UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Hair from no.match

UPDATE March 11th, 7:00 a.m.: Unfortunately, it looks like no.match has suspended their daily free hairstyle gifts. As of today, the All Day Mania panel has been replaced with a group gift (it costs L$50 to join the no.match group). Sorry!

Did you know that no.match hair store is giving away a free hairstyle every day? It’s completely free. You don’t need to join any group to get it, just click on the gift box in the store at this SLURL:

Sometimes the freebie is male hair, sometimes female, and some styles are unisex. The daily gifts can be fatpacks of all colours, or just one colour set (blondes, brunettes, etc.).

Here’s an example of a beautiful, elegant updo I picked up this week, which came in a fatpack of colours:

NeoWorld: A Brief Introduction

Sweet minty Jesus. Not another blockchain-based virtual world?!?? Are people learning nothing from all the struggling ones already out there??

This one is called NeoWorld, from a Singapore-based company, and it has the audacity to bill itself the “First MMO/Virtual World”. (NOT.)

NeoWorld is so new that they haven’t even bothered to translate anything from Chinese into English, as you can tell by the following promotional video. The computer-generated English voice-over becomes meaningless mumbo-jumbo near the end:

“In a word, NeoWorld is compatible with all proven business models in any virtual world, including games, online community, knowledge sharing, and financial services.”

Yeah. Sure. Riiight…

Here’s a brief tutorial video (in Chinese, with English subtitles) to give you a feel for the platform:

Also, Windows 10 gave me a security warning when I tried to install their client software. Not to mention a completely mystifying account creation page. I simply gave up. And when I tried to uninstall it, I found I couldn’t do that using the Remove Programs setting under Windows, so I landed up deleting everything by hand.

I’d definitely steer clear of this one.

VRChat Pick of the Day: Virtual Market 2

If you’re looking for something to do in the metaverse this weekend, why not visit a Japanese anime convention in VRChat?

The Virtual Market 2 convention is running all weekend. According to their website:

Virtual Market is a virtual convention held in the virtual reality platform, VRChat. In it, attendees are able to browse virtual goods and contents such as 3D models and props, try on virtual avatars and purchase any content that catches their fancy through an external website. It is our vision to enrich and to push the boundaries of the Virtual Reality experience.

The venue consists of six separate worlds, each of which has many booths from various vendors selling avatars and accessories. In my visit on Saturday, I managed to visit three of them, and I was very impressed by what I saw.

Here’s a couple of pictures I took using the in-world camera:

Here’s a link to their launch page (it’s in Japanese, but you should be able to figure it out with Chrome’s automatic translation option).