Second Life News 2014-34 #2

Servers The main channel did not change this week. We will likely see it get an update next week (35). RC Servers The three RC channels did get an update. This is a package that has a crash mode fix in it. Maestro thinks he can discuss this fix AFTER it rolls to the main … Continue reading »

Coming Soon: You Won’t Be Able to Resist the Soft, Sleepy Charms of this Second Life Pup

Janine "Iris Ophelia" Hawkins' ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style No, this adorable gif I've posted is not taken from a viral video and no, it's not from some sort of beautiful HD version of Nintendogs. That precious...

Tony Parisi joins High Fidelity

On Thursday August 21st, Philip Rosedale announced that Tony Parisi has joined High Fidelity. Precisely what Mr. Parisi’s position at HiFi is, isn’t stated, but Mr. Rosedale does say: Tony has just joined us as an advisor, and is also working with us on some secret High Fidelity stuff that is coming soon. He’s a perfect person […]

First skill game operators and games listed, first skill game region arrives (for testing)

During the Server Beta meeting on Thursday August 21st, it was confirmed that the first region to be rated a Skill Gaming region had arrived on the main grid. The region – called “Crunchy”, isn’t actually open for gaming; it’s a test area currently being poked at by Gecko Linden. In addressing the arrival of […]

Celebrity Second Life User Drew Carey Tweets His Appreciation for One of Our Favorite Metaverse Designers

Janine "Iris Ophelia" Hawkins' ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style Drew Carey loves Second Life, and Second Life loves artist and designer Nylon Pinkney, so it's only natural that Drew Carey loves Nylon Pinkney too, right? Carey is...

Skill Gaming Ventures Start To Get Approval

On August 13th I blogged about the problems both Linden Lab and Skill Gaming applicants had experienced with the application process : Skill Gaming Applications Appear To Be A Skill Game In Their Own Right. In that post I highlighted the moving goalposts of the application process and how they were proving challenging to applicants.

Linden Lab had initially set a deadline of August 1st for this policy, that was later pushed back to September 1st. In my post I felt that September 1st was looking a little problematic, indeed I said :

I’m firmly in the camp that believes that this deadline will need to be pushed back again, but that in itself is no bad thing because we can see that this is a learning curve for Linden Lab and applicants. The important thing to do is to get this right.

Days passed and my opinion did not change, there were no signs on the public wiki of any approved games or operators. However it seems that I was wrong, something I’m not afraid to admit, because approved operators, regions and games have started to rear their heads, as we can see if we look at the public wiki page : Linden Lab Official:Second Life Skill Gaming Approved Participants.

Whereas there are a number of listed Skill Gaming Operators, I’m not sure they are all different people, here’s a current list :

  • MooTownGames SLSGO
  • SushantDiesel SLSGO
  • SushantYing SLSGO
  • SushantLecker SLSGO
  • EchoBlaylock SLSGO
  • PokaMachines SLSGO
  • PIGamesResident SLSGO

At this stage I’m not sure if all Skill Gaming operators will have SLSGO after their name or whether this is indicative of this only really being one applicant. The same applicant certainly appears to have more than one operator licence because the contact email addresses are the same in some cases, or extremely similar in others.

There are a number of listed regions associated with each operator, but again we see some regions listed next to more than one operator.

When it comes to approved games, there are a whole host of them, far too many for me to list. However they seem to include Chess and Solitaire as well as games such as No Devil.

There are still some concerns, nowhere can I see details of the price of the quarterly fee. This seems to be a glaring omission. The fee is waived through to December 31st 2014 but it still appears to be a glaring omission. The lack of a listed fee has left some to speculate that the fee may be variable or percentage based. I have no idea whether this will be the case or not.

Skill gaming is coming to Second Life, whether this will be good or bad only time will tell but the September 1st deadline now looks as if it will definitely be met. This will disappoint those who have not applied and now have to go through the painful process of shutting down their ventures but I do feel Linden Lab are doing the right thing here by regulating this market.

I would imagine we’ll see a little confusion initially but it should settle down after that. I’ll be interested to see if this attracts people to Second Life who have never been to Second Life before or whether some of the official online gaming ventures see Second Life as a place to peddle their wares.

Janine "Iris" Hawkins’ Top Ten MMOs for Paste Magazine

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SL projects Updates week 34/2 server, texture / Mesh CDN, group chat

Santaurio, Cala del Barronal (Flickr) – blog post Server Deployments week 34 – Recap There was no deployment on the Main (SLS) channel on Tuesday August 19th. All three RC channels received the same server maintenance project  on Wednesday August 20th, aimed at fixing a crash mode. There may be news on the crash mode […]

Send in your theme suggestions for 2015 RFL of SL

If you have any theme suggestions for 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life season, fill out this form and submit them. Apparently theme suggestions will be narrowed down and put to a vote this weekend. Hurry!

The 2015 theme announcement will be made at the 2014 RFL of SL Wrap Up party on Sunday 31st August 2014. Everyone is welcome to attend the annual event and be part of Relay For Life of Second Life history. :)

History of RFL themes

  • 2004 – No theme
  • 2005 – No theme
  • 2006 – No theme 
  • 2007 – Quest for a Cure
  • 2008 – Heroes
  • 2009 – One World, One Hope
  • 2010 – Wishing on a Cure
  • 2011 – Seasons of Hope
  • 2012 – Time For A Cure
  • 2013 – Celebrating 100 Years of Hope
  • 2014 – A Journey of Promise
  • 2015 – To be confirmed


Filed under: RFL SL, Second Life, Second Life Stats, SL Coming Soon, SL Community, SL Cool Stuff, SL Events Tagged: Relay for Life SL, Second Life, SL, SL Breaking News, SL Events, SL News

Avination grid fourth birthday details announced

Avination grid will be celebrating it;s fourth birthday from Friday 12th September until Sunday 14th September 2014. There will be live entertainment, live DJs and much more. Visit the AVN4B sims on the Map to see the amazing exhibits and enjoy with friends.

See the full event schedule and lineup below for AVN4B.

Friday 12th September

  • 10am – 12pm DJane Kirsten (Gothicbunker Aachen) – Warmup with Gothic and Hardrock
  • 12pm – 1pm Digital Deception – live
  • 1pm – 2pm Pingout Duffield – live country, rock and pop music
  • 2pm – 3pm Nance Brody – live

Saturday 13th September 

  • 8am – 10am Fashion show at AVN4B – new and unusual styles for modern people
  • 10am – 11am Babba Ballyhoo – live – unusual and unique, Cologne Folk Music
  • 11am – 12pm AriangelS – live
  • 12pm – 1pm DJane Florchen – live – charts, mixed and pop
  • 1pm – 2pm DJane Melanie – live – Progressive House, Trance
  • 2pm – 3pm Torben Asp – live – unique fusion of electronic music and lights…

Sunday 14th September

  • 11am – 1pm DJane Kirsten – live – charts
  • 1pm – 2pm Dubliners – live show
  • 2pm – open end DJ Menny Italian – music mix

Grid Stats as of 22nd August 2014

  • Total users: 71, 889
  • Unique last 30 days: 2, 135
  • Total regions: 665
  • Online users: 50


Filed under: Avination, LEA, OpenSim, OpenSim Grids, Second Life Stats, SL Announcements, SL Breaking News, SL Coming Soon, SL Cool Stuff, SL Events, SL News Alert, SL Summary Tagged: Avination, Open Simulator, OpenSim, Second Life, SL Breaking News, SL Events, SL News

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