Ask Not What Your Virtual World Can Do For You…

This week we debate the trend towards mobile applications, Qarl makes a big announcement about his Second Life mesh clothing deformer project, and more!

This week’s topics include:


William Reed Seal-Foss (Reed Steamroller) is a 3D artist and virtual world content creator for Sand Castle Studios, LLC.

Bernhard Drax (Draxtor Despres) is a musician, new media producer, and machinima journalist.

Karl Stiefvater (Qarl Fizz, formerly Qarl Linden) is visual effects artist, software developer, and interactive designer extraordinaire.

About Kim/Gianna

Kimberly Winnington (SL: Gianna Borgnine) is the Emmy nominated owner and CEO of Sand Castle Studios, LLC, a company dedicated to helping organizations maximize the full potential of virtual worlds and social media by creating interactive, social, and 3D experiences. For the last 5 years, Kimberly has helped SCS clients stay ahead of the curve and is a respected resource for information on current and developing trends, social media, and immersive experiences.
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4 Responses to Ask Not What Your Virtual World Can Do For You…

  1. Pingback: Mesh Deformer Project gets Underway | Darien Caldwell and [H]arsh Styles

  2. June says:

    Great podcast, love the title. Actually have a few things to contribute this time. For one, as much as I dig his potty mouth, Reed is wrong. Mass adoption of better hardware is not going to just happen. The majority of people I know do not even have desktop machines. They have laptops. You know, those things that are notoriously crashy with sl because they are running on wireless. Packets get dropped and that’s all she wrote. Or the integrated graphics just can’t handle sl at all. Those that do have desktops have older ones, and when that goes down, they plan to buy laptops.

    I try to get people excited about sl, well, I did, until I realized after a few tries and fails that 90 percent of the people I had managed to explain sl to correctly and get interested in it could not get past the login screen. Having to download software wasn’t the issue, having to pick a last name wasn’t an issue, the program running at all on their hardware was an issue. They clicked login, and all they got was grey and crash. Some of these are techy people. But sl sucks on their hardware and no amount of shiny is going to change that. Maybe I just know a bunch of broke asses. I don’t know. But I think the inability to run on peoples’ current hardware is the main problem sl has with any sort of “mainstream” adoption.

    My kid goes to the Wii. Mobile is an option, but he likes Nintendo stuff. And playing Halo under adult supervision. Speaking of consoles, sl being available on Xbox 360 would solve my problem with friends being able to join me inworld almost entirely. Integrate it with Netflix to watch movies together inworld and there’s at least 20 more regular users I know personally. Because I do not think sl would translate to mobile well except in a very hobbled form like BM, console adaptation would be a better place for them to go.

    Thanks for the laughs.

  3. Jusden says:

    Excellent podcast! Really glad to hear of the collaboration and major step in what I see to be a positive direction with LL and Karl communicating on implementing a mesh deformer system. This to me is the results I had hoped would occur and kudos to Maxwell, Karl, LL and all the supporters of this project for coming together to make this possible. I have every confidence Karl and LL can work to develop a solution that is acceptable and meets the needs and desires of both mesh content creators as well as users in general. Also, I must thank Oz Linden for making that phone call and it gives me some renewed hope with regard to LL working and respecting the development from outside developers who have the skill to implement something that can be respected by LL and pushed into upstream LL official development.

  4. Crap Mariner says:

    What, did I get knocked up by a rock monster while doing that shoot with Drax?
    Oh. Hell. No.

    As for the “fixing esoteric bugs with video cards” comment by Qarl, yeah, I heard that. πŸ˜› (Still running Phoenix while SH-2240 and SH-2276 wait to get into the main release channel.)

    Good one, and looking forward to the bleep-fest with today’s Premium account reminder.



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