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Posts tagged “Linden Labs”

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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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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A Second Second Life: Patterns Is Sort Of Out

Imagine a game where the world is yours to reshape. Now imagine it becomes famous, and everyone knows what it is. It appears on the TV, confusing news presenters, and there are conventions devoted to it. That game is Second Life. You thought it was going to be Minecraft, didn't you? Hah! I'm like Derren Brown, but hairier. But it's okay, as there's a very…

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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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