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11.07.2014 - For a technical update on specific performance metrics since the launch of our performance improvements, please check out this blog in Tools and Technology.

 

Has Second Life seemed a bit faster for you lately? Improving performance for all Second Life users has been an important focus for us at Linden Lab, and we’ve recently seen some great results from several projects that should make your Second Life experiences faster, smoother, and more reliable.

 

Speeding Up the Marketplace
If you visit the Marketplace today, you should be seeing a much snappier experience than in the past. We recently deployed infrastructure upgrades for the Marketplace, and the site has since shown some of the best performance we’ve ever seen from it. Even during peak usage periods over the weekend, when in the past performance would degrade, we’re seeing response times that average 70% faster and page load times that are 30% faster than before the changes.

 

Improving Group Chat
Last week, we also deployed new group chat server configurations. Our internal metrics are showing dramatic improvements in group chat performance, and we hope that you’re seeing that in your own experience as well. We are still seeing some cases in which performance for some groups degrades for shorter periods of time than before, and we are continuing to investigate and make changes; the project isn't finished, but we've made a lot of progress.

 

Faster Texture & Mesh Loading
The entire grid is now using a CDN service for textures and meshes. This change means that textures and meshes should load more quickly, particularly for those who login to Second Life from places that are far from our US data centers. Our testing showed dramatic improvements: average download times for textures and meshes have been reduced by more than 50% on average, and the improvement is even more dramatic outside of North America.

 

Quicker Viewer-Server Communications
Another way we’re enhancing Second Life performance is through our HTTP project, which improves the way your Viewer communicates with grid services. With the HTTP Project Viewer out now, the faster content download times you’ll see thanks to the CDN change get even better - we’re talking 80% faster!

As you look for these improvements, please bear in mind this important note from Oz Linden:

The CDN (and HTTP in those viewers that have them) improvements for texture and mesh data are improvements to how long it takes to download the data. Once they've been downloaded, your viewer caches them locally so the next time you need that data it doesn't need to download them at all. What that means is that these improvements mostly affect how quickly you see new things: places and objects you've never seen before. You probably won't see a big difference in familiar places because your viewer should be using cached data for those.


So... now's the time to try checking out places you've never seen before!


The use of pipelined HTTP for the initial load of your inventory when you log in matters every time, since while we cache some inventory data locally we always make sure it's correct by loading it all at the beginning of your session. 

So, How’s Second Life Performing for You?

Performance improvements are generally behind-the-scenes work, and we know it’s not always as exciting as rolling out a new feature, but these changes directly impact all our Second Life experiences and our daily lives inworld. We hope you’re starting to notice the effects of these improvements - if you are, please let us know in the Forums, on Twitter, or however you prefer.

Don't forget to grab the latest Official Viewer to experience the improvements. 

 

Linden Lab

This Sunday, October 26th, at 9 AM PST you can be a part of Second Life history by attending the 1st Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Second Life.

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Make strides to promote awareness, support caregivers and survivors, and honor those who have passed.

The event takes place at the Making Strides Walk location here.

Lace up your most comfortable virtual shoes and show your support by showing up.

For specifics about the event, how it works and who it benefits, you can visit the official Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life blog.

 

Linden Lab

This time of the year ( and well, all year, really!), residents take pride in pushing dressing up to a whole new level - but as the rollicking extravaganza that is Halloween tears through, leaving ghosts and candy in its wake, the spirit of costuming is off the charts! So embrace the fun, Second Life-style, and partake in some fiendishly fun outfits before exploring yet more of Second Life’s most frightful and delightful offerings!

Go on a journey into the mouth of madness at the Haunted Halloween Tour - a treat from the mad scientists at the Linden Lab for everyone. If you survive that ride, wander an outdoor haunting with scenes guaranteed to chill even the bravest of viewers, or find the perfect makeup and costumes at some seasonally festive shopping events. After all that, you may want to take a moment to reacquaint yourself with the earthly realms and visit a charity festival in support of breast cancer research.

Don’t forget to share those ghoulish discoveries on the official Second Life Flickr Page and enter them to the 2014 Second Life Fab-OO-lous Snapshot Contest for a chance to win some L$s.

Do you prefer your Halloweens dark and gritty or bright and candy-filled? Let us know and show us your Halloween spirit!

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Haunted Halloween Tour

What will you do this Halloween? Help children with a sugar fix? Buy overpriced masks from big-box stores? Do something different, something frightening and fun. Linden Lab is proud to present the Haunted Halloween Tour. Strap in and prepare to experience haunts, ghouls, death, scares, and a descent through madness itself. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart!

