Magic Boxes and Xstreet will be retired in late August 2015


On Wednesday 29th July Linden Lab announced the shut down dates for Magic Boxes and Xstreet following the launch of the Viewer-Managed Marketplace (VMM). As many know already the automated migration process started on 23rd July 2015 and will continue until the final closure dates. 

Here is the blog post announcing the shut down dates for Magic Boxes and Xstreet

With the launch of Viewer-Managed Marketplace (VMM), Magic Boxes and Xstreet will be retired. Merchants who are still using Magic Boxes to sell their items will need to manually migrate their listings by August 17, 2015, when Magic Boxes will no longer appear on Marketplace. We will leave Xstreet up until August 27, 2015, so that interested Merchants can pull their data before the site is shut down for good.

In summary:

  • Magic Boxes will stop working on August 17, 2015
  • Xstreet will be shut down on August 27, 2015

For more information on VMM and manual migration, please see the VMM Knowledge Base article or check out the VMM video Migrating Listings & Checking for Errors. If you have problems at any point with the migration, submit a support ticket under Marketplace Item Listing Issues.

Download the new Second Life Viewer-Managed Marketplace release viewer here

This viewer allows Merchants to manage inventory associated with Marketplace Listings from within the viewer. In addition to making management of Marketplace Listings easier, sale of items that Merchants do not have the right to copy will now be supported with Viewer-Managed Marketplace.

 

 

Relay For Life of InWorldz season 2015


IW RFL 2012
RFL of IW 2012

The 4th annual Relay For Life of InWorldz season for 2015 is fast approaching and preparations are still on going at the moment. The theme for this year’s RFL of IW 2015 season is “Our Community Of Hope“.

Here are some key events and dates happening during the 2015 RFL of IW season…

  • The RFL of IW 2015 season starts at 12pm PDT on Saturday 8th August 2015 with a special presentation by The Golden Touch theater group and party.
  • From 9th until the 15th August the 2015 the Fashion For Life event will be happening and showcasing the best fashion of InWorldz
  • From Mid to late September 2015 the relay teams will be hosting the community fair showcasing groups, entertainers of IW and the art auction
  • The Relay will take place on Saturday 17th October 2015 from 12pm to 12am PDT.
  • The end of season party will take either a week or two after the Relay

There are so many ways that you take part in Relay For Life of InWorldz 2015 if you are interested. Head over to the Relay For Life Offices for more information.

  • Form a team
  • Join an established team
  • Sponsorship
  • Host a Fashion For Life show (contact Martin Glom)
  • Host a team event at your club
  • Placing a kiosk or vendors at your shop
  • Contribute with your scripting / building abilities

2015 RFL of IW Team Registration Form

RFL of IW office
RFL of IW office

New look for the InWorldz Welcome Area


InWorldz has a new look welcome area built by YadNi Monde and here are some first time snapshots of the area. I really think the layout is better than before and it’s going to be a big help to newcomers. My fav area is the central area of the region and the buildings around the outside look really nice.

Don’t forget there are many helpful Mentors at the welcome area ready to help out.

Come and check it out! 🙂

New InWorldz Welcome Area
Landing spot for newcomers
New InWorldz Welcome Area
New central area
InWorldz Welcome Area_003
Looks really nice from this angle
InWorldz Welcome Area_001
New look welcome area

What do you think of the new look InWorldz welcome area ?

RFL of SL 2015: Wrap Up Party


2014 RFL of SL Wrap-Up Celebrations
2014 RFL of SL Wrap Up Party

This year’s Relay For Life of Second Life Wrap Up Party will be held on Sunday 16th August 2015 starting at 9am SLT through until 1pm SLT. This event will celebrate the success of the season and it will be a time to recognize each other’s hard work.

There will be awards given out to teams and participants that took part in the 2015 season of Relay For Life of Second Life. There will be news announced for the 2016 Relay season including dates and special events.

