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Tom Boellstorff featured on Episode 31 of The Drax Files


Episode 31 of The Drax Files is now available to watch featuring Tom Boellstorff talking about avatar identity and the use of virtual worlds. Tom is an anthropologist from the University of California in Irvine. Tom is the author of Coming of Age In Second Life which was published back in 2008 and many may find the name Tom Boellstorff familiar. 

When Tom signed up to Second Life back in 2004 there were only around 2, 500 members with an average concurrency of two hundred. Tom said that you could fly over every region across the grid within a week at two hours a day.

Tom says that Second Life’s a place with places in it, people are still interacting inside the virtual world, there’s still plenty to observe. Tom feels if the virtual reality explosion happens then virtual worlds are going to be a major use case. Tom says that VR won’t take over virtual worlds, it will be a different way of accessing them.

The interview is around five minutes long but there is great footage of Second Life throughout the episode and its really worth watching.

About Epsiode 31

“The challenge is always time” he says: “You need to get to know the people you are studying, you need to live among them, so they can get to know you!”

For over 12 years Tom Boellstorff has been an active resident of Second Life, not only writing books about his research there and the methodology used in exploring user-centric online societies but engaging hands on with diverse communities such as the Parkinson’s support group and Virtual Ability.

In a recently published new edition of his book “Coming of Age in Second LIfe” [http://press.princeton.edu/titles/106…] he cautions against dismissing sustainable digital communities like Second Life simply because they are not the hot tech property of the day: “The biggest obstacle in studying technology is the obsession of the media with what is new and what is big. Nobody asks me why I am still going to and writing about Indonesia for instance. From an explorer’s point of view the culture in Second Life today is as vibrant and fascinating to me if not more so than when I started out!”

In this 5 minute mini-documentary Tom Boellstorff not only addresses the issue of big data, avatar identity and what role the new wearable VR technology may play for revitalizing interest in virtual worlds but elaborates on a more nuanced way to address the difference between what we tend to label “real” versus “virtual”.

For more information about Tom Boellstorff go to http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/boellsto…

Big thanks to Marianne McCann for creating powerful sets, Apple Fall for custom props and all the great extra actors who had the courage to film with us at the Welcome Area [especially Hexapoda, Bryn Oh, Gidgette & Wilber Adagio and Chorister, Calisto Amato and williarenato]

Special thanks to the Drax Family – young and older- for participating in the filming of this episode.

Super special thanks to Jacki Morie for getting great footage from the SoCal VR Expo 2015.

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Watch previous episodes of The Drax Files here from 1-30.

More at draxtor.com

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! :)

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

The Drax Files Radio Hour Show #75 with Philip Rosedale


Check out the new special Drax Files podcast @75 featuring Philip Rosedale talking about High Fidelity and a little on Second Life. This show was broadcasted from within High Fidelity for the first time and the show runs for 1hr/29 minutes.

Skip to 54 minutes to listen to the special interview between Draxtor and Philip Rosedale talking High Fidelity. I found the interview pretty much interesting and fascinating.

Give it a listen if you are interested in learning more on High Fidelity.

Replay of all the “Meet The Lindens” interviews at the SL12B


If you have missed any of the “Meet The Lindens” interviews at the SL12B this week then here is another chance to watch them again. I have been to a few talks this week and found them very interesting. There have been huge audiences for all of the talks so far and I think it’s been a success.

I hope that talks will be held with more Lindens during future birthdays of Second Life and it would be nice to see the keynotes speech back again at the start/end of the birthday.

Don’t forget that Ebbe Linden the CEO of Linden Lab will be LIVE today at 1pm SLT (9pm UK time) at the SL12B Auditorium. Arrive early to get access before the regions become too full.

Monday 22nd June – Oz Linden, Engineering Director, Second Life.

Tuesday 23rd June – Patch Linden, Senior Manager, Product Operations, and Dee Linden, Land Product Specialist.

Wednesday 24th June – Xiola Linden, Lead Community Manager, and Pete Linden, Senior Director, Global Communications at Linden Lab.

Thursday 25th June – Danger Linden, Sr. Director, Product, Virtual Worlds and Troy Linden, Senior Producer.

  • Friday 26th June – Ebbe Linden, CEO Linden Lab at 1pm SLT! 

Have you enjoyed the talks so far at SL12B ?

Do you have any suggestions for future talks ? 

Recording now available of Ebbe Linden opening keynotes at VWBPE 2015


The full recording of Ebbe Linden opening keynotes speech at VWBPE 2015 is now available. If you missed Ebbe Linden keynotes speech yesterday here is another chance to catch up.

Check out my blog post on Ebbe Linden opening keynotes speech here. The feedback has been mainly positive and many are excited about the future now.

Special thanks goes to Mal Burns for broadcasting the session & uploading the full recording to YouTube today. The recording runs for 1 hour and 9 minutes for reference. :)

VWBPE 2015 Keynote: Ebbe Altberg

Please spread the word that the recording is now available and happy watching.

SL/WoW documentary “Login2Life”


Draxtor Despres today uploaded a documentary video called LOGIN2LIFE on his official YouTube channel which runs for 1 hour and 26 minutes. Second Life and World of Warcraft is featured in this documentary. Woooot! :)

Elaborate digital platforms like Second Life and World of Warcraft offer novel opportunities for friendship, sex, employment, and aesthetic experience in virtual communities populated by cartoon-like avatars.

Centered around people who have found communities online, Login 2 Life profiles people deeply immersed in virtual worlds, including individuals who are homebound because of their disabilities, and attempts to understand what these individuals get from their virtual lives.

Apparently this SL/WoW documentary “Login2Life” will be shown at the Reel Abilities Film Fest in NYC at 10pm on Tuesday 17th March 2015. There will be a discussion panel in Second Life with a RL audience which sounds most interesting indeed.

More info here > http://newyork.reelabilities.org