The blogosphere was in a bit of a tizzy Wednesday over problems plaguing the virtual world Second Life. The question is: Are the problems people are worked up about new, or ongoing? And does it really matter?
The main issue raised in the original blog entry on Gamer.Blorge.com was that Second Life is experiencing six hours of downtime. To hear other blogs, like TechCrunch, position it, this is kind of a noteworthy occurrence.
The truth is that Second Life is frequently down on Wednesdays, because that's when its publisher, Linden Lab, releases updates to its client software. … Read more
The so-called Virtual World Awards will celebrate the best achievements in visual artistry, technology, commerce and culture, the two said in a press release.
The idea is to produce the awards ceremonies in the respective virtual worlds. Submissions are being taken from now until November 15. Nominees for the awards will be announced next February, and the awards will be announced sometime after that.
An employee of Second Life publisher Linden Lab has apparently backed off demands that a blogger was told she'd be banned from SL if she didn't remove from her site chatlogs copied from conversations in the virtual world.
That's what Second Life Herald blogger Prokofy Neva told me late Monday night after Neva earlier that evening had posted an entry on the Herald claiming that Linden Lab had made the demand of Second Life blogger Honey Wendt (warning: this links to a blog entry containing nonexplicit banter that suggests sexual behavior involving people claiming to be minors). … Read more
Today, Yahoo launched two new sites to get people motivated to be environmentally responsible. The sites complement Yahoo's previous green offering 18seconds.org, which tracks fluorescent light bulb usage in the continental United States. The sites are information tools, and part of a contest to help the greenest city in the U.S. get greener.
The first of the new sites is Yahoo Green, which helps people create their own plans to go green, using a drag-and-drop building tool. Yahoo provides lifestyle actions in four categories, which range from air drying your clothes all the way up to buying … Read more
In a blog entry, Second Life publisher Linden Lab has acknowledged it was contacted by a German TV station that said it had discovered images in the virtual world showing a child avatar engaged in "depicted sexual conduct" with an adult avatar.
Linden lab said it quickly began an investigation and banned the two people behind the avatars, as well as removed the images.
The television station said it had turned the images over to German authorities, but Linden Lab explained that it had not been able to get in contact with law enforcement there.
The practice of … Read more
If you've followed media reports about virtual worlds, this site among them, you might think the only one that exists is Second Life. But, of course, there are many others.
Now, Mario Gerosa, an Italian journalist, is planning to show the world just that.
He is planning to put on, next month, the first "world's fair" of virtual worlds.
The event will take place in Second Life and will give other titles, such as World of Warcraft, Entropia Universe and others, an opportunity to present themselves.
"A dragon will be in the World of Warcraft … Read more
Please join CNET News.com reporter Daniel Terdiman as he interviews Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
The interview will take place at the CNET Second Life bureau (free Second Life account required) on Thursday, May 10 at 1 p.m. PDT.
The conversation will cover a wide range of topics, including Wales' for-profit venture, Wikia, the future of Wikipedia, competition for Wikipedia and the free encyclopedia's assault on Google. Come take part and ask Jimmy a question.
Amid a healthy dose of skepticism, Second Life publisher Linden Lab held a town hall meeting Thursday to address some of the concerns raised last week in an open letter complaining about many of the most severe performance issues suffered by users of the popular virtual world.
Among the issues raised in the letter were regular issues with grid stability, inventory loss and build tool problems.
During the town hall meeting, which took place in Second Life, Linden Lab CTO Cory Ondrejka answered questions for more than an hour. Many were unrelated to the specific issues raised in the letter, … Read more
This just in from CNET News.com's intrepid Second Life correspondent Daniel Terdiman: Village repeatedly destroyed by tidal wave! Actually, it's the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s virtual demonstration of global weather phenomena. You can watch a village get devastated by a tsunami, fly into the eye of a hurricane and get submerged by a melting glacier--all without getting your shoes wet.
For more images from NOAA's instructive tour of natural disasters, click on the image at left.