More news will be announced in the weeks to come. Stay tuned. 🙂

2013 RFL of SL Wrap Up
2013 RFL of SL Wrap Up Party
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2014 RFL of SL Wrap Up Party

Stay updated on the latest RFL of SL news here.

RFL of SL 2015: relay weekend stats


RFL of SL 2015 relay weekend is now over for another year and it’s time to look at the stats for the event. The countdown has now started for Relay For Life 2016 of Second Life and it’s going to be even bigger next year. Check out these interesting stats below and for historical stats see here.

RFL of SL 2015 Stats

  • Avatars: 1, 229
  • Laps: 2, 370
  • Distance: 20, 016, 523 meters
  • Minutes: 123, 240
  • Course Length: 8, 448 meters

Recognition of Completed Laps for 2015

RELAY WEEKEND 2015

RFL of SL green dots

RFL of SL snapshots from the past


Here are historical snapshots of Relay for Life of Second Life that I have attended so far and wanted to share with you today.

This year marks 11 years since the first Relay for Life of Second Life event and later on today we will relay around the track to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Come and make a difference! 🙂

RFL sims 2011
RFL of SL 2011 regions
RFL 2012_001
RFL of SL 2012
2013 RFL of SL Wrap Up
RFL of SL 2013 Wrap Up party
RFL weekend 2013 SL
RFL of SL 2013 fireworks
RFL 2013
RFL of SL 2013
RFL Kickoff 2014
RFL of SL Kickoff 2014
Ten years of Relay Weekend
Ten years of Relay for Life of Second Life 2014
Relay Weekend Closing Ceremony 2014
Relay Weekend Closing Ceremony 2014
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RFL of SL 2015 season starts
RFL of SL 2015 season
RFL of SL 2015 season starts
RFL of SL 2015
RELAY WEEKEND 2015 is here!

RFL of SL 2015: The Relay Weekend Preview


RFL of SL 2015
View of the relay weekend welcome area

RFL of SL 2015 relay weekend starts tomorrow at 10am SLT with the opening ceremony at the main stage. The first lap of the 2015 relay weekend begins with the celebrate ceremony starting at 11am SLT. The exciting fun-filled weekend will then be underway to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society including theme laps, the Luminaria ceremony, event activities and much more.

RFL of SL 2015 Map
RFL of SL Map 2015

 

RFL of SL 2015_002
Welcome area starting point

 

It;s almost time to RELAY!

RFL of SL 2015
The starting point of the RFL Activities regions

 

The closing ceremony of RFL of SL 2015 relay weekend will start at 10am SLT on Sunday 19th July 2015. Please spread the word about relay weekend in Second Life and let’s make a difference. 🙂

RFL of SL 2015
View from above of the RFL Activities regions

 

The RFL regions look really nice this year and they are ready to host the 11th annual event. YAY!

RFL of SL 2015
The owl gets ready for RELAY WEEKEND

 

RFL of SL 2015
A great view of the relay track and central areas of RFL of SL 2015

 

Stay updated on RFL of SL 2015 here. You don’t want to miss RELAY WEEKEND 2015!

Dr. Phil talk show in HD now available to watch featuring Second Life


The full episode of Dr. Phil talk show is now available to watch again in HD featuring Second Life. The episode is called Won’t Work, Won’t Go to School: “My Son Just Wants to Game All Day” and runs for 40 minutes.  Ebbe Linden was featured in this episode talking about how Second Life can help people in a positive way. The good news is that Dr. Phil didn’t really say anything negative about Second Life, gaming or virtual worlds. Enjoy watching!

Episode Details

Sarah says her 23-year-old son, Justin, is so consumed with playing video games that he dropped out of college, can’t hold a job and is neglecting his health — losing more than 50 pounds — and she fears he’ll die if he doesn’t stop. Sarah says she has tried cutting off Justin financially and giving him ultimatums, but he always finds a way to continue gaming to excess.

Justin admits he can play 16 hours a day — sometimes lasting up to 30 hours straight — and says he would rather live in the virtual world than the real world. What could be driving his behavior? And, has his hobby become an addiction that could eventually kill him?