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Damned Divine Haunted House

Come visit the Damned Divine sim-wide haunted house experience! Will you survive the many and varied intricately-terrifying horror zones?

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The Cosmetics Fair Halloween Edition

Running from through October 31st, the Cosmetics Fair Halloween Edition is a great place for all your makeup, henna, freckles, blushes... Know what? Come here for all of it.

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Bloody Horror Fair

Running from October 15th through November 5th, the Bloody Horror Fair is a place of dark deals and delightfully grim fashion. Come see a host of vendors offering everything your dark heart desires in this darkly atmospheric locale.

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Cure Con Festival 2014

Cure Con is a nerdy/geeky/gamer-themed event with a heavy focus on pink, breast cancer awareness, costuming and cosplay. Come see amazing items from some of Second Life's nerdiest designers! For more information, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/1w43EJA.

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Linden Lab

Limited Time Only! 50% off Premium Membership & Premium Perks
For a limited time, you can get a Premium Second Life Membership for 50 percent off*! Upgrade now at half-off and enjoy premium perks, including brand new premium gifts.

Perks for Premium subscribers include a a L$1000 sign-up bonus, exclusive access to Premium Sandboxes (special areas inworld where you can build objects, rez purchased items and meet other creative users), a weekly L$ stipend to spend on whatever you like, your own home, and special free gifts.

Limited Edition Premium Gifts
Just in time for Halloween, we have some new gifts for Premium subscribers - the bag of treats includes jack o'lanterns, witches’ brooms and more - including a bone-shaking skeleton avatar to haunt your favorite spooky spots in. Go Premium, then pick up your gifts at the inworld Gift Kiosks.

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Haunted Halloween Tour for Everyone - Oculus Rift or Regular Experiences Available
There’s also a special treat for everyone! Come visit the Haunted Halloween Tour and ride through a terrifying gauntlet of thrills and chills! For those who dare, step through the Halloween path from the Portal Park. If you have an Oculus Rift, you can check out the tour’s VR option - just grab the latest Project Viewer to get started.

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Second Life Fab-OO-lous Snapshot Contest

Last, but certainly not least - we know how much you love to dress up and show off your seasonal side this time of year - so why not join us on the forums for Second Life’s Fa-BOO-lous Snapshot Contest. Your frightful and delightful snapshots could win you L$10,000, L$5,000, L$3,000, or L$1,000!

Happy Halloween!

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*TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR 50% DISCOUNT
This limited-time discount offer is available only for memberships on the Quarterly billing plan. Discount will be applied to the first quarterly billing cycle only, and all future charges will be at the regular Premium price; price will return to USD 22.50, excluding VAT where applicable. To qualify, Second Life members must have an active Basic account or create a new Second Life account. Discount offer begins on Wednesday the 15th of October at 08:00 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and expires on Monday the 3rd of November 2014 at 08:00 am Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Linden Lab
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

Linden Lab
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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Linden Lab
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!

 
 
Linden Lab
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.
 
Linden Lab
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
(in Spanish) and register at their website. Start Day: Sep 29thYou 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
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.
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Linden Lab
“A Clockwork Spiral” by Sonya Rothmanay
If you love steampunk be sure to stop by A Clockwork Spiral - a shopping event that benefits the National Kidney Foundation and happens to be set on a dark Victorian setting complete with gears, planes, and all things steampunk. Designers have set out themed items marked with either 50% or 100% so you know how much of your purchase will be donated to the organization.
Take in the sights and sounds and delve into an atmosphere of a world filled with steam-powered machinery and mechanical majesty.  A few have already shared their clockwork adventures on our Official Flickr page - why not share yours?
The event only lasts until October 1st, so plan to visit before it’s gone!

