Yorkie Visits Sansar

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Yorkie, a YouTube personality with over 10,000 subscribers, has made a 23-minute video which serves as an excellent introduction to Sansar. The video ends with a montage of various experiences he has visited, and overall it’s really well done!

Yorkie is quite taken with a custom avatar created by the very talented Cora, which is available for free on the Sansar Store:

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(Insert here my standard rant about not having custom avatar skins yet…c’mon, Linden Lab! When I see something as beautiful as this, I want it now!)

Linden Lab is going to need more livestreamers such as Yorkie to cover Sansar in order to get the word out about the social VR platform, so this is wonderful to see! Yorkie’s enthusiasm is infectious, and it’s clear that he loves virtual worlds—and avatar customization—just as much as I do!

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Christmas Came Early! The December Update of Sansar Has Many New Features

Yesterday the Sansar team at Linden Lab put in a long afternoon updating the client software, working into the evening to track down and fix a software bug.

Here are some of the new features of the latest release:

Shooting Guns

This update to the Sansar client is called the Ready, Aim, Fire! release, and for good reason, according to the release notes:

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  • This is a whole suite of APIs and features that will allow for creators to explore gun-play in Sansar!
  • Scripts can now detect VR inputs, mouse clicks and what the player is targeting when any input is hit.
  • Even more script APIs for Ray/shape casting have been added.
  • Grab Points can be toggled to stay held when picked up (so you don’t have to hold your pewpewer the whole time)
  • Check out the new Game.Gun, Game.Target and Selector simple scripts to add these features to your scene!
  • Mouselook mode: allows desktop users to switch to a mode where you do not need to click and hold right-mouse to look around. You can instead hit the ESC key and just move your mouse round.
    • This a toggle-able feature
    • While active it will disable the menu

Here’s a short video by Jogalog showing the new features:

Sitting Down

We finally have a long-awaited feature: the ability to sit down on furniture that has sit points enabled by the creator!

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Sit Points

  • Much like “Grab Points” creators can now designate “Sit Points” on object, while in Edit Mode.
  • This works with Static objects only.
  • Clicking on a sit point will teleport your avatar to the location of the sit point, and the orientation that has been set.

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New Scene Settings

Scene level settings

  • Free-cam & Teleportation distance limitation options
    • Free-Cam for Desktop users can be turned off in an experience in Edit Mode
    • Teleportation (VR & Desktop) distance can be limited or turned off in an experience in Edit Mode.
  • Available in Scene Settings in Edit Mode

Home Space

There’s also a brand  new home space that appears when you log into Sansar:

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Tutorials and Prompts

Also, the controls and the user interface have a new tutorial that will start in the home space when you first log in, and you will also receive one-time prompts as you visit experiences.

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For complete details on all the new features in this release, please see the official blog post.

Looks like Christmas came early!

The Comedy Gladiators Colosseum, the First Live Comedy Event In Sansar, Is a Sold-Out Success!

Tonight Sansar had 93 people in-world attending a live comedy show, the Comedy Gladiators Colosseum:

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I understand that this event was split into three instances of about 30-35 avatars per instance, with broadcasting across all instances. I, unfortunately, did not hear about this event until after it was sold out. The event description states:

Join comedian and YouTube sensation Steve Hofstetter as he brings friends and fellow comedians Maz Jobrani, Ben Gleib, Alonzo Bodden, and Mary-Lynn Rajskub into Sansar for an incredibly interactive virtual comedy experience. There will be stand-up, stories, crowd Q&As, and limited edition items for sale, so make sure to reserve your spot ASAP – tickets now on sale for $9.99!

So this demonstrates that there is a paying audience for good-quality content. A promising start indeed! The organizers made almost a thousand dollars tonight!

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Photo by Bogomil Mihaylov on Unsplash

Sansar on Steam: Linden Lab May Be Fighting a Losing Battle Against the Thumbs-Down Crowd

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Well, the overall rating for Sansar on Steam has gone from “Positive ” to “Mostly Positive” to “Mixed” between its launch this past Wednesday and the following Sunday (in only 5 days).

The reviews are now 1/3 negative and 2/3 positive. Some of the thumbs-down reviews are by disgruntled SL users with an axe to grind. Some are trolls. Some have well-thought-out explanations of why they dislike Sansar. But it looks like the overall rating is not going to improve anytime soon. I was afraid this was going to happen.

Also, the all-time peak usage via the Steam statistics seems to be stuck at 76. Obviously, it’s still very early days though. We’ll have to wait at least a few more weeks to detect any trends.

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But it is starting to look like a similar situation might be developing to what happened when Linden Lab first launched their “open creator beta” on July 31st, 2017: a lot of people trooped in, kicked the tires, took a look around, declared themselves dissatisfied, and promptly trooped out again. (Note the slight downward trend in the overall usage stats since Wednesday on the chart above.)

Like I said, it’s really much, much to soon to make any observations. But it looks like Linden Lab is going to be facing a prolonged, losing battle with the negative reviewers.