In her latest region report Tyche “Statto” Shepherd informs us that forty eight regions have gone offline this week, which does suggest that last week’s decline of just nine regions was an outlier. However the figure of forty eight regions is bloated due to twenty five of these regions being Linden owned, which means we’ve lost twenty three private regions.
Matters are further complicated by two Linden regions coming online somewhere … I think, because twenty seven Linden regions have vanished from the grid in the shape and form of eleven Corndog RC regions and sixteen Oatmeal regions, so that’s twenty seven, so two Linden regions have appeared or came back on to the grid, it would seem.
The eleven Corndog RC regions were directly owned by Oskar and the sixteen Oatmeal regions were originally brought online for region maturity rating testing by Oskar, Tyche informs us. When I say the eleven Corndog RC regions were directly owned by Oskar this means he was named as the owner, I don’t mean he was paying for them himself.
These regions going offline are a bit hmm, but I don’t know exactly what Oskar was doing with them. Linden owned test regions can obviously come and go as the developers see fit, they aren’t attractions or anything like that but on the other hand, the grid does need test regions for, well, testing!
In other news, Adult rated regions continue to grow, up nine this week, whilst General rated regions continue to fall, down eight this week. 13% of the grid is now occupied by adult rated regions, whilst 14.7% of the grid are General rated regions. Therefore we can happily conclude that the vast majority of regions are rated moderate. Usual caveats apply here, just because a region is adult rated, it doesn’t mean it’s full or porn and just because a region is General rated, it doesn’t mean it’s full of ponies and fairytale Princesses.
The decline in regions shows no sign of going away, but there is still activity in sim sales, I received a group notice this week from someone wanting to buy regions, so people are still enaging in creating new regions, even if they use existing sims to do so. However the grid shrinkage does suggest a loss of tier income for Linden Lab and although tier revenue is extremely healthy, the decline remains worrying.
For more detailed statistical goodness, visit Tyche’s Gridsurvey.com.