Archive for July, 2015

A Lick of science fiction in Second Life

July 21, 2015

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The McFly Project; Inara Pey, July 2015, on FlickrThe McFly Project, July 2015 (Flickr) – click any image for full size

I’ve visited Oyster Bay, the demonstration region for Lick Sim Designs, several times; however, for various reasons I’ve never managed to actually blog about it. So when I saw Sera Bellic, Lick’s proprietor and chief designer, had once again re-worked the region, and this time with something of a science fiction leaning, I decided to put matters right and not only visit and take photos, but this time actually write about my time there.

Like all of Sera’s designs, The McFly Projectis a marvellously photogenic, immersive environment which once again demonstrates her talent for region design. It’s also a place very much of two parts, although they are intertwined, perhaps in ways beyond that suggested by the region’s Destination Guide description: Step into the past and explore what once was, and find your…

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UWA Offers Machinimists/Animators a Chance to Enter the SciFi Film Festival For FREE!!

July 13, 2015

KULTIVATE MAGAZINE

The University of Western Australia is offering a unique partnership with the SciFi Film Festival. From the official UWA blog: “UWA is pleased to announce that the partnership with SciFi Film Festival continues. Details for machinima and film submissions are on the main SciFi Film Festival Website. CLICK HERE. You will see that there are entry fees for all categories of film, HOWEVER for any machinima filmed in Second Life, the entry fee is covered by UWA, so you will be able to register without cost!”

You can read the rest of the article on the official UWA blog:

http://uwainsl.blogspot.com/2015/07/scifi-film-festival-machinimaanimation.html

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Slinking Around

July 12, 2015

Being Yordie Sands

I’ve been tiptoeing around, laying low in SL for a few days. I found my way to Book Island and will probably setup a cubby hole there when–well, if–I finish my novel.

Yordie Sands, Writer I chose this storefront because it has a nice
a nice little path behind it leading to a garden.

I was also delighted that one of my old blog posts delighted a Second Lifer I’d never met, a one SecondBlood Priestly. He’s a wily wolf and was the builder of a “magnificent flying machine” I had discovered while exploring, back in my early days in SL.

Yordie Sands Photographer This is the “Magnificent Flying Machine” I discovered
on my 5th Expedition on the Sansara Continent.

Anyway, we met at his place in Lusk, and went to a sandbox to rez the old beauty. I hadn’t had time to actually ride in it when I was exploring, so we took it for a spin. Well…

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Should we worry that outsiders associate Second Life with adult content? Google says: No, because they don’t

July 10, 2015

Canary Beck

Understandably, long-term residents that invest time, energy, money & hopes into the Second Life platform don’t like it when the media associate Second Life with negativity or fringe interests that might misrepresent how they see the virtual world. Our umbrage escalates to outrage, when this negativity – and the misconceptions that breed it – are seemingly perpetuated (and some might say “regurgitated”) by Second Life residents themselves – who ‘should know better’.

If you’re concerned about Second Life’s reputation, my aim in writing this post is to assuage your anxieties. I’ll do this by showing that the world at large does not share the view that many Second Life residents assume is held by outsiders. Furthermore, I’ll offer some reasons why we think it does have this perception.

Perceived negative associations dampen word of mouth

Why does this matter? Because I believe that one of the things that dampens the growth of Second Life (and there are several – mainly…

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