With the help of Dr. Rachael Ross, co-host of the Emmy Award-winning show The Doctors, Dr. Phil opens Justin’s eyes to the potential health dangers he faces. Will it have an impact? Plus, how can Justin regain traction in his life?

Gaming to Death?

Sarah says Justin once weighed 160 pounds and has whittled down to 110 pounds because of his video game “addiction.” She fears he’ll die if he doesn’t get help. “He won’t even eat,” she says. “I absolutely believe Justin’s video game addiction is killing him.”

Justin’s stepfather, Graham, says he and Sarah have attempted, unsuccessfully, to help Justin. “At the end of the day, I think Justin is an escapist,” he says. “If you took gaming away, he would find some way to escape.”

Graham says he and Sarah have reached a breaking point. “We’ve stopped offering financial support to him,” he says. “Sarah and I have given him a series of ultimatums.”

Sarah adds, “I’m ready to cut him off and let him swim; I just need to know from Dr. Phil that he won’t sink.”

Tune in to see what happens when Dr. Rachael Ross runs medical tests on Justin while he’s gaming. Will the results make an impact? And, will Justin accept the help that Dr. Phil offers?

What do you think of this episode ? Please share your views in comments! 🙂

Second Life community invited to “Ask the CEO”


Linden Lab have opened a new Forum thread this week called “Ask the CEO” for the Second Life community to post questions that didn’t get answered during the SL12B Meet the Linden interviews last month. There were many Second Life and Project Sansar questions that didn’t get answered during the birthday celebrations.

Ebbe Linden, Pete Linden and many more Lindens will be answering your questions in forum thread on things that matter to you. If you have a question on Second Life or Project Sansar etc post them here

Here are is a brief summary of some the answers so far 

  • Improvements coming soon for Media on a Prim
  • It’s unlikely there will be rounded edges to be introduced to Second Life
  • Second Life will work with Windows 10
  • Sansar will require higher specs than Second Life and that it will be capable of so much more than Second Life
  • There is a dedicated core team working on improving Second Life and keeping it fresh
  • Sansar will have a new marketplace with new technology along with a new user experience
  • There is support for physically based materials with spec, smoothness, “metalness” and normal maps
  • Sansar won’t be 100% backward compatible with Second Life
  • There will be flying and boating in Sansar with much more
  • SL residents will be able to create Sansar personas (under a master account) using their Second Life user names

Check out the Forum thread for more answers in the days ahead and spread the word. 🙂

Dr. Phil talk show will be featuring Second Life and Ebbe Altberg on 14th July 2015


Linden Lab have announced today that Second Life will be featured on the popular Dr. Phil talk show along with Ebbe Altberg (CEO of Linden Lab). This special episode will be airing on Tuesday 14th July 2015 shown in the United States and the times can be found on the Dr. Phil main website.

Ebbe Altberg will be speaking about some of the positive ways that Second Life is being used from around the world. There will be footage of Dr. Phil adventures in Second Life in this episode.

Dr. Phil will be shown on the largest monitor (40 feet wide) controlling his avatar in Second Life. The episode features a young man who is struggling with many problems and his addiction to playing online games.

Won’t Work, Won’t Go to School: “My Son Just Wants to Game All Day”

Sarah says her 23-year-old son, Justin, is so consumed with playing video games that he dropped out of college, can’t hold a job and is neglecting his health — losing more than 50 pounds — and she fears he’ll die if he doesn’t stop. Sarah says she has tried cutting off Justin financially and giving him ultimatums, but he always finds a way to continue gaming to excess. Justin admits he can play 16 hours a day — sometimes lasting up to 30 hours straight — and says he would rather live in the virtual world than the real world. What could be driving his behavior? And, has his hobby become an addiction that could eventually kill him? With the help of Dr. Rachael Ross, co-host of the Emmy Award-winning show The Doctors, Dr. Phil opens Justin’s eyes to the potential health dangers he faces. Will it have an impact? Plus, how can Justin regain traction in his life?

Check out the bio about Dr. Phil here