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In March, OnLive introduced SL Go - a service that brings the Second Life Viewer to mobile devices. The service had previously been available for Android devices, but today brings an exciting expansion: SL Go is now available for the iPad!

With SL Go, you can now access Second Life on your iPad using Wi-Fi or 4G LTE and enjoy a high-fidelity experience with great graphics quality, full shaders, shadows, and full motion capability. SL Go gives you access to the full Second Life Viewer interface, including edit menus, inventory, preference settings and chat management, adding intuitive touch controls.

To use SL Go on your iPad, you’ll need an OnLive account to launch the app, and then you’ll log into Second Life with the same credentials you’ve always used. To learn more about SL Go, including pricing and regional availability, and to get started with a free trial, visit https://games.onlive.com/landing/slgo

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A few months ago, we released a Project Viewer that made it possible to use the first generation Oculus Rift development kit (DK1) anywhere in Second Life.

Since then, Oculus Rift has released a second generation development kit, DK2. The new hardware offers an even more immersive experience when used with Second Life - there’s less likelihood of feeling motion sick thanks to the motion-tracking features, and less of the “screen-door effect” on the visuals, thanks to higher resolution and brighter display.

We’ve integrated the DK2 with Second Life, and today are releasing a new Project Viewer so that virtual reality enthusiasts with the DK2 can use it anywhere in Second Life, just as DK1 users can.

Unfortunately, though, there are still some bugs impacting the experience, which we won’t be able to fix until we receive the next SDK from Oculus Rift. Because Second Life uses OpenGL in its browser, we cannot support direct mode in the Rift until Oculus releases a version of the SDK that supports that.

In addition, juddering is an issue (as it is with most DK2 demos).This can be significantly improved on Windows by turning off Aero, which allows the Rift to use its full refresh rate rather than being limited to the refresh rate of the primary monitor. This refresh rate is a major factor in the judder and turning off Aero can significantly improve your experience.

We’ll continue to fix bugs and improve the experience as quickly as we can once we get the next SDK, but in the meantime, we wanted to get this Project Viewer out into testers’ hands. If you have an Oculus Rift development kit, you can download the new Project Viewer here.

Here again is our video to help you get started using the Oculus Rift with Second Life.

 

You’ve fared well thus far, traveler, and survived last week’s itinerary of terror with body and mind mostly intact. Perhaps you’re up for some more frightening scares? We double dog dare you to test your bravery against this next round of Halloween fun courtesy of the Second Life Destination Guide.

Start your voyage in a techni-colored Halloween village with a frighteningly fun tour before fending off the ravenous dead in a sweltering bayou. Lose yourself in a dank cavern system and wander through a dark neighborhood perfect for some trick-or-treating. Will you escape two uniquely haunted forest parks?

Think you’ve got something scarier, or just a cool spot in general? Share it with us! Snapshot those scary moments and submit them to the  official Second Life Flickr Page - you could end up being a featured Pic of the Day!

2014 Halloween Town

Halloween Town is full of shops for all of your Halloween needs, from party food to costumes. Go from spectator to participant at the haunted house as you pay tribute to the greatest horror movies of all time.

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Zombie Bayou

Welcome to the bayou, come join in a small hunt for Halloween! Zombie Bayou's a fun place to hang out, enjoy each other's company, do some trick or treating, watch a movie, maybe even shop a little. Most of all, have fun. Just... You know... Beware of the zombies.

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Caverns of Doom

Marcy Mansion is not your typical haunted house. Below the mansion are the infamous Caverns of Doom, spanning three full sims. Will you find the entrances, explore the labyrinthine tunnels, fight off zombies and the hellhounds, take a ride with the Ferryman and find the Aztec ruins? There are hidden doors to a secret laboratories and old cemeteries. Explore if you dare, but beware the danger that lurks around every corner...

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Havenhollow Returns

Holiday Appreciation Association presents Havenhollow Returns, an interactive neighborhood featuring a door to door trick-or-treating experience. Trick or be treated, leave no stone unturned or corner unexplored. This town is packed with fun, mystery, and excitement for you and your friends to experience together. Many surprises await in fog-lit Havenhollow Returns. Discover them soon.

