The Decentraland Game Jam Is On!

This morning, Decentraland posted an entry to their official blog:

After much anticipation, video tutorial series, guest blog posts and a global SDK bootcamp, the 2019 Decentraland Game Jam has finally kicked off. Over 2000 digital creators are currently flooding into the Metaverse for two weeks (Sept 16–30) of intense creative development and collaboration, competing for over $250k USD in prizes. Their efforts will form a lasting contribution to the evolution of Decentraland.

Register to join the Game Jam here (this is an affiliate sign-up link; full details here). There are some seriously sweet prizes up for grabs, including:

  • First Place: 350,000 MANA (worth approximately US$21,000 at current exchange rates), plus LAND (Decentraland’s virtual land parcels)
  • Second Place: 200,000 MANA (worth US$12,000), plus LAND
  • Third Place: 100,000 MANA (worth US$6,000), plus LAND
  • 4th through 10th Place: 50,000 MANA each (worth US$3,000), plus LAND
  • 11th through 20th Place: 25,000 MANA each (worth US$1,500), plus LAND
  • Every qualifying scene wins 1,000 MANA each (approx. US$60), plus LAND

Please note that prizes above 50,000 MANA are subject to an irrevocable six-month vesting schedule (in other words, you have to wait 6 months before withdrawing the money).

So, what are you waiting for? Register today and get cracking!

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Linden Lab Needs to Promote Their Contests More Effectively

I am in a somewhat cranky mood this morning. (Yes, I am 55 years old, and in certain circumstances, I am already considered a senior citizen, so I assume that this comes with the territory.)

This morning, the target of my ire is Linden Lab. Fellow Sansar blogger Inara Pey appears to share my irritation:

Attack of the Clones: a series of running (I believe) challenges for users to create avatar likeness of famous people using Sansar’s facial morphing capabilities (not made outside of Sansar and then uploaded). The first selection of faces runs through until Monday September 16th, and features the faces of Ripley (aka Sigourney Weaver) from the Alien franchise, Lando Calrissian (a.k.a. Billy Dee Williams, not Donald Glover) from the Star Wars films or someone called Pow3r (no, I’ve no idea who this is either). I gather entries are to be posted to Flickr.

I’m unable to give further context to these challenges, as the details are buried somewhere in Sansar’s Discord pages (where contests and competitions apparently don’t even have their own channel).

I think that the idea for this contest is great. It helps promote the new facial deformation features of the new Avatar 2.0 avatars in Sansar (see image right). Where I have a problem is with the execution of this contest.

And I agree with Inara Pey: why is Linden Lab making it so hard for us bloggers to learn about these contests? I just did a search for “clones” on the official Sansar Discord, and I can’t find a damn thing! How am I supposed to write up something about a contest when I don’t have any of the details? I only learned about it today via Inara’s blog. Digging through my bloated Twitter feed, I finally found a tweet with an announcement:

So, now you know about it too. You have a couple of days left to submit your entries, by tagging them with @SansarOfficial and posting them to Instagram or Twitter by Sept. 16th, 2019 (not Flickr, as Inara said). I have no idea if this is a one-time contest, or a running contest, or if there are any prizes. Like I said, the lack of details is irritating to me.

Let me make a suggestion for Linden Lab: how about setting up some sort of mailing list just for promoting your contests to bloggers, influencers, and members of the news media? Put all the details in one email (deadlines, prizes, etc.) and send it out once to everybody, so we’re all in the loop.

Ryan takes another swig of Geritol, shakes his cane, and yells at those damn kids to get off his lawn.

SideQuest Announces a Rebranding and a Contest: You Could Win an Oculus Quest!

SideQuest, the popular software which allows you to sideload apps to your Oculus Quest VR headset, has just posted an announcement to their subReddit:

In the next few days we have some wonderful changes coming, we have a new logo and were working on a whole new brand to boot. We’ve got our biggest update ever coming tomorrow with a whole host of new features and fixes. We will also be giving away another Quest (64GB model) to a lucky user! Just add a reaction to the message in the #announcements channel on our Discord to be in with a chance of winning! We will announce the winner tomorrow!

We are going to OC6! If anyone is headed to San Jose around the 25th-26th of this month come and say hello! We’ll have free stickers!

I also just want to say thanks again to this wonderful community, thanks to the developers, the modders, the mappers, the @Awesome Helper team and all the users here. This has been an amazing journey and its only just beginning! I will add more info here tomorrow on the details of the new SideQuest release.

So head on over to the SideQuest Discord, find the message in the #announcements channel, and add a reaction emoji. That’s all you have to do to be eligible to win! Good luck!

UPDATED: Find Three Keys and You Could Win an Oculus Quest in The Expanse/SideQuest’s Contest!

Image from the movie Ready Player One

The company behind the social VR platform The Expanse and the phenomenally popular SideQuest have announced a contest on their Discord:

Are you interested in the Oculus Quest Giveaway? The rules are simple – there are three keys. The only clue you get is that the first key is on this Discord server somewhere. The other two keys (easier to find) are in The Expanse. Luckily for you there are only two spaces in the expanse right now so it should be easy enough. When you get all the keys combine them into a message on here to find out if you have won. Remember only the first person to get it wins even if this message is repeated. Thanks and happy hunting!

Here’s a link to The Expanse/SideQuest Discord server. Have fun!

UPDATE 5:11 p.m.: The hunt for the keys has now ended. I’ve been informed that a user named ThrillClinton was the winner of the Oculus Quest.