“Steampowered Broomsticks” by Gia Nikai Juliesse
 
 
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Second Life is home to all sorts of wild and fun entertainment. Role-playing, zombie survival, night clubs, and more are all waiting just the other side of the login screen. The Second Life Destination Guide is always happy to show you some of the best places to spend your virtual time, and this time, it’s all about dancing your worries away at some of Second Life’s music clubs.
The look and mood of a club can be as distinct as an artist’s sound - and there are plenty of places to get your musical kicks inworld. There’s an intimate blues experience, loud tunes in the great wide open, an island retro amphitheater, and a gothic underground cathedral. To top it off, in this installment of the Destination Guide Highlights, we have clubs built in a futuristic glass pyramid, a chic chrome island, and a good ol’ fashion main street nightclub.
Go on and get dancing, then show off those moves on the Official Second Life Flickr Page. If none of these places whet your obscure musical tastes,  and you know some you think we should check out, be sure to share it for consideration in the Destination Guide.
Let’s dance!
Toby's Juke Joint Blues Club
Toby’s Juke Joint, one of the oldest clubs in SL, offers a wide range of musical styles for all blues lovers. Modeled after an authentic bayou juke joint, the warm, friendly environment is a great place to dance, chat and meet friends old and new. The great mix of knowledgeable DJ's and live shows keep the blues alive 24-hours a day.
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Alabama Jack's
Alabama Jack's is a place for all to meet old friends and make new ones. They've got dancing, DJ's, live performers and scenic views of Key Largo. Their lobster is the best on the grid, and their large assortment of beers leave little to be desired. Everyone is welcome in this friendly atmosphere, open 24/7.
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Club 108 Main Street
This plush city venue redefines entertainment within the SecondLife club scene. Status and prestige await those that cross the velvet rope at Club 108 Main Street. A glamorous escape from traditional nightlife, Club 108 features large platforms for dancing, trendy décor and world class DJ's bringing pulse-pounding sounds. Come see the most dynamic nightlife destination around.
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Club End of Days
Enter the world of the dark angels, if you dare! Hidden in a dark corner of cyberspace is a secret club where vampires and other nocturnal creatures party the nights away. Join live DJ's as they play various music from old-school goth to the latest cyber goth genres. Welcome to Club End of Days.
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GOL the 9th
Famed across the grid as the top club for house music, the GOL series of clubs launches its most stylish venue so far. GOL the 9th is the place to go for cool clubbing and hot sounds. GOL is brought to you by the best DJ’s from across the world, so dress to impress and get ready to experience the most realistic club anywhere
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Dance Island
Find live DJ performances and non-stop action at Dance Island.
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Club Retro
Come hang out with the cool people at Club Retro, where live deejays play classic rock, hard rock, metal, punk and much more.
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Linden Lab
Stand Up 2 Cancer is a non-profit organization established to raise funds for cancer research and to help fund groundbreaking new treatment development. Inara Pey has written a very informative blog post about the organization and the event.
While the entertainment industry plans to help raise awareness and funds by hosting a prime time event, Second Life musicians, venues, and artists are planning an inworld festival of music and fundraising in support of Stand Up 2 Cancer.
SL Music Race for a Cure (an official Stand Up 2 Cancer fundraising team) kicks off today, and a full list of venues, performers and information is available at The Shore.
Enjoy some live music and dancing, and contribute to a great cause.
 
 
 
Linden Lab
What are your plans now that summer is winding down? Taking in the pumpkin spiced smell of everything as Fall beckons? Why not spend some time enjoying all the seasons that Second Life has to offer? Without further ado, come see some of the exciting new locations in the Second Life Destination Guide!
Start by purifying yourself at a soothing cathedral, before diving into a dark and gloomy haunted carnival. Peruse a sunny auto show or make a splash at an enormous waterslide. If you meet anyone along the way, or just want to relax after all the sightseeing, drop in at an exclusively romantic ballroom. Whatever you do and create, be sure to share it with the rest of the grid, on the Destination Guide or the Official Second Life Flickr Page
Lorena Monastery
Lorena Monastery is a a monastery and church for those who seek a moment of peace and silence in a crazy life. Though built as a Catholic monastery, people from any religion seeking contemplation are welcome here. Light a candle at the Mary shrine.
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Halloween Drop It
When you hear the banshee's cry, a person, high-bone, will die. A murder, quite often, is what fills the coffin. Then under the turf the bones will lie.
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Hot Bay City Nights
Now in its third year, Hot Bay City Nights has hot roads and cool cars. Come see established vintage automobile designers in the Bay City Fairgrounds from August 23-30 as they present the best in vintage and retro vehicles for all avatars. Additional events provide plenty for all to do, including the crowning of 2014’s Miss Bay City and a number of charity car washes. The event will raise funds for Child’s Play, a charity that provides toys and games for children in hospitals around the world.
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Marathon Caye Lookout Point & Waterslide
Welcome to the highest point at Marathon Caye. From here you can take in the breathtaking vistas or plunge down the 90-meter-tall custom-made water slide. Experience something truly unique and fun at Marathon Caye!
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Oceana Romantic Ballroom
Come relax and dance your cares away in Oceana Romantic Ballroom. Oceana is a perfect getaway for lovers, with its formal ballroom and romantic spots. They've even got a mall to help you find that perfect gift.
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Linden Lab
For those who were unable to attend the live performance of DanCoyote Antonelli’s Avant Garden in San Francisco last week, there’s a chance to catch the live inworld performance, but it’s limited!
Please join DC Spensley (DanCoyote) and the ZEROG SkyDancer at one of only two performances of the show in Second Life.
If you’re interested in attending, contact Dancoyote Antonelli inworld to request an invitation.

