Second Life is celebrating its eleventh birthday with a rollicking community-created bash. Check out the SL11B section of the Destination Guide to see all the wild places residents created, or take a look at a few highlights below.
This SL11B, wander through an intricate globe of a perfectly contained ecosystem, peek inside the mind of a photographer, embrace the dirt and grime of a neo-futuristic VR bar, take a quick trip to Italy, or set up your very own fantastical photographs. You can also wander through over 11 sims of birthday celebration wonder. There’s a mind-blowing amount of things to do at SL11B!
As always, Second Life wouldn’t be Second Life without your amazing creations. So join the fun and show us something awesome! If you have an event or creation you’d like to share, let us know.
There’s plenty to enjoy, so be sure to share your adventures on our Official Second Life Flickr Page and take advantage of the new SLShare to Twitter and Flickr available in the latest official viewer.
Back in April, we blogged to announce that Flickr and Twitter support had been added to SLShare - the feature that allows you to share posts and images from Second Life to other social networks, right from the Viewer. Previously, this update to SLShare was only available in a Project Viewer, but as of yesterday, it’s now available to everyone as part of the main Second Life Viewer.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even create your own photo filters; visit the wiki page on this for more information.
Once you’re comfortable with the new features - get creative! We can’t wait to see what you share.
Starting today, you’re invited to take part in the Second Life: Celebrating Your Second Life Snapshot Contest, in honor of 11th Birthday of Second Life.
Participation is easy - submit your celebratory snapshots from inworld to the contest page on our Official Second Life Facebook Page. Click the contest tab, review the contest information and rules and start sharing. This year you will be able to submit up to one snapshot a day for the duration of the contest. Full rules, submission and voting dates, and details are all on the Facebook page.
Browse the SL11B category on the destination guide to see what the community has planned to mark the event inworld.
Don’t forget that the Resident-driven Second Life 11th Birthday Community Celebration starts this coming Sunday the 22nd. Visit their website for the latest information.
You only turn 11 once, and we can’t wait to see what kind of celebrations and fun you create and share!
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.
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