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Masoma County Haunted Halloween Sim

Masoma County welcomes you to 2014's Haunted Halloween Sim. Feeling the itch for a bit of suspense and frightful sights? Follow the foggy path and hope you make it out alive. Wander around, searching all of the hidden destinations, but he sure to watch your back. Who knows what could be following you. Do you dare to take cover in the Haunted or Horror house?

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Nightmare at the Park

That eerie feeling crossing a darkened bridge in the night, where trees howl and ghosts wail... Walk dark foggy paths, chased by unseen presences. Will you find out what lurks in the shadows of the night? Or will you delve into the hilltop house of fright? Grab a flashlight, you'll need it. The perfect Halloween is the one you never forget. No matter how hard you want to.

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A chill wind howls through moonlit trees. Pumpkins smile fiery grins as children cackle through masks with candy-breath. This can only mean one thing - Halloween approaches.

Allow the Destination Guide to be your host during this magical and uncertain holiday. So step into the boat, pay your two coins and let the river boat take you where it will. Don’t mind those clocked figures at the helm - they’ve made this trip millions of times.

Your first stop is a cheery spot filled with friendly ghosts and cute Jack-o-lanterns. If you think you’re ready for it, the next stop is a lantern-lit tour through gore-clotted and dangerous locales. Survivors might even let their guard down for live music as a popular hangout succumbs to the enchanting spell of Halloween. All rides end at the aptly-named Screaming Woods.

Join the fun and terrify us with a new creation, and share your survival shots on the Official Second Life Flickr Page.

Haunted Forest

Come visit the Haunted Forest this Halloween. Find scavenger hunts, ghosts, skeletons and more!

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Return of the Nightmare Walkthrough

Satisfy your hunger for terror with the Return of the Nightmare Walkthrough. Celebrate Halloween with a fresh house of horrors and a free hunt for prizes. Face your fears, hunt for pumpkins, and get lost in the maze of terrors in this October-only event!

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Halloween Rock and Shock 2014

Celebrities Hangout presents Halloween Rock and Shock 2014, a journey into your darkest nightmares! Visit the haunted island, take the canoe ride to the psycho village and see if you can survive the madness. They've got live trick or treats, concerts and rock parties.

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Screaming Woods

Welcome to Screaming Woods. Not feeling well? You are in luck, the doctors will be ever so delighted to see you! Right before they check you into the asylum. So come, join the spookily haunted Screaming Woods, where there are lots of fun things to see. Most of the props are interactive, so be sure to take lots of pictures and tell your friends. At Screaming Woods, the name says it all.

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Think Pink Week in Second Life!

by Community Manager on ‎10-02-2014 10:35 AM

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Second Life has kicked off their fundraising initiatives and activies inworld and will be hosting lots of great events for you to check out.

Inara Pey has outlined some of this week's events in her blog here, including contests, hunts, ways to virtually participate in events that help raise awareness and funds, and other activities to show your pink pride.

You can pick up a fundraising kit with event submission instructions if you are interesting it throwing your own Think Pink event. Just review the fundraising guidelines, and drop by the MSABC kiosk where you can pick up free goodies, make a donation, and find more information about the events and contributors to the event!

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For more than thirteen years, Loz Hyde has been professionally building 3D models for commercials and movies such as Terminator: Salvation, 2012, and Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s also translated this experience into a successful brand in Second Life - Meshworx.

He states that “Creating a mood is really important” and part of his approach and philosophy to his work.

Among his many contributions is the now iconic "Arcade" building, which is inspired by the Brighton Pier in Loz's native England. The Arcade Gacha in Second Life serves as a beloved destination for many Residents during the regular Gacha events hosted there, as well as a place to become immersed in a turn-of-the-century pier experience.  

While it takes some time and dedication to build the highly detailed pieces sold in his store, Loz has discovered a way to take his offline creative skills and make them both profitable and fulfilling in Second Life.

