Now gridwide, the Sunshine V2 Viewer offers even more stability and other performance improvements. The work includes better retry logic, removes old client-side baking framework, and an assortment of appearance related bug fixes.
Another big feature that debuts with this update is the viewer support for AISV3. The bulk of the work was inventory-related, which not only sped up inventory operations but also greatly reduced the failure rate when performing outfit changes!
So if you happen to notice quicker avatar renderings, faster scene loading, seamless region crossing, or just better overall router stability, these are all objectives of Project Shining.
It will require a Viewer update, so do it now and enjoy the Sunshine!
School’s out, the weather’s heating up, and the living’s easy. Do yourself a favor and spend some leisure time browsing the Second Life Destination Guide; there’s always something new to see or do!
Shop to benefit charity at Fashion for Life, catch sports fever at London Does Football, or let the ocean breeze salt your virtual hair and try your luck on the pier at the Gacha Arcade. You could get fancy with charming hat art at the Arts in Hats, Hats in Art region, or march to the beat of your own quirky drums in the Chaotic Parade.
There’s plenty to enjoy, so be sure to share your adventures on our Official Second Life Flickr Page.
If you have an event or creation you’d like to share, let us know!
Yesterday, The Drax Files: World Makers, Episode 2 won the Best Machinima award at the New Media Film Festival - a festival that explores storytelling through new media technologies - congratulations to Draxtor Despres!
This episode predates Linden Lab's sponsorship of the series, but the compelling story it tells, the awesome Second Life creativity it highlights, and the high production quality are all great examples of why we're proud to support the series.
We asked Drax about his win and this is what he had to say:
To have our little mini documentary played on the big screen & observe the audience reaction is extremely gratifying.
For me there is no greater reward than seeing preconceived notions and misperceptions about Second Life fall by the wayside and being replaced by understanding of what virtual worlds can be.
It becomes clear that for these folks this is the first time the possibilities of virtual reality for education and historical study are being presented in this way .
I am also very grateful for Jo and all the others who are portrayed in these videos because when they come forward and put up the courage to let a camera capture their "real" life they become spokespeople for all of us and hopefully inspire others to "come out" and tell their story!
Watch the award-winning episode here:
Catch up on the whole series here.
We want to hear about your best-loved virtual places – from a beautiful view in GTA V to that 20-million-strong SimCity megalopolis you've been building (or possibly destroying). What would be the best video game cities to live in? The worst? Perhaps you've designed one you think would be better than your own city? Share your screengrabs and we'll feature the best on Guardian Cities.
This is a great chance to share some amazing Second Life locations with The Guardian’s readers. Whether it’s a place you created personally, discovered (maybe through the Destination Guide?) and love, or just a spot you always find yourself returning to, the Second Life locations that ‘wow’ you are great ones to share to help show off Second Life to the uninitiated.
You can submit your favorite Second Life location to The Guardian at this link. Be sure to let us know about them in this forum thread and submit them to the Destination Guide if they’re not already there. We’d love to check them out and share them with the rest of the community.
As we recently mentioned, this month marks the 11th anniversary of Second Life first opening its virtual doors, and in honor of this occasion, there are some fun things lined up to help us all celebrate Second Life’s 11th Birthday (SL11B).
First off, we’ve created a brand new limited-edition SL11B avatar that everyone can now get for free!
This robot is sleek and ready to explore the landscapes of Second Life. Made with Fitted Mesh, you can put your own stamp on this android by playing with some of the shape sliders. Just make sure you’re upgraded to a Viewer with Fitted Mesh enabled. There are two ways to get your robot - pick it up inworld at Hairy Hippo Fun Land in Bay City or just visit the Marketplace.
Year after year, our community has shown off the very best of what Second Life can do and mean, and that tradition continues with the Second Life 11th Birthday Community Celebration (or SL11BCC) which kicks off on Sunday June 22nd. This community-driven celebration will host exhibits, music, and much more. Find out more about what’s planned and how you can get involved on their website.
If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate or planning events of your own, the new Second Life 11th Birthday Category in the Destination Guide has got you covered. Check there often to find SL11B parties to join all over Second Life, and if you’re planning an event for the occasion, be sure to submit it using the form (use the ‘Misc’ category) or via email@example.com. Use “SL11B” in the subject line on the form or email.
We hope you enjoy your new SL11B avatar and we look forward to seeing you at the inworld celebrations. Be sure to show off your SL11B adventures by sharing snapshots to the Second Life Official Flickr Group Page.
In May, we launched some new mesh default avatars to give new users some up-to-date, better-looking options that incorporated some of the new technological advances to Second Life. Following community feedback about these new avatars, we’ve made some adjustments, and today we’re re-deploying them with a few updates.
Most significantly, users will now have the ability to edit the avatar shape for the human form avatars. Because these avatars are mesh, not all sliders will affect the shape, but many of them will. Play around and personalize the body, torso, and legs using the sliders now supported with the updated, modifiable shape. Some of the head and eyes sliders will also now work to adjust the avatars’ faces.
