Is Facebook not stopping with virtual world acquisitions? After buying Oculus VR, Linden Lab, High Fidelity, will they add Kitely and others to a new company, separately run by Cory Ondrejka and John Carmack, and joining together any developer who is not already working for Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Apple, or Google?
It’s not just Tipodean that is doing a Web-based SL viewer. Linden Lab is also experimenting with the same technology. While they admitted that this was “just an experiment”, they are redefining the whole concept, and will launch a WebGL-based viewer later this year.
With the advent of age validation, mature content will be effectively banned from Second Life, and the utter Disneyfication of the grid will be thus complete.
They will not stop at “age”. You will be “voluntarily” asked to provide more and more of your RL data on your profile, including, but not limited to, age, skin colour, gender, ethnic group, address, phone number, and yearly income. Augmentationists will cheer to the policy changes, since it will
Pay close attention to what Philip is going to say during the Second Life Community Convention 2007 in Chicago, August 24-26. He will be revealing something extraordinary first-hand that will change the whole way we think about Second Life. Hint: it’s not the end of sex in Second Life. And
… rather, Nicholas Portocarrero is discussing with real world banks how to best come into Second Life. Expect a few more to start opening virtual offices in Second Life, but not as a “media splash campaign” but rather as a way to attract more customers by providing L$-based services in
Linden Lab is tired. They will let IBM run the mainland “very soon”. IBM will be the major supplier of sims for “community” and “business”; Linden Lab will focus on software and interoperability, as well as fixing and maintaining the “Open Second Life Protocol” through a “Metaverse Foundation”.
… will be introduced slowly in Second Life.
He’s missing in action. The last time this happened, he came back with 8 million US$ in his pocket. Will the same happen now again?
… while free accounts will get their in-world tools disabled, and get no free technical support.