Where do we go next?

Want to know how the wider virtual worlds landscape is developing? I urge you to read this article published yesterday in Re/Code, to get an overview of the key players shaping the metaverse today: Linden Lab, High Fidelity, and AltspaceVR. The article also addresses Facebook, and of course Oculus VR, and includes excerpts from interviews with Palmer Luckey, Ebbe […]

10 Reasons why Sansar would be a good name for the successor to Second Life

Most of us have heard of Linden Lab’s Project Sansar, the confirmed codename for the next generation virtual world they will begin alpha testing later this year. Some have shown their disapproval for the name, even as a temporary working title. I see it differently. A code name for a project is temporary by nature – so it […]

Milestones in Second Life

Most people come into Second Life in one of two ways. One way that’s familiar to most of us might be termed dissociative. We might first consider Second Life as something to try as a diversion. When we enter, we look for what immediate needs it can fulfil. We tend not to see our avatar as ourselves – but as nothing more than a […]

What if our avatars aged (and died!) in Second Life?

How morbid… we don’t like to talk about it, but (spoiler alert) we’re all gonna die, and on the journey, we’re going to look older than today, with every step we take towards our inevitable end. The fact that ageing and death isn’t optional, doesn’t make many of us fear it any less. Hands down, ageing […]

What if… in Second Life

When we both lived at home, I’d sometimes sneak into my brother’s room, and specifically his comic book collection, to sample the treasures he hoarded there. He was a fastidious collector, keeping every precious comic book in a mylar bag with alkali-buffered backing boards, placed in vertically stacked, acid-free boxes, archived by title and date. One of my favourite titles […]

Where I met my friends in Second Life

The other night a friend asked me “What are the best places in Second Life to meet new people?” After tossing some ideas back and forth, I realised that I didn’t really know the answer. Puzzled as to why, I decided to do a little research. My hypothesis My gut response was, come and sit with me and meet […]

The importance of virtual worlds in an uncertain future

The most credible scenario for humankind might be one of the most important reasons we need swallow the red pill and get serious about virtual worlds now. This is an essay about how virtual worlds like Second Life and High Fidelity might be a place of refuge if human civilisation ceases to progress along the expectations of the […]