Forbes Covers HoverDerby in Sansar


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Screen capture of the Forbes article by Charlie Fink


Charlie Fink has written a very detailed and complimentary Forbes article in their Tech section about Sansar.

Titled VR Action Sport Hoverderby Opens In Sansar, Charlie gives a good overview of all that Sansar currently has to offer, touching on many of the experiences I have already covered in this blog, such as C3rb3rus’ Eternity and 2077, and the Hollywood Art Museum exhibits of the Lost Art of Star Wars and the Art of Drew Struzan.

But the main focus of the article is the HoverDerby experience that Galen, Jasmine and Drax have been building and promoting over the past several weeks. Charlie writes:

When [Linden Lab CEO Ebbe] Altberg showed me the new user-generated multiplayer game, Hoverderby, I realized immediately this is what I had been looking for in Sansar all along: a place where people would gather and collaborate or simply watch in a group. As I have said repeatedly in this column: People are the killer app.

One of the reasons AltSpaceVR struggles and Rec Room is succeeding is because in VR you need to know who you are, where you are, and what you are supposed to be doing. HoverDerby addresses that. It might or might not work for all sorts of reasons, scale being one, but it’s the right idea.

The article also addresses the continuing need for interactivity in Sansar, which needs more than just beautiful experiences to visit:

Draxtor sums up the challenge Linden Lab faces. “The passive consumption of beautiful worlds will always be secondary to social engagement.” Altberg agrees, “Sansar, like Second Life, is at its best when it’s social.” Drax says there is more social action cooking. “We have some more social games coming.  Circling around 114 Harvest starting in late May we are giving away houses to rent and will do daily community hangouts with board games and scavenger hunts and book clubs.” Personally, I’d love to see more action sports like Hoverderby.

I want to rent one of the houses on Harvest Street! Please get me on that list, Drax!

And I was surprised to find I was also mentioned in Charlie Fink’s article, taking a direct quote from this blogpost in which I briefly describe the rules of HoverDerby. Thanks, Charlie! It will be interesting to see if I get any resulting uptick in traffic to the blog. (I also recently received a complimentary shout-out from Strawberry Singh, thank you so much Strawberry!)

All in all, this is quite the positive public relations coup for Linden Lab. Congratulations to Ebbe and his team!


Sansar Top 5: A Hunt for Four Keys Hidden in Sansar

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Image: Sam’s Mountain Cabin

The plot of the novel/movie Ready Player One revolves around finding three special keys. Sam and Boden have decided to do something similar for a special contest in this week’s episode of Sansar Top 5. Here are the details:

For this week’s very special Sansar Top 5, we’re doing a Ready Player One-inspired hunt:

“Four hidden keys open four secret gates. This happens now, so don’t even wait!”

Get started BEFORE the next episode (April 5 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific) — go to Sam’s Mountain Cabin and look for said literal key object, which will take you to the next experience, and so on. A clue is in the Atlas listing for each place.

There’s a fun prize for ANYONE who takes pics of themselves next to each key in ALL four experiences with keys. Tag #sansartop5 on Instagram, or if you don’t use that, just post your 4 photos in #sansar-top-5 in Discord.

Plus, the first gunter (that’s “easter egg hunter” in RPO parlance) to do this will get an exclusive honor!

The hunt is on!

So, good luck! A warning: this hunt is HARD! I hunted all over and I could not find the first key!

YouTube Shooter: Has Google Created a Monster?


I know this is off-topic, but I wanted to write this blogpost. Has Google created a monster with its YouTube service, and their policy of paying popular YouTubers according to viewership levels?

Not too long ago, there was a big fuss over a popular YouTuber who was earning millions of dollars from his controversial video antics, Logan Paul (he earned a staggering 12.5 million dollars in 2017, according to Forbes). With YouTube, has Google created an unhealthy culture, with people saying or doing anything in order to get popular? And building up some people’s false hopes that they, too, can become Internet famous like Logan Paul?

According to a news report from SFGate about the shooter, Nasim Aghdam:

On a website consisting of a collage of photos and video posts, many of them about her vegan beliefs, Aghdam rails against YouTube for restricting views on her videos and for what she said was skimping on revenue driven by the traffic to her YouTube page.

You can see a short video clip of her complaining about her treatment at this news report from the U.K.’s Telegraph website.

It seems pretty clear that this woman felt “cheated” of fame and money by YouTube, and she took her grudge (and a gun) to a courtyard of the company and started shooting, injuring three people before killing herself. This is a tragic story, but was it preventable? Probably not. You can’t predict that something like this would happen.

But I’m sure that Google executives must be having some sober second thoughts about the YouTube culture they have created, and the negative impact that YouTube celebrity is having on society.

Doing Drag in Second Life

RuPaul’s Drag Race is my guilty TV pleasure. I am currently watching Season 10, as the drag queens viciously battle each other for the crown. It got me wondering whether or not I could create a convincing drag queen in Second Life. And, with the help of products from two SL stores, I succeeded in making myself into a real drag queen!

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As Karin Gillespie said: “The higher the hair, the closer to God.” And this glorious wig is from the marvelous selection of drag queen wigs from ZsaZsa’s House of Beauty in Tableau. My makeup comes from Dotty’s Secret Drag Queen Makeup and Accessories Store (it’s available in Catwa and Omega appliers for mesh avatar heads, as well as a facial tattoo for older system avatars). Here’s an overall view of my outfit:

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The rest of my outfit was free! The slinky black evening gown by Emerald Couture and the chunky gold-and-diamond jewelry by JUMO I got from the excellent Freebie Store at Ajuda SL Brasil. And under the gown, I am wearing the black pumps from the Iliana avatar from SL’s own starter avatar selection.

There you go—drag on a dime! (Now, let’s see how long I can hang out here at Frank’s before they call security…).