Linden Lab
Today, we're happy to announce that Fitted Mesh is available in the main Second Life Viewer! As we've previously blogged, Fitted Mesh gives Second Life content creators the power to craft mesh garments that make avatars look their absolute best. We’d like to thank the vibrant community of creators for their thoughtful feedback and help testing this feature.
For more information, check out the below, then update your Viewer to the latest release and get creative with Fitted Mesh! 
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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.
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Linden Lab
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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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 , or below.
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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 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
Linden Lab
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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Linden Lab
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.
Visit in Second Life 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.
Visit in Second Life 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.
Visit in Second Life 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!
Visit in Second Life 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!
Visit in Second Life 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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Linden Lab
We're saddened to share the news that former Linden Lab executive Joe Miller recently passed away. Joe was our VP of Platform and Technology Development from 2006 to 2010, and long-time Second Life Residents may fondly remember encountering his avatar, Joe Linden, as a friendly robot inworld.

Joe Miller (via LinkedIn) and his Second Life avatar, Joe Linden (via Gianna Borgnine’s Flickr)
Joe's work in his time at Linden Lab helped to dramatically improve Second Life and contributed to making the virtual world what it is today. Among his many contributions, Joe played a major role in the introduction of 3D voice to Second Life in 2007 - an incredibly powerful advancement that revolutionized how we can communicate inworld.
Those of us who had the good fortune to work with Joe during his time at Linden Lab remember his wonderful combination of fierce intelligence, tremendous warmth, and great caring for his fellow Lindens, for Second Life, and for its Residents.
We will miss him, and our thoughts and condolences are with Joe's family and friends in this time of great loss.
 
 
 
 
 
Linden Lab
As we roll into the weekend, you might be looking for something new to explore in Second Life. Where else would you find a variety of selections to suit your tastes but the Second Life Destination Guide and the latest installment of Highlights.
This time around, choose to dive through a day-glo mind-bender of an art installation, get chilled and thrilled in a wildly dark biker carnival, or take in some tunes at a cancer charity event. There’s time to cover them all if you’re up for it.
As many people may know, the Arcade is back with tons of new gacha goodies to collect, trade, and enjoy. This time around they’ve provided off-region shopping to accommodate more gacha enthusiasts - so your chances of getting in earlier are much better than past Arcade events.
Whatever you decide, why not show it off on the Official Second Life Flickr Page? Or join the fun and create something new? There’s no lack of fun finds in Second Life, but we hope you enjoy this small sample of some of the best things going on inworld right now.

The Arcade Gacha Events
The Arcade Gacha Events presents the ultimate GACHA experience! Guaranteed to delight shoppers, The Arcade offers unique gacha prizes from 100 of the grid's top designers! Proudly sponsored by Apple Fall, Boogers, Pure Poison, and Style Kingdom.
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My Space
My Space can be your space, come and enjoy flying and falling through bright colors. My Space is an interactive place where you can experience Betty Tureaud's way of space, complete with music composed by Ultraviolet Alter.
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RatPack MC Carnival Bash
Come on by the RatPack MC 4th Anniversary Carnival Bash September 3rd through the 10th. They've got events, bands, rides, hunts and more in a darkly fun carnival setting. Come win over L$100,000 worth of cash prizes and gifts!
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Stand Up 2 Cancer 2014
Stand Up 2 Cancer is a non-profit organisation established to raise funds to accelerate the pace of cancer research to get new cancer therapies to patients quickly. Come see performances from top recording artists and celebrities and listen to stories illustrating the remarkable progress SU2C has made in cancer research. 100% of donations go directly into supporting SU2C’s collaborative research programs.Stand up 2 Cancer runs September 5th through the 7th, don't miss it!
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Kelini Haute Couture
Kelini Haute Couture offers a selection of exclusive mesh design haute couture and accessories at affordable prices. All their items are the highest quality mesh, so if fashion is your passion, this is the store for you!
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Linden Lab
“Second Life is the perfect place for amputees to overcome emotional trauma by sharing stories and realizing they are not alone!” says Sandra L. Winkler, assistant professor at NOVA University in Florida, teaching occupational therapy.
Sandra and her Virtual Health Adventures project are the subject of the latest episode of
. She’s studying the use of Second Life both as a tool to help amputees and as a way for occupational therapy students (and anyone, really) to experience a body image with a prosthetic and empathize more closely with amputees.While the study is still in an early state, Sandra believes results show that virtual worlds offer a valuable platform to help facilitate a peer-network and offer emotional support to friends and families who are dealing with physical and emotional transitions.
This study is just one example of how Second Life and virtual worlds can create a mutually positive exchange between people who may otherwise be unable to meet.
Watch the video
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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 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
 
