Sansar Pick of the Day: Cliffside Overlook

This Sansar Pick of the Day by Shack Dougall is actually nine experiences in one! The Cliffside Overlook is a hub with eight portals to other experiences, arranged in a circle in a shady forest glade:

As a whole, they form a beautiful, extensive outdoor environment which offers much to entice and delight the explorer. A series of rope bridges swiftly take you from place to place.

The Desert Oasis
The Cliffside Lookout
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Why Linden Lab Is Building Its Own Engine for Sansar, Instead of Using Unity or Unreal

Inara Pey has done her usual excellent job of expertly summarizing last week’s Sansar Product Meetup, where the topic of discussion was why Linden Lab decided to build their own game engine for Sansar, instead of using an off-the-shelf engine such as Unity or Unreal.

So, rather than reinvent the wheel, I am just going to point to her blogpost, and tell you to go over there and read it all. Among the Linden Lab staff present at the meeting were:

  • Richard Linden, Sansar’s Chief Architect
  • Jeff Petersen (aka Bagman Linden), Linden Lab’s Chief Technology Officer 
  • Landon McDowell, Linden Lab’s Chief Product Officer

So you can get the scoop straight from the people directly involved.

While I think the reasoning for this decision is very sound, the unfortunate fact remains that since Linden Lab is a smaller company with limited resources, feature development will tend to lag behind off-the-shelf engines like Unity and Unreal, which have bigger development teams and lots of users. However, as mentioned in Inara’s notes, backwards compatibility of user-generated content (UGC) is a key issue that needs to be addressed in any successful virtual world. I still think that Sansar is on the right track.

Metaverse Newscast Episode 4: My Interview with Second Life and Sansar Avatar Clothing Designer Solas NaGealai

I’m happy to announce that episode 4 of the Metaverse Newscast is now up on YouTube! It’s an interview with the talented Second Life and Sansar avatar costume designer, Solas NaGealai:

Sansar Fan Video: “My Secret Addiction”

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BigEyedKitteh is a YouTuber who publishes videos of her adventures in various virtual environments such as The Sims 4. Most recently, she has turned her attention to Sansar in a funny, well-done video titled MY SECRET ADDICTION – Sansar Gameplay + Funny Moments + Fashion Photography:

The 20-minute video is a joy to watch as BigEyed Kitteh encounters various people in Sansar, and tries on various outfits from the Sansar Store. She seems particularly mesmerized by an animated NPC deejay with some seriously strange movements! Definitely worth a watch.