Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Panasonic: 3D content drought is coming to an end | News | TechRadar UK

Panasonic: 3D content drought is coming to an end | News | TechRadar UK: "The head of Panasonic Europe says that the content shortage which has bedevilled the nascent 3D TV industry will only be short lived."

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Second Life is stil a beach


Sogno Archipelag is bucking the trend of rentals, with most properties rented even at what strikes me as rather high prices for virtual land.




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Flowers and realism, or lack there of


Isla Menorca

One issue I have with designs in Second Life is the tendency, in so much landscape design, to use the same bunch of flowers, trees, grasses or other elements over and over again. Certainly it saves on download and can reduce Lag, but I think the brain picks up on the fact that there are really only two bundles of flowers in the above image; and this causes us to reject the space we find ourselves in.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Dance and shop


CRYSTAL SHOPPING

The mall-club mix is a common feature of Second Life and one of the few business concept that seems to be surviving.



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Okay the thing everyone wants to know: Sex in Second Life



.:: RED LIGHT STREET ESCORTS * CLUB * MOTEL * ADVERTISING * CAM

Sex is extremely popular in Second Life. The process is actually rather simple. A SL avatar is not able to have sex on its own, out of the box. Actually a avatar does not even come with sexual organs. To have sex you need to find a place that provides sex pose balls. That is not at all hard to do.




A few years ago there was a belief that people would make a lot of money with simulated sex so there are a lot of really developed SIMs that support sex play. I know it is sexist, but generally its "boy" on blue ball and "girl" on pink ball. This convention is so common as to be almost universal in Second Life.






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State of the art avatars


Some very creative Avatar designs hanging out in SL.





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Free-Ed.Net


InWorld Campus of Free-Ed.Net

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Abandoned Land: Sign of the Times


Abandoned Land, one would think that Linden Labs would not openly label land this way. It simply shows the degree of flight from much of the newer land in Second Life.



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Mixed review for Blue Mars


I really like the way Blue Mar's CryEngine 2 renders the virtual space. Linden Labs Second Life technology is not even in the some ballpark on this one. The trees and shadows look almost like you are in a movie, and the distant horizon does not fade out but actually composed a lovely Vista unmatched by anything in Second LIfe.

Okay that said, there are some major costs to going to Blue Mars, and I would hope the people at Avatar Reality can resolve some of them.

Firstly moving about is way to clumsy. Though I have a very high end machine I am finding it very difficult to explore just one lush region.

Secondly no one is around. Though I imagine time may fix this it is even more empty than Second Life. In SL you can usually find a party of some kind.

And the downloads before you can go to a region are probably too long. I have 150 Mbps Broadband and I still find myself having to wait 5 to 10 minutes to enter a region. Given the way people TP around SL this simply won't work out. Better compression or more client side processing would seem in order.

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Monday, 26 July 2010

New Venice on Blue Mars


New Venice in Blue Mars. CryEngine 2 produces some amazing visuals. Just look at the village on the hills. But why can't I fly? Best feature in Second Life and they didn't include it in Blue Mars it seems?





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A lovely place that sells dirty items


Rendervisions 11

A lovely little places that sell xcite collars. The lines between pornographic and safe are being redrawn so much since Linden Labs introduced a system of moral labels. This is a normal process on the web, people outsmart he censors.

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The Office : Second Life is the same




Office clip on Second Life

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SL machines



Overview of machines I have seen in Second Life

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An amazing steam powered boat


Chewie Quixote amazing steam powered boat. A very creative re-imaging of steam power. One of the more interesting steampunk devices I have seen.





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More pictures from a party


Avatars dancing at a concert at "Lacey's Place"






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Avatars dancing at a party


Avatars dancing at a concert at "Lacey's Place"







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Avatars



Avatars dancing at a concert at "Lacey's Place"





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Its a party


A concert at "Lacey's Place"

As collaboration tools go, Second Life and all Virtual Reality tools gives you an ability to move from public event to private conversation. I can focus in on a single person based upon their AV or profile to start a private IM. This makes SL an excellent place to meet new people in real time. This is a feature that is lacking in tools like foursquare, Facebook or Twitter.


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