Loz says, “You can do pretty much anything you want to do, and that’s what is so empowering about it.”

For more about Loz and Meshworx, watch the video here, or below.

Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below:

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 6: Abramelin Wolfe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures

Update to The Skill Gaming Application Process

by Community Manager ‎09-29-2014 12:59 PM - edited ‎09-29-2014 01:21 PM

On September 1, 2014, the updated Skill Gaming Policy for Second Life went into effect. As a reminder, this policy allows for skill gaming activity in Second Life, but establishes that only approved Creators may make skill games with L$ payouts, only approved Operators may run them, and they may only be run on designated Skill Gaming Regions, where access is restricted to those who meet certain qualifications.

As our FAQs explained, applicants to the program who submitted their applications prior to the September 1 deadline have been permitted to continue their skill gaming activity while their applications are reviewed.

Beginning November 1, 2014, the enforcement of our Policy will apply to all Residents, including those with pending Skill Gaming applications that await Linden Lab review and approval. As of that date, any objects or regions found in violation of our Policy will be taken down.We strongly encourage all applicants to submit any outstanding materials for our review as soon as possible so that their applications may be processed before the deadline.

From the start, we’ve seen strong interest from Residents seeking to become approved skill gaming Creators and Operators. You can find the current list of approved participants here, and we’ll continue to review applications as quickly as possible to expand that list. If you would like to apply to become an approved skill gaming Creator or Operator, you can do so here.

 

Pumpkin spiced everything seems to be everywhere - you can practically smell the cinnamon even in Second Life! For this week's Destination Guide Highlights, we've frothed up some tasty places to explore if you're looking to sample a seasoned variety of themes.

Start your adventures roleplaying at scenic Innsmouth, where there are absolutely no half-human cults hell bent on summoning mind-shattering elder gods to devour the earth.*

Regain sanity in a cute multiplayer medieval battle arena, or stock up on your horror movie survival supplies at the Level Up event.

Before it ends - stop by the steampunk Clockwork Spiral - where designers have turned to dark-Victorian inspiration to help raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation.

Creative types might enjoy the retrospective look at one of Second Life's prolific artists - Bryn Oh.

Lastly, be sure to curl up with a good story in a fantastically imaginative library.

Head on over to the Second Life Destination Guide for more spots to enjoy.

If you've created something you think is missing from the Destination Guide, let us know about it, and share your adventures on the Official Second Life Flickr Page.

*Should a half-human cult book a stay and summon such elder earth hungry  gods, we advise packing for any occasion.

 

Innsmouth

Why was this New England coastal town abandoned in the 1930s? Perhaps the giant sea-monster emerging from the south ocean might be the answer. Nevertheless, Innsmouth remains a dark, damp place with perpetual rain and ruined buildings well worth exploring.

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It's a Block

It's a Block is a free-to-play multiplayer game. Play to earn store credits, bring your friends for extra fun. Jump in, choose a free demo character and join a match!

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Level Up Hunt

Come join the second round of Level Up, launching September 18th. Titled Zombies Eat Flesh, this hunt takes bloody inspiration from horror and survival-themed video games. So choose your weapons, grab your flashlights and start hunting!

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A Clockwork Spiral

Welcome to the Clockwork Spiral! This benefit aims to help the National Kidney Foundation, so prepare yourself for sixteen days chock full of steam, diesel and dark Victoriana. Everything opens September 15th at 6:00pm. With music, events and gifts, this is a benefit you won't want to miss.

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The Chamber Library

The Chamber Library is one-of-a-kind, bringing together art and literature in a never-before-seen way. Relax and read an ever-increasing number of articles and stories amidst an absorbing display of environmental art. They welcome writing submissions from Secondlife residents for inclusion in the library. The Chamber Library is a simply stunning space to loose yourself in.

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Bryn Oh Retrospective

Come see a retrospective of the virtual artworks of Bryn Oh from 2007-2014. This hybrid event occurs simultaneously with at the Art & Algorithms digital festival in Titusville, Florida. For more information, visit http://artandalgorithms.com/.

