Firestorm Christmas Party 2018


Firestorm Events Area

The Firestorm team have announced that there will be a three-hour dance party happening today from 2pm SLT until 5pm SLT from many live performers in Second Life. The party will take place over at the Firestorm regions (SLURLs below). Jessica Lyon will be there along with many other Firestorm team members.

Here are the live performers scheduled for today..

  • 2pm – 3pm – Savannah Rain
  • 3pm – 4pm – Max Kleene 
  • 4pm – 5pm – Annette Seranade 

Arrive early as the regions will fill up quickly. Apparently there might be a surprise at the end of the party.

Here is the full blog post by the Firestorm Team…

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and for whatever else you celebrate! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Please join the Firestorm Team as we host a 3 hour music and dance party on Saturday December 15th in the Firestorm Gateway regions!

Jessica Lyon will be there among many other Firestorm Team Members and we hope to see you too!

Slurls (click a random one so we don’t all end up in the same region!)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Firestorm%20Dow%20Forest/224/232/3902
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Firestorm%20Ghost%20Town/19/247/3903
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Firestorm%20Aerodrome/251/21/3903

P.S. There might be a surprise at the end 😉

The stage is set for the big party

Explore the amazing winter Firestorm forest

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Please spread the word 🙂

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OpenSim Festival 2019 Happening In Early March


The OpenSim Festival 2019 will be taking place from 1st to 3rd March with live performances and there will be plenty of great exhibits to check out via the hypergrid. Above is a short new promo for OpenSim Fest 2019 which is going to be incredible.

A full festival schedule will be posted nearer to the time.

See below for more details…

What is OpenSim Fest?

From the ashes of AvatarFest it is with great pleasure we would like to announce Opensim Fest rising like a phoenix. OpenSim Fest is the celebration of the strength and diversity of the hypergrid user community. For the community, by the community. The format, the idea and the aims of OpenSim Fest will stay true to AvatarFest and we hope to be worthy custodians for Han and Eryn.

We do not represent corporations, companies nor grids – we are the customers, users, builders and dreamers who live out here, sharing our dreams and creations with one another.

OpenSim Fest Weekend and beyond

There are two parts to the festival, the first is the weekend of live performances on the Opensim Fest grid on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of March 2019. and secondly you will be able to visit the region via the hypergrid to see the exhibits until the 6th April 2019. Nearer the time of the festival a full schedule will be posted and pages will be posted to the site with a full list of performers and exhibitors.
If you have been an exhibitor or performer and have anything on the festival region or in your grid avatar inventory you will need to export or transfer it by the 20th April 2019. All the grid databases, the region, website and grid accounts will be deleted on the 21st April 2019. The only thing that will remain throughout the year will be the main website as we will be using that each year.”

What can YOU do to be a part of OpenSim Fest 2019?

Exhibitors, performers and volunteers will be asked to join the Discord server so we can communicate easier. To join the Discord server click follow this link in your browser https://discord.gg/T7QN2mZ (discord is a very useful real time collaboration tool and there is a desktop app you can download). We encourage all to participate and be a part of the Community festival.

You can come by and visit us at Expo region 5/Booth number 26 at this years OpenSimulator Community Conference (OSCC 2018) if you would like to ask us any questions or sign up as an contributor to Opensim Fest. Finally the grid will be open to the hypergrid so anyone can come and then in January 2019 the region will be restricted to builders (then the builds will a surprise at the fest in March).

Please spread the word 🙂 

2018 OpenSim Conference Catch Up 

Other OpenSim News

 

Google+ Now Closing Down In April 2019


Today Google has officially announced the social network Google+ will be shutting down in April 2019 instead of August 2019. Google apparently suffered another data leak effecting 52.5 million users. The shut-down of all Google+ APIs will occur within the next 90 days.

We will sunset all Google+ APIs in the next 90 days.  Developers can expect to hear more from us on this topic in the coming days, and can stay informed by continuing to check the Google+ developer page.

We have also decided to accelerate sunsetting consumer Google+, bringing it forward from August 2019 to April 2019.  We want to give users ample opportunity to transition off of consumer Google+, and over the coming months, we will continue to provide users with additional information, including ways they can safely and securely download and migrate their data.

For all Second Life and OpenSim communities that are on Google+ now is the time I think to start moving to other networks. The transition period starts now so download data and backup what you can.

Hopefully there will be a good social network big enough to reconnect everyone up again instead of everyone spreading out all over the place.

I’ve now removed Google+ connections from my blog.

Why Second Life Didn’t Work Out On Steam


Back in September 2013 Peter Gray told Hamlet Au (New World Notes) that Second Life hit some complications and so it was put on hold. Apparently since then Linden Lab have learned and done more research among talking to companies about this.

From September 2013…

Without going into details,” he e-mails, “our plans to make Second Life available on Steam hit some complications and so were put on hold. Since acquiring Desura, we now have our own distribution platform, and we recently made Second Life available there (blog post about that here), as well as on Amazon (in the US, UK, and Germany).

Second Life future on Steam unlikely

The idea might not be completely out of the window because the Second Life steam app info was updated 3 months ago at 02:29:07 UTC on 20th September 2018. See the history page.

It looks like the lab have removed some store tags 3 months ago (shown in red). They added these store tags back in mid June 2017 (shown in green).

This update could mean nothing at all or it could mean the lab are thinking about it again in the near future. I think it’s unlikely that Second Life will be added on Steam anytime soon.

Poll: Should Second Life launch on Steam in the future ? 

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.