Archive for April, 2010
April 28th, 2010
Second Life officially launched Viewer 2 which is a 3D browsing software required to enter SL. The new Viewer bring with it new improvements and features for the game. One of which includes Shared Media that enables Residents to create even more amazing things with this new ability to display and share Web-based, Flash, and other media on any Second Life object.
Some innovative Shared Media experiences include:
FLICKR GETTR – An immersive visual storytelling environment filled with images queried from Flickr tag. Residents can change the visual experience instantly by typing in a keyword tag that will than pull and display a steam of related pictures
I-ROOM – At the home of Open Virtual Collaboration Environment your avatar can literally walk by walls of Shared Media that feature implantation of Google Documents, Google Wave, and Adobe Connect. It’s designed to support meetings, training, and experiments.
3D PANORAMA – This is an immersive 3D panorama using Shared Media. Residents can visit an island known as “Here” which shows a scrolling 360-degree screenshot of Second Life.
These are just a few of the new things made possible by Shared Media. In addition to the new SL Viewer there are numerous other innovative software and SL programs and tools available to improve your Second Life experience.
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April 21st, 2010
We all have different reasons for being part of the Second Life community. Some are here to socialize and interact with people. Some are artists or educators. Some are entrepreneurs setting out to start their own SL business.
There are also special groups of people that stretch beyond their own individual goals to reach out to others by sharing their knowledge and skills to help those in need in SL. This special community is volunteers whose main goal is to help and inspire others.
Linden Lab began the inworld volunteer groups in 2004 and over the years it has varied form a handful to hundreds to 3500. The volunteers have shown remarkable talent and accomplishments which as has made huge impacts in Second Life.
Some volunteer programs include
- Resident Help Network Designed to promote “the best of the best” volunteer help groups
- Second Life Answers A basic question and answer style area
- Community Translators Designed to help non-English speaking Residents
Even if you’re not experienced enough to join a volunteer program or you don’t have the time to dedicate to it, you can still get that sense of connectedness by joining a SL forum. By becoming a member of a forum you get to socialize with your other people who have similar interests as you, discuss the game, and help each other along. Even if you’re not a master at creating Second Life scripts or a talented builder you can still help out in your own way.
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April 14th, 2010
In April 2010 Second Life announced new starting avatars when registering for Second Life. The developers of SL asked new and existing residents for feedback. The community wanted a larger set of styles to pick from and also a larger selection of hair, eyes, skin, and outfits.
Residents typically pick the boy or girl next door look over other flashier avatar looks so developers worked with resident designers Adam n Eve to create new avatars to better reflect player’s wants and to better represent the diverse styles and communities of international residents.
Those who prefer to start the game as non-human Second Life avatars may be a bit disappointed though, as the SL developers feel it’s best for players to start as a human and then transition to non-human avatars later in the game.
• Female and Male City
• Female and Male Designer
• Female and Male Goth
• Female and Male Party
• Female and Male Rocker
• Female and Male Student
Before you start experimenting with these new options please remember to always save versions of yourself before wearing new shapes or new skins. Also if you are looking to further modify your SL avatar you can do so with a Second Life avatar editor or if you want to take your avatar customization to the next level, you can try SL mods and add-ons.
April 7th, 2010
The Second Life download is a 3D virtual world that is owned and created entirely by the residents. Members in the virtual world can spend their time socializing and exploring, or can start building their house or business. Linden dollars is the Second Life currency and can be exchanged for real money. The SL market place supports millions of US dollars in monthly transactions. SL was released in 2003 and has since than grown to more than 300,000 members.
Some Second Life download requirements include:
•Processor: Pentium III 800 MHz
•Memory: 256 MB
•Video: nVidia GeForce 2, GeForce 4mx, ATI Radeon 8500, 9250 or better MB
•Broadband internet connection
•Processor: Pentium IV 1.6 GHz
•Memory: 512 MB
After you have downloaded the game you may want to use other Second Life downloads to help you in your virtual life. SL Guides can be your main source of support by leading you through the game and showing you the fastest and most productive methods of going about things. Other downloads include Second Life hacks and bots which can give you an advantage by enabling you to advance faster and make more SL lindens than just the average resident.