Editorial: Crypto/Blockchain is Becoming a Cesspool

Ever since I encountered my first blockchain-based virtual world, Decentraland, back in February, I have been watching the marketplace closely. Many companies have announced social VR platforms based on the blockchain; either they are selling a cryptocurrency for use in their virtual worlds, or are using blockchain technology in some another way, such as registering … Continue reading Editorial: Crypto/Blockchain is Becoming a Cesspool

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UPDATED: Why I Am Giving Up On AltspaceVR

I’ve explored quite a few social VR/virtual world platforms on this blog, both old and new, but (so far) I have only completely given up on one product: SurrealVR, which was such a spectacular fail, after multiple attempts, that I simply gave up in frustration. Today, I am reluctantly adding a second metaverse product to … Continue reading UPDATED: Why I Am Giving Up On AltspaceVR

Worldopoly: Yet Another Blockchain-Based Virtual World

Worldopoly was mentioned today on the official Virtual Universe Discord server (here’s the original tweet), so I thought I’d check it out. All the major buzzwords are present and accounted for… Augmented reality? Check. Artificial intelligence? Check. Blockchain? Check. DAG? DAG?!?? Why, Directed Acyclic Graph, of course! Check! This hits all the buzzword buttons! I swear, the … Continue reading Worldopoly: Yet Another Blockchain-Based Virtual World

UPDATED! Editorial: So, What Is It Going to Take to Get People to Visit Sansar—And Keep Them Coming Back?

At this week’s Star Trek Mission Log Live event, something was nagging me in the back of my mind while I was mingling and chatting with the other people present, and watching the broadcast. It was the thought that this event, as fun as it was, was probably not getting the attention—or the audience—that Linden Lab was … Continue reading UPDATED! Editorial: So, What Is It Going to Take to Get People to Visit Sansar—And Keep Them Coming Back?