Additionally, Sara (the blonde female avatar) got a fuller hairdo with more body and volume, and we’ve fixed the hover position for several of the avatars which helps prevent sinking into the ground.
Updating to the new release of avatars is easy. New users that are just coming into Second Life for the first time will automatically receive the new avatars via registration. Existing users will simply need to re-wear the avatar from the library (Inventory>Library>Clothing>Initial Outfits) or by accessing the avatars via the Me Menu (Me>Choose an Avatar).
Give the new avatars a try - we hope you enjoy the updates!
Explore where art imitates Second Life in the latest episode of the Drax Files: World Makers.
This episode features the works of an Italian illustrator - Flokers - who has synesthesia and whose Second Life avatar art has turned her passion into a full-time job. Her viewpoint is that an avatar represents a person’s inner persona, and her paintings reflect that. “It doesn’t matter to know who they are in real life,” she says, “ because I know them in Second Life … and that’s what they are to me in that moment.”
Watch this video for a glimpse at her artwork, what the synesthesia experience is like for her, and some of her Second Life philosophy. “ … it gave me the chance to become the artist I always wanted to be.”
Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes at Draxtor’s Website or below.
We at Linden Lab love The Drax Files: World Makers video series. Draxtor Despres consistently does a fantastic job presenting the stories of some of the many talented people who are creating incredible things in Second Life.
From artists to educators, game makers, fashion designers, community builders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, musicians, magicians, and more - there is no shortage of fascinating people making and doing wonderful things in Second Life, and The Drax Files presents their stories in a way that shows not only the creative power of the platform, but also the unique personalities that make up the global community of Second Life users. As compelling as the series is for those of us already familiar with Second Life and stories like these, it’s also extremely powerful in communicating the magic of Second Life to those who haven’t yet experienced it firsthand.
The Drax Files has been a labor of love for Draxtor from the start, but there are real production costs associated with creating something of this quality. We want to ensure that the series continues, so today we’re very happy to announce that Linden Lab is now sponsoring The Drax Files: World Makers!
This sponsorship has no impact on Draxtor’s editorial independence; we’re not taking control or trying to dictate what stories are told or how they’re presented in the series, nor does our agreement have any impact on his other work (his podcast, for example). What our sponsorship does mean is that Draxtor will be able to continue to produce new episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers series each month, which we can all enjoy and which Linden Lab can use in support of our Second Life marketing efforts.
Also starting today, a newly refreshed SecondLife.com homepage will feature a brand new trailer from the series as an introduction to just some of the people that make Second Life and its community so interesting. Check it out below, and be sure to share it!
The best summer is eternal in Second Life - so even if it’s raining or snowing where you are - the water and weather is perfect in Second Life! Not only does this June mark the 11th birthday of Second Life, it’s also a great time to explore some virtual places with the ease of teleporting and the best travel rates you can find.
There’s plenty of great spots to investigate in the Second Life Destination Guide, but here’s a few to get you started.
Does a lone radio tower packed with mystery pique your interest? Dip beneath the waves for an exciting underwater hunt or traverse a dense jungle for the perfect photograph. Visit a recreation of the historic Titanic or Zen Buddhist temple, and maybe take in some live music at a towering amphitheater. Sounds like you’ve got a lot of fantastic plans this weekend! Your travel itinerary is below. Don’t forget to send us your snapshots.
Discover something else amazing on your adventures? Share it with us here.
Back in March, we blogged about a British documentary company that was looking for couples who first met in online communities, like Second Life, for a TV piece with a working title of “Happily Ever Avatar.”
The production company says that in response to our first blog post, they found some great stories to tell, but they’re still interested in a few more from Second Life users. Here’s their updated casting call with more information on the angle they’re pursuing and what they’re looking for:
British documentary company Back2back are currently making a documentary for Sky Living about relationships that start in online communities such as Second Life, with a working title of “Happily Ever Avatar”. The programme is a completely positive documentation of these relationships, where we look at relationships that have blossomed through online gaming, with players falling in love through their avatars and going on to have meaningful, committed relationships in the real world. It will look at unconventional relationships in a counterintuitive way, overturning many of our prejudices and misconceptions with honest storytelling. It will challenge us to realise that committed, successful relationships can embrace the unusual.
It’s set to be a heart-warming series celebrating dating and relationships in the 21st Century. The theme is very much about 'love conquering all', and showing the incredible lengths couples that meet online go to in order to become a real life couple. I am currently seeking couples of all sexualities and backgrounds to take part in the programme. These can be new or established relationships – even those where the partners haven’t met. The only prerequisite is that one person in the relationship must be based in the UK.
If you’d be interested in taking part, or would like to find out more, email toni.tyldesley [at] back2back.tv. All emails will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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