So Linden Lab announced they are working on a newer virtual world that will use all the new snazzy new tech that’s making VR a buzz word again, so why is that such bad thing?
It’s not a bad thing, its a great thing. Only a few weeks ago during SVVR i was questioning Drax ‘why should Ebbe Altburg even be on the Virtual World Panel when it seems that Second Life has no part to play in the up coming VR resurgence”.
Sometimes when I’m working on a modelling project for SL i end up doing stuff I’ve never done before and have to start experimenting, researching in order to figure things out. I sometimes get to a point where i think ‘if i start again with what i know now, it’ll be a better model’ so i make the choice to dump three days work knowing that the next attempt will be far better.
I often wondered what might happen if Linden Lab went this route. While not dumping Second Life, they are taking all they know about VR and starting afresh. This is mind blowingly awesome and i don’t understand why so many are against it!
I guess it’s easy for me to dump my inventory (all 50,000 items), i’m confident enough now to simply recreate it again elsewhere better. Im also the kind of artist who destroys old art to make way for new superior art. That cake stage at SL11B? probably never see it again after next week. As for my clothing range i sell, i don’t imagine people wanting to wear the same thing a year from now, i want people to keep buying my new stuff. I mean, why would you want to keep using something that looks crap compared to an up to date awesome looking version?
But i understand when people get nostalgic about items and places in SL. People fell in love with my old Island Goony island, and when i upgraded to Escapades and totally terraformed the place some people were like “it’s not the same :(”.
I don’t know whats going to happen when this new Second Second Life arrives. Wether people will flock to it. Wether people will carefully migrate places. How big a difference will there be between platforms? Second Life is what it is due to the limits imposed on its creators and users by the platform itself. With those limits lifted by new technology will creators and users build something radically different? it’s all so exciting!
So far it’s all been just talk. In a way Linden Lab had to announce this to stay relevant in the tech media as Virtual Worlds start a new hype cycle, this time with HyFy and Facebook World in the game. How this effects the traditional Hype Cycle i can only guess, can a technology go through a second peak of inflated expectations?
Before last week i was moaning about how HyFy was experimenting with all these cool new ideas, the future of Virtual Worlds seemed only to be alive at HyFy. Now the Lab has announced their plans I’m very excited about the future. But the news isn’t going to stop me working on new projects in Second Life, that would be stupid.
The future is uncertain, but at least there is a future!