New Virtual World: Community Garden

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An example apartment in Community Garden

I just heard about this new virtual world this morning, called Community Garden. It’s built on top of the SpatialOS game engine. Here’s a YouTube video giving you a first look:

Unlike virtual worlds like High Fidelity, Sansar, and Sinespace, Community Garden is one large contiguous world, without sharding or fragmenting. The developer, Pixelshot Games, says:

For those who have been supporting what Community Garden is trying to do, I thank you. This game is the product of many years of hard work by a single developer attempting to push the boundaries of what’s possible virtual reality with [a] platform not built for VR. My goals for Community Garden are grand; create a world much like the OASIS from Ready Player One where players can be a part of something big. SpatialOS takes a lot of the backend server work out of the equation, but there is still a lot of work required to realize this dream.

This virtual world is not free; you have to pay US$19.99 to join it as an Early Access game on Steam. I’m curious to see what it has to offer, so I might just sign up and try it out!


Sansar Pick of the Day: The Farm

Small and simple can be beautiful. There’s no better example than The Farm, a Sansar experience created by Warm Winter Arts. It’s probably the smallest experience you can visit in Sansar, but it’s beautifully and painstakingly done. Just a dirt road in the middle of a rock-strewn farmer’s field, all overgrown with grass.

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There’s a computer set up at the side of the road on an old beaten wooden table, connected to a battery and a solar panel, with a cheeky sign saying, “Free WiFi $20/hr.” Somebody left their teddy bear, too!

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Vanity Fair is wearing a piece of clothing I made last month for my brand, Ryan Schultz Virtual Fashion: the Summer Flower Dress. It’s available in the Store for only S$5!

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Sinespace Launches Virtual Reality Beta

Sinespace has launched their virtual reality beta. As I wrote about earlier, the last time I tried out their VR client using my Oculus Rift, it was still too buggy for me. But maybe you’ll have better luck. If you do, please let me know.

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You can download their OpenVR viewer for Windows here.


Atlas Hopping, Episode 30!

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It’s hard to believe that we are at the 30 episode mark already with Atlas Hopping! (Unfortunately, Strawberry Singh could not join us today.)

Today we visited six science fiction themed Sansar experiences:

We wrapped up by joining the crowd over at Alfy’s Arena Live Music Stage, where singer/guitarist Stratus Mactavish is performing.


HoverDerby: The Fastest Game in Sansar!

According to this promotional video by Drax, HoverDerby tournaments will take place every Sunday at 11am Pacific time/Sansar time at HoverDerby. For more information, see their website. See you there!


Elysium VR: Another Cryptocurrency-Based Virtual World

Early this morning I heard about yet another cryptocurrency-based social VR space/virtual world. This one is called Elysium VR, and the emphasis appears to be on roleplaying:

We are RAV3 team, we are working on Project Elysium. Elysium is a multiplayer Roleplaying game designed for virtual reality. The player falls into a sandbox world (Saint-Graice islands), in which he or she will live, work and have fun. The everyday life is detailed, starting from the need for water and food, finishing with decoration of their apartment / house. You just have to comfortably settle in this world and go in search of adventure with your friends. Each player can have different jobs, ranging from a dangerous bandit from the hood, ending with the president of the island state of Saint-Graice islands. You are guaranteed to experience maximum immersion in the gameplay! After all, all this will happen in VR ( and PC )!

Here’s a YouTube promotional video for the project:

The graElysium Avatars 16 Mar 2018phics remind me of the VR game Job Simulator. There’s a rather disturbing reliance upon handguns and other weaponry in the promotional video, and the avatars look pretty blocky and unappealing, according to this picture taken from their website (left). We’re obviously not aiming for realism here!

And it looks like they are going to have a smartphone app (below), allowing you to “be able to control all important game processes even if you are not in game!”:

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Their cryptocurrency is called MINERAL:

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It would appear that they are currently in the fund-raising part of this venture. They are asking for donations from interested users:

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So, if you’re interested in becoming among the first to set foot in Elysium, you can shell out US$10 or more to get a game license.

Like the three other blockchain-based virtual worlds I’ve blogged about previously—Decentraland, Mark Space, and VIBEHub—I’ll be watching from the sidelines. I refuse to invest in any of these new virtual-world-based cryptocurrencies because I am skeptical of the current massive hype around anything with the word “blockchain” attached, and I don’t have faith that I’m not going to lose my money when these novice virtual worlds shut their doors, as some of them surely will. The marketplace is getting overcrowded and frankly, many of these startups are not going to survive.

I buy Linden dollars and Sansar dollars and other virtual world currencies when I have confidence that the virtual worlds where I can use my currency are going to be around for the long term. High Fidelity and its HFC coin beta test is an evolving situation which I am continuing to monitor, but I haven’t yet actually purchased any HFC. All the HFC I currently own was donated to me by HiFi.

And so I’m not touching any blockchain-based virtual world currency with a ten-foot pole until I see evidence of a truly three-dimensional virtual world which I can actually visit! Decentraland, VIBEHub and Elysium VR do not yet meet that requirement, and Mark Space is NOT a three-dimensional virtual space at all!


Sansar Pick of the Day: STONE(D)

Today’s Pick of the Day is a Sansar experience which I first learned about when Torley did a Twitch livestream from it: STONE(D), by theoxyz. Obviously a play on words, the title underscores the many “captured” rocks you see in this artistic experience.

You arrive in the middle of a circle made by an intimidatingly large rotating pendulum (don’t worry, it won’t hit you!):

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There are a number of intriguing art installations, all set against an inky black sky and the light of a full moon. There’s a haunting, moody, brooding soundtrack.

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Be sure to wander around and see all the installations! They’re all very well done and capture an overall feeling of alienation and isolation.

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