 
Linden Lab
Last month, we announced a change to our policy on skill games in Second Life. The new Skill Gaming Policy establishes that skill games offering Linden Dollar payouts will be allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it is operated must be approved by Linden Lab. You can read more about the details of the policy in the FAQs.
From the many applicants, we have since approved a number of Operators, Creators, and Skill Games, and the first Skill Gaming Regions will soon be appearing inworld (and in the Destination Guide). You can find the current list of approved participants, games, and regions on the wiki. We will continue to accept applications for Operators and Creators and will update the wiki as the list of approved participants and games grows. If you would like to apply, you can do so here.
Remember: if you are not an approved* Creator or Operator, you must cease the creation, distribution, and operation of skill games (as defined in the Skill Gaming Policy) by September 1, 2014. So if you haven’t already removed any unapproved skill games from your Marketplace shop, for example, or haven’t yet ceased operating them inworld, now is the time to do so. From that date forward, operating and/or creating skill games with L$ payouts, among other criteria as specified in the Skill Gaming Policy, without Linden Lab approval (and/or outside of Skill Gaming Regions) will be subject to enforcement measures.
If you live in a jurisdiction where skill gaming is permitted and you plan on playing these games in Skill Gaming Regions in Second Life, you should not need to do anything differently. However, adding payment information on file now is a good way to help ensure you’re able to play as soon as Skill Gaming Regions are live.
*As noted in the FAQ, creators and operators whose applications are under review at the deadline may continue to operate skill games while their applications are reviewed, provided that they have submitted all required documentation and continue to promptly respond to any inquiries from Linden Lab.
 
 
Linden Lab
It’s time for another installment of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights.
This week we have Edo era Japanese role-playing, a rough and rugged Western-themed shopping event, a scenic outdoor live music venue, a dystopian city ripe with dark corners to explore, an art installation, and a theatrical performance of Milton’s classic Paradise Lost.
Peruse the adventures we’ve pulled together this week, and share your experiences on the Official Second Life Flickr Page. If there are some other great places you stumble upon that you don’t see in the Destination Guide, drop us your suggestions here.
Have fun and get acquainted with these destinations.
The Koto Project
The Koto Project is an intricate Japanese roleplaying sim set in the Edo period. Visit this beautiful location for period roleplay, live shows, a gorgeous setting and more!
Visit in Second Life Wild West Fair
The Wild West Fair has tough, sweaty cowboys, sexy cowgirls in tight pants and smoking colts in the desert heat. They'll present new lines in denim, checkered, red, blue, brown and black new lines showing how sexy western can be. This story-themed fair is an exciting and great opportunity to present modern fashion in a classic style. The fair starts August 22nd at 11:00am, don't miss it!.
Visit in Second Life The Concert Garden
The Concert Garden is a weekly music venue hosting live musicians from all genres on Fridays at 4pm. Enjoy music while you dine and dance with friends in this wonderful destination.
Visit in Second Life Forbidden City
Forbidden City is a dystopian city that offers community living, the hangout Omo and a few stores. Forbidden City is home to an eclectic bunch of folks, where everyone is family. The brainchild of legendary Second Life builder Piraiyah Novikov, Forbidden City is modeled after the real world town of Kowloon in China.
Visit in Second Life The Sea of Cubic Dreams
The Sea of Cubic Dreams is Alegria Studio’s CG art installation in LEA25. Warp in, enjoy this eye-opening exhibit, rude cubes and prepare to expand your mind!
Visit in Second Life Paradise Lost
Set to the 14 movements of Mozart’s Requiem, the Basilique Performing Arts Co. performs its weekly production of Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” Join in this immersive theatre production and experience the mind blowing show show everybody's talking about. For tickets, be sure to visit http://bit.ly/mpbpac.
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