“This story is so funny and so bleak” – Paolo Pedercini: Twitter
This story is so funny and so bleak. But also, this kind of “exploring a dead virtual world” articles used to be written a decade or so after the hype, back in Second Life times.
Stunning Second Life landscape photos blending virtual nature & civilization – New World Notes
Denny Cioc’s photostream is full of landscapes that are extraordinary, not just beautiful, but from fresh and unique perspectives. I love that she also visits some of the quirkier sims and art installations as well. She will inspire you to travel.
Crystal Frost, Second Life on Unity project, focuses on PC/VR viewer while Linden Lab works on mobile version – New World Notes
Berry’s original idea is to create a version of Second Life that’s optimized to run in PCs and VR, and that remains the goal. Yes, Second Life in VR, with hands-on prim-based creation, a version of SL that can compete with VRChat.
Second Life Mobile: first look – Second Life: YouTube
Let’s face it, this isn’t the first time we’ve tried to build a mobile viewer because of course we want to have all of the glory of Second Life in our pocket, but honestly this is the most exciting result we’ve seen so far. We really wanted to start with the hardest things first. Hardest? Avatars and beautiful world views and we wanted to make sure that our app works on all platforms and so it is with joy and trepidation that we share with you the early results of these efforts.
Official Second Life iOS/Android mobile app on Unity revealed “with joy & trepidation”, starting with avatars & world display – New World Notes
Curiously, an earlier version of this project was going to focus on chat and other utility functions, but now Linden Lab is focusing on avatar and beautiful scene rendering. (Though on this video, at least, the world’s draw distance appears quite low, and textures are similarly low res.) However, Linden Lab says they intend for the mobile version to have “pretty much” all the functionality of the desktop version — eventually. “Last half of this year” is the target release date for a limited beta which will also have avatar chat.
Second Life bird photography is so popular there’s a whole Flickr group for it – New World Notes
I first thought this was accidentally added, a real bird in an SL bird group, but there is a SLURL. It was taken on Tranquility Isle and it is so real. Second Life is getting uncanny and Mikey Barbosa has me doubting my own eyes.