Metaverse Newscast Episode 5: My Interview with Chris McBride, Winner of the Best Avatar Contest in High Fidelity

Last October in High Fidelity (before the FUTVRE LANDS VR Festival was held), there was a Best Avatar Contest held at one of the monthly stress-testing events. The winner of that contest was Chris McBride, for his Ganesha elephant god avatar. In episode 5 of the Metaverse Newscast, I interview Chris about his creations in his domain, Ozone:

Enjoy! And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my producer and cameraman Andrew William for all his tireless work in pulling this video series together.

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Winners of the Custom Avatar Contest in Sansar

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Avatars Dancing on Stage at the Custom Avatar Contest

Today was the Custom Avatar Contest in Sansar, held at Loz Hyde’s The Grand Hall and Gardens experience. Forty-five avatars showed up, possibly making this the largest single crowd in Sansar in quite some time!

There were a number of wonderfully creative custom avatars on display, but some of them decided not to enter the contest for whatever reason. This meant that there were very few contestants in some categories! Chaos reigned for a little while.

The winners of the five categories were:

  • Best Looking Avatar: C3rb3rus, who created a wonderful Egyptian Anubis avatar
  • Funniest Avatar: Missy, who showed up in a huge, square, somewhat warped animal avatar she created using Marvelous Designer
  • Most Surreal Avatar: Silas Merlin’s Sunflower Man, called Memento Mori
  • Most Innovative Avatar: Snow’s Robot Eating Pizza avatar
  • Best Original Design: KandyBrainz’ Yolandastein avatar (which comes in either aqua or pink)

Each winner received 5,000 Sansar dollars (worth about US$50). Congratulations to all the winners, and all the contestants!

Sansar Store Spotlight: The First Custom Avatars Have Appeared in the Sansar Store!

Well, that didn’t take very long at all! Less than 48 hours after the latest update to Sansar (which allowed you to create your own custom avatars), and the first custom avatars are already available for sale from the Sansar Store!

First up is Ravioli’s gargoyle avatar, which is FREE:

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Then there’s Fabeeo Breen’s zombie avatar, which is also FREE:

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And following quickly on Fabeeo’s heels was Nya Alchemi, who released a cute boar avatar, which is also FREE:

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Also up is a Frankenstein-inspired female monster avatar called “Yolandenstein”, for sale for S$5,000 (US$50):

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By the way, here’s a link to the new Avatars section of the Sansar Store. (Check back often to see what’s new!)

So I bought all three free avatars and went into Sansar to try them on. There’s a new section under the Avatar tab in the Lookbook which allows you to select a custom avatar:

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Just click on the custom avatar you want to wear, et voilà ! Be sure to click the Done button at the bottom to save your changes:

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(Note that you will not be able to wear any human clothing on a custom avatar, as it is essentially a single piece wearable. The clothing must be part of the avatar.)

Here’s my boar avatar at Nya Alchemi’s S.L.A.R.P. experience:

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