advertising upto a certain value?

Then we get to partnerships, LL so far haven’t been that good on partnerships but their deal with GlamAdapt regarding Second Life Avertising Beta shows that they can do partnerships, unfortunately it also shows a flaw in Linden Lab’s own advertising.

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Mar 222011

Jeff Petersen, Also now known as Bagman Linden, has been appointed VP of Engineering at Linden Lab and looking at his past history, this is very much a Rod Humble appointment. According to Wikipedia, Jeff Petersen was a developer on a game called Infantry, the lead developer on that game was; Rod Humble. Therefore it’s safe to suggest that Mr Humble has great faith in the abilities of Mr Petersen.

Bagman has an interesting gaming background Everquest, Everquest II, Star Wars Galaxies, Planetside, Untold Legends PS3, Field Commander PSP, FreeRealms, and CloneWars Adventures.

Purveyors of Adult activities in Second Life may have got excited when Bagman mentioned Subspace, but he was talking about a game, which I don’t recall, I don’t recall Bagman either!

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Mar 192011

I went to a Linden user group meeting last night where Thor, Brooke and Sea spoke about advertising on Second Life websites and inworld. One area of concern for me has been why classifieds have been cut from 512 (or in some cases 1,024) characters, to a measly 256, as explained on the Jira in STORM-577. Sea Linden actually provided an answer that made sense.

The reason is keyword stemming, which GSA introduced and it basically meant that some adverts were holding the top spots in lots of different categories because of stemming, therefore limiting the amount of characters means less stemming and more chance of lower priced classifieds scoring well in certain areas, Sea also explained that she has engaged in a lot of un-stemming. Stemming basically means people can get more words for their buck, which in turn hampers others.

The answer of course still leaves some frustrations and means that writing human readable adverts is troublesome, but it is an explanation that leads us to a base to try and find ways to improve the classified system.

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Mar 182011

Hamlet Au over at New World Notes recently posted a very provocative post , suggesting that Second Life users fear of change could lead to the downfall of Second Life. The problem I have with Hamlet’s post is that it’s simply not true that Second Life users have this great fear of change, but like any userbase, they question the motives and fear the changes will not improve the Second Life experience.

If you go to the Jira, and type the following query in the new query window:

issuetype = “New Feature”

You’ll find 6,591 results, that’s 6,591 suggestions from Second Life Users that will involve in many cases, change. The problems really aren’t a fear of change, they are a fear that changes will lessen, rather than improve, one’s enjoyment of Second Life.

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Mar 162011

There’s a great episode of Family guy called PTV, basically Peter sets up his own television station after the FCC censor all sorts of things after someone has a wardrobe malfunction at the Emmy awards, Peter is aghast at the censorship, which includes Dick Van Dyke having Dick and Dyke blanked out. So where Family Guy treads, it seems Linden Lab follow, because I was discussing that very episode of Family Guy on the official forums and found that my post had been edited.

Yes, if you type Dick Van Dyke on the official forums the result is: **bleep** Van **bleep**  …. I’m not making this up!

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Mar 142011

Official Press Release regarding this year’s Fantasy Faire 2011, complete with some info on sponsors.

Fantasy Faire 2011 Logo

Fantasy Faire 2011

* * Fantasy Faire 2011, April 2 – 10th * *

Proudly brought to you by
Friends Fighting Cancer
Strong!  Together!

With The Spirit of Hope!

From Saturday April 2nd to Sunday April 10th 2011, thousands of Second Life residents and creators are coming together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.  Friends Fighting Cancer (FFC) have transformed nine sims of Second Life into a fantasy wonderland:  the Fantasy Faire 2011 to benefit Relay for Life of Second Life (RFL of SL).
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