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Second Life

1 year ago

Many pet rabbits will die in Second Life on Saturday

Virtual rabbits across Second Life [official site] will fall asleep on Saturday then never wake up, now that the their digital food supply has been shut down by a legal battle. The player-made and player-sold Ozimals brand of digirabbits are virtual pets that players breed and care for in the sandbox MMO, and even need to feed by buying DRM-protected virtual food. But they rely…

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Feature: You are what you wear

The importance of cultural fashion in games

Virginia never imagined she'd be telling a Black woman it was okay to wear Black clothes. As an African with lighter skin, Virginia had feared accusations of cultural appropriation when she first started making traditional African outfits for The Sims 4. Though she had spent the first 12 years of her life in West Africa, her mixed-race origins marked her as an outsider, and she…

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2 years ago

Feature: Heroes behind bars

The RPG Scrollbars: MMO Jails And Virtual Porridge

Backstage areas have always fascinated me. Behind the scenes in theatres, where all the glitz and glamour dies instantly the moment you step where the public isn't meant to see - down lethal staircases and in filthy preparation rooms. The tunnels in places like Walt Disney World, where cast members travel to avoid ruining the magic, and tough security guards probably not wearing mouse ears…

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3 years ago

Feature: Ultima Drunderworld

The RPG Scrollbars: The Best Punishments For Cheaters

Over in Everquest II, they're trying an experiment at the moment - what's that? Yes, Everquest II. People are still playing it. The original as well. I know, I'm surprised too, but never mind. Specifically, they've created a prison server called Drunder. The idea is that instead of banning trolls, griefers and cheaters (presumably up to a certain point), they can simply throw all the…

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Second Life Players Made An MMO Inside Of An MMO

In what is probably the most impressive creative project in Second Life since the giant penis sculptures of SL retail, a group of players have used the game's building and scripting tools to create an in-game cyberpunk MMO. So, yeah, that's an MMO made inside of an MMO. Remnants of Earth [official site] has players take on the role of a hero who has been…

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4 years ago

The Drax Files Are Good Documentaries About Second Life

Second Life is too easy to make fun of, be it for the failed gold rush when advertisers gambled on the future of the metaverse or for the sleazy commercialism that still defines many in-world locations. These things, while true, make it too easy to dismiss the creative projects you can find within that world if you know where to look. The Drax Files: World…

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5 years ago

I, Spybot: NSA Docs Detail Spying In WoW, Second Life

I'm not quite ready to declare privacy dead, but it's┬áreeeeeeeeeallly┬ánot doing so well in this day and age. Each racking cough brings up phlegmy handfuls of news about intrusive government and corporate programs - not to mention services that have normalized broadcasting every aspect of our lives on public channels without really considering the consequences. Admittedly, I don't think it's all bad (I use Twitter…

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Store: Bought – Second Life Dev Acquires Desura

Second Life is still a thing! Trust me: I checked. Now I must go wash my eyes with acid and bees, for it's the only way to be sure. More importantly, however, creator Linden Labs is actually up to a bunch more stuff these days - including interesting (and sadly mobile-only) interactive narrative experiments and a buildy, kinda Minecraft-ish thing. So naturally, it's gone and…

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6 years ago

Minecraft By Way Of Second Life: Patterns

You know, when you think about it, Second Life and freeform voxel builders like Minecraft really aren't all that different. I mean, both offer players tremendous creative freedom - which they generally mold into either a) likenesses of their favorite TV/movie objects or b) unspeakable, physics-defying flesh horrors even your greatest nightmares wouldn't dare conjure up. So I suppose it kind of makes sense that…

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7 years ago

Interview: Rod Humble On Second Life

Just before Christmas it was announced that EA's Man In Charge Of The Sims, Rod Humble, had upped sticks and moved to the peculiar worlds of Second Life. Fascinated by this decision, we tracked him down to a tower made out of penises, sat on a throne of eyeballs that sing copyrighted Disney tunes, and asked him some questions. (Please note, while Rod Humble does…

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8 years ago

Rod Humble Takes Over Second Life

Rod Humble, you might recall, has been at the controls of EA's The Sims projects for the past few years. But no more. Linden Lab have just issued a statement, full of comments about "growth" and "exciting opportunities", saying that Humble (pictured in his previous state) is taking over as CEO. Not much more than that at the moment, but this is the first thing…

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RPS In Second Life: An Orgasmic Bellowing

Pay any attention to that irreverent, smiling spectre we call technology journalism and you'll probably know two things about Second Life. ONE: That it's very successful, and the millions of dollars it rakes in are shared with its dashing player entrepreneurs. TWO: That it's full of sex. You'll know this from the chocolate-box of articles ranging from I Was A Prostitute In Second Life to…

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9 years ago

Asshats of Arrakis

A while back, we made a Hivemind vow to steer clear of Second Life reportage, as it's an MMO that so often suffers a ridiculously inflated, distorted profile in its press coverage, and we really don't want to add to that. Occasionally though, there's a story that isn't about some past-it band holding a fake gig there or someone else revealing that they regularly have…

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11 years ago

Metaplace: MMOs By Everyone

We at RPS like the PC because it gives us a big mess of stuff. There's more things to play out there than you can fit into a lifetime, and it's growing, non-stop, like a formidable fungus. We must therefore applaud those people who want us to make even more stuff. Well done you. Some fun, yesterday. One such gentleman is bearded theorist (and occasional…

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