Second Life Support Site Scheduled To Be Upgraded November 7th

Shaman Linden Pumpkin Fighter

Linden Lab have announced – Support Site Upgrade Scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7th, 2017 :

Our support site (support.secondlife.com) will be undergoing an overhaul next Tuesday afternoon, the 7th of November.

This means that the support site will be down for a period of time, the current schedule as announced on the blog post is :

What this means for Residents is that after 3pm (PT) on 11/07 you will be unable to submit, edit, or view your current support tickets. The downtime will be used to complete a migration of all the current support tickets to our new Customer Relationship Management tool.

We currently plan to have the support system back up and running by 9am PT on 11/08.

So between 3:00pm SLT on the 7th November and 9:00 am on 8th November you won’t be able to submit, edit or view current support tickets.

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Ars Technica’s Samuel Axon Returns To Second Life and Finds Plenty Of Life

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Samuel Axon over at Ars Technica has returned to Second Life and published a very good article on the hopes, fears, past and future of Second Life, Sansar and much more.

What makes this article so good is that Samuel has experience of Second Life, knows all about the past hype but in a very refreshing manner he points out that Second Life is still very much around, even if users have some concerns about Linden Lab’s focus on Sansar :

Believe it or not, the platform today enjoys a healthy community. Not only does it still exist, but if you ask Second Life’s creators, the platform may be thriving. Ask its users, on the other hand, and the picture gets a bit hazier.

The article covers an interesting aspect of Second Life, how the area of commerce has in many ways followed physical world patterns, with the online Marketplace thriving in many areas whilst inworld commerce struggles with its virtual bricks and mortar version in other areas.

The article also mentions the growth of virtual pets as a product, with Fennux creator Daemon Blackflag talking about how people breed virtual pets and sell them.

Storybrooke Gardens

The article features quotes from Second Life merchants, residents and Linden Lab employees, which all adds up to a very good overview of the platform from people who know about the platform, this is a refreshing change from a lot of Second Life articles.

Karsten Rutledge of Greedy Greedy fame talks about how the hype of past years such as 2007 was always a load of nonsense, but we also get a view of how technology developments can hamper the ambitions of platforms, when Second Life was full in its hype cycle Social Media wasn’t the thriving platform it is today.

Peter Gray, Linden Lab’s Senior Director of Communications (AKA Gray of the Lab from San Francisco) touches upon these developments :

Gray even ventured a theory for why the original narrative didn’t pan out. “I think it’s worth bearing in mind that a lot of those experiments were done before people were very familiar with social media,” he said. “In short, if people were to approach creating virtual experiences for those types of things now, whether it be a marketing outreach or that kind of thing, I think they might take a different approach to do it.”

This is worth bearing mind as Linden Lab’s Sansar finds its feet, the development of Virtual Reality and other technologies could completely change the direction Sansar takes, this is true of technological developments throughout history.

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Exploring The Well Ultimum

The Well Ultimum

As we’re in the horror season in Second Life I decided to take a look around Loki Eliot’s latest episode of The Well, or as it’s officially known this year, T H E W E L L : Ultimum.

The Well Ultimum Information

The blurb from The Destination Guide informs us :

Can you return to the horror of The Well, uncovering the secrets in the  surrounding woods without losing your sanity? The fourth and final chapter in The Well horror series places you where it all began sometime in the 1980s. To play, a pass will need purchasing.

The cost of the pass is L$200 and from what I’ve seen so far it’s pretty good value.

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Sansar Gears Up For Halloween With Prizes, Karaoke and Live Music

Sansar Jenn Does Halloween

Linden Lab’s Sansar is gearing up for Halloween with a series of events and prizes, as a blog post by Sansar Jenn reveals; October in Sansar is Going to be Scary Good! 

The post informs us of a series of planned events, including :

A Contest with a Wicked Sweet Prize

Sansar’s Scariest Experiences is a competition whereby people can create a brand new Sansar experience in the spirit of Halloween. This competition comes with a very eye catching prize :

One grand prize winner will receive $10,000 (USD), an Oculus Rift + Touch bundle and a one year Sansar Super Creator Subscription. Three honorable mentions will each each receive a one year Sansar Creator Subscription.

However if you want to enter time is short, the closing date is October 15th. Click the link earlier in this post for details.

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Other events include Friday 13th at Draxtor Despres 114 Harvest. This could be a very scary experience if Draxtor decides to sing the Monster Mesh, make sure you bring some Bavarian bread.

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A Visit To Maison de L’amitié In Second Life

Maison de L'amitie

Second Life is gearing up for Halloween, the destination guide has a haunted section and this week’s Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide blog post is packed with spooky destinations.

Rowing Boats

However the destination guide also offers many more choices for those who aren’t yet ready to dive into the Halloween mood and I decided to take a look at the photogenic spots section, where I found the wonderfully serene Maison de L’amitié.

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