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Back in April we blogged about the University of San Martin de Porres Perú is offering a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called "Introduction to Second Life for Educators" that was specifically designed to help Spanish speaking educators leverage Second Life for educational purposes. Since then the course has been improved and updated, and a new session is set to start on September 29th at Second Life Para Docentes.

About the course:

The Virtual Worlds Project of The University of San Martin de Porres from Perú starts this September 29th the second edition of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled "Introduction to Second Life for Educators 2nd. Ed.". The course is free and is designed to train Spanish speaking educators on the use of the virtual world Second Life, and to provide knowledge that allows educators to benefit from its potential, especially in the education field.

 If you or someone you know might benefit from a course like this, you can watch an introductory video (in Spanish) and register at their website. Start Day: Sep 29th

You can also visit the headquarters of the course within the virtual world from our Destination Guide entry.

En español:
El Proyecto en Mundos Virtuales de la Universidad de San Martín de Porres de Perú, inicia este 29 de setiembre la segunda edición del curso en la modalidad MOOC (Curso Masivo Abierto En línea) titulado "Introducción a Second Life para Educadores 2da. Ed.". El curso es gratuito y está diseñado para capacitar a educadores y público en general de habla hispana en el uso del mundo virtual Second Life, a fin de ofrecer conocimiento que permita desempeñarse en este entorno y aprovechar su potencial, especialmente en el ámbito educativo.

 Si tú o alguien que tú conoces pueden beneficiarse de un curso como éste, pueden acceder al vídeo de introducción y registrarse en la página web. Inicio: 29 de Set.

Además se puede visitar la sede del curso dentro del mundo virtual desde nuestra Guía de Destinos.

 

When was the last time you went on a journey or experienced something that changed the way you saw things? As with past editions, this week's installment of the Second Life Destination Guide Highlights may show you something you've never seen before.

Relive Homer’s Odyssey through sculpture or stop ponder the thoughts and philosophies of a famed medicine man. Take a stroll through a quaint Japanese store, or explore the mysteries of a fae island. For you action lovers out there, visit a dark city where mythical creatures vie for dominance under a mysterious dome.

Wherever your path takes you, share the experience on the Official Second Life Flickr Page. And for you creators out there, join the fun and share something amazing

The Mad Flight

Giovanna Cerise presents a Lost Town "Il folle volo" (The mad flight), a work loosely based on the figure of Odysseus, the inspiration of Homer, Dante and Joyce. Become Ulysses, discover the history, meet Polyphemus, the Sirens, Circe, and even be transported by the vortex in a madly historical flight.

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Black Elk

The installation draws on the life and writings of Black Elk, a medicine man of the Oglala Lakota, born in 1863 and author of The Sacred Pipe and Black Elk Speaks. Come see this thought-provoking piece, beautifully executed and well worth visiting.

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Miyabi

Welcome to Miyabi, founded in 2007. Miyabi is a wonderful store to find both casual and formal attire and accessories in traditional Japanese patterns. Please try to touch the lovely and beautiful Japan.

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The City of Spiritus Sancti

Welcome to the dome-enclosed Spritus Sancti, a UCE-metered post apocalyptic dark combat/roleplay sim. Deviants and marauders roam the streets. Periodically the Dome attacks, creating inexplicable and often deadly phenomenon. The locals neither like nor trust outsiders, so beware, for nothing is as it seems!

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Twisted Hunt

Welcome to the beginning of a new Twisted Era, welcome to the 12th bi-annual Twisted Hunt. Rewind the clock to see their true colors, scarlet veins to verdigris skies. This is your one and only chance to use all past Twisted colors and use past Twisted themes as your palette. Have fun, make history, and enjoy the hunt!

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Isle of Myrth

The veil between faerie grows thin on the Isle of Myrth. Through the cracks in the veil, bits of faerieland have escaped. Visit these floating islands and castles nestled among a fairy forest packed with hidden places. Visit this enchanted isle and see some of the best fantasy creators on the grid in an immersive fantasy market and monthly street vendor fair. Or peruse the hangout spots and games to while away time with friends.

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