News, News, and More News!!

I miss one day of posting, and suddenly there’s an explosion of news and happenings!

I will be writing individual posts on some of these topics, but I wanted to hit some highlights while they were fresh in my memory, so here goes:

  • The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education is this weekend and included a speech by new LL CEO Ebbe Altberg.  He talked about many issues, including the LL TOS (you know, the one that has content creators up in arms because it’s worded so that LL owns everything), new mesh avatars for new accounts, and how SL needs to do some work to repair its reputation.
  • If you want to read more from about Ebbe’s speech, check out Jo Yardley’s blog here.
  • Inara Pey posted quotes from Ebbe’s speech regarding the TOS and what is in the works (we all hope).  I’m not a content creator, so the TOS hasn’t been a huge deal to me, but I can certainly agree with those who have taken exception.  And I’m not an attorney, but a good first step, it seems to me, would be to remove the wording that LL ‘owns’ the content for ‘perpetuity.’  Pretty simple, in my opinion, to solve the issue.
  • If you want to get a glimpse at one of the new mesh avatars, Ebbe debuted one at the VWBPE conference.  Jo Yardley took pics, so check them out here.  I personally don’t care for the look of this avatar (is it just me, or do the eyes seem bloodshot?), but choice is good.  It also remains to be seen how fitted mesh and other new improvements will change/enhance the SL experience.  I’ve read a couple of articles on changes LL wants merchants to make, and I just ended up more confused.  😛
  • Apparently there was a policy about allowing Lindens in-world, and Ebbe indicated that policy has been removed.  So we will perhaps see more ‘Lindens’ wandering around soon.  I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. 🙂
  • Jo Yardley noted that Ebbe’s new avatar was not the typical ‘tall’ avatar, but a properly scaled one.  It seems there may be lots of changes as SL prepares for new technology like the Oculus Rift.

I really am going to have to go visit the 1920’s Berlin sim.  It’s been on my to-do list forever and I just haven’t done it.  After reading this blog post, I want to not only visit, but donate.  A wonderful cause and one that touched my heart:  Sponsoring a monument to victims of Nazism.  If you can visit and give, please do so.