A look back at 2016 in Second Life – Year In Review

10 years later
My 10th rezday – 31st October 2016

This is my special year in review post looking back at the biggest news, events and more during 2016 in Second Life. There have been so many good memories and some not so good ones during 2016. See the bottom of this blog post for month by month highlights of 2016. ūüôā

Improved communications

I do think communications between the lab and the Second Life community have greatly improved during 2016 through various channels like the official Second Life blog, on the Second Life status grid reports page, via Twitter and inworld.

The lab have already posted their highlights of 2016 here including raising the land prims limit for the mainland/private estates, introducing the new horizons experience, adding 360 snapshots, extending Bento, adding new community gateways and much more.

New Horizons Experience
Improved grid status page

State of the grid in 2016

The amount of Main Grid regions and private estates have declined further during 2016 which is not good news but that’s what’s officially happening.¬†I hope that in 2017 there will be some sort of region growth because that would be cool. The lab needs to work out and try to come up with workable solutions to stop the decline happening.

Back on 3rd January 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
  • Private Estates: 17, 775¬†
  • Linden Owned: 7, 111

As of 25th December 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 23,¬†975
  • Private Estates: 16, 792
  • Linden Owned: 7, 183

There have been many well known places that have closed down this year¬†in Second Life because of various reasons and some places managed to be saved. ¬†Yay! ūüôā

Mont Saint Michel

Amazing Events This Year

There have been so many enjoyable events that have happened during 2016 including the Second Life 13th birthday celebrations, One Billion Rising, Lab Chat events, the VWBPE conference, Relay For Life of Second Life events,

Don’t forget the incredible Bay City 8th anniversary, BURN2 events, the annual faires and the list goes on.

Thanks to all those that organised and volunteered these amazing events this year. ūüôā

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Fantasy Fair 2016
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Bay City Eighth Anniversary
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Second Life 13th Birthday
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RFL of SL 2016
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London City 7th birthday
BURN2 2016 Festival

Sansar is almost ready 

There was huge interest this year for Sansar with hundred’s signing up for the Creator Preview and testing it out. The lab have released various interesting Sansar photos, demos and updates during the course of 2016.

Sansar is due to open to the public sometime in January 2017.

Some shocks in 2016

The big shock of 2016 has to be when Donald Trump won the US Election 2016 and will become the next US president from mid January 2017.

Donald Trump supporters area

Another big shock of 2016 has to be the terrible Orlando shootings earlier this year because that was really sad. In Second Life the community came together and raised L$ to support the victims.

Orlando Shooting SL_001

We lost some great talent during 2016 

Sadly a few well known residents that I knew in Second Life passed away during 2016. If anyone knew anyone else that passed away in Second Life during 2016 – please let me know so I can add it below!

  • Ladyslipper Constantine¬† Involved with Virtual Ability events, Virtual Worlds Best Practices education events, One Billion Rising, BURN2 events and she was involved in past Second Life birthday celebrations
  • Latif Khalifa¬†– Developer of the Radegast Metaverse Client, Singularity Viewer and Replex¬†Viewer

Here is a month by month highlights during 2016 on what happened in terms of big events and news. All links below are from my blog posts ūüôā¬†

January 2016

February 2016

March 2016

April 2016

May 2016

June 2016

July 2016

August 2016

September 2016

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

2017: the year ahead

I hope everyone has enjoyed reading my blog posts during 2016 and I am looking forward the blogging more in 2017. I will be covering Second Life, Sansar and OpenSim next year. Wooot! ūüôā

I hope 2017 will be a good year ūüôā


New video shows beta testing of the Oculus Rift Second Life Beta viewer

A new video has been uploaded this week showing new beta testing of the Oculus Rift Second Life Beta viewer filmed by Marc Weerts. The video runs for 12 minutes and 20 seconds showing the user interface. The video is a nice overview of the Oculus Rift Second Life Beta viewer.

I’m beta testing the new viewer for Second Life, by Linden Labs, which will support the Oculus Rift natively. Really exciting, to be able to actually walk around in the virtual world and feel like you are really there. They also did a good job of incorporating the UI.

Marc mentions on Facebook that it’s really cool to walk around SL with the Rift. Marc says he can’t wait for the¬†DK2 version and what LL will do in future versions of the viewer.

It’s very exciting to see new video coverage of the¬†Oculus Rift Second Life Beta viewer and hopefully there will be new videos soon.¬†For the latest news, visit the¬†Oculus Rift and Second Life Facebook page to stay updated. So far there have been¬†705 likes for the page and hopefully interest will grow over the coming months.

InWorldz memorable events and new records during 2013 and the year ahead 2014

Its time to look back at InWorldz¬†memorable events and new records set month by month during 2013. InWorldz is one of my top favourite grids to visit on a regular basis and it’s full of friendly people.¬†InWorldz continues grow in terms of sign ups, active users and regions every month.¬†All links and dates shown below are my blog.

InWorldz christmas welcome area 2013

January 2013

February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

May 2013 

June 2013

  • Nothing to report during this month

July 2013 

August 2013

September 2013

October 2013

  • Nothing to report during this month

November 2013

December 2013

2014 the year ahead – events to look forward to…¬†

  • InWorldz reaching the 100, 000 registered users milestone¬†¬†
  • Elf Clan Fantasy Art Festival
  • InWorldz 5th birthday celebrations¬†
  • 3rd season of Relay For Life
  • 5th InWorldz Annual Holiday Gala¬†
  • More new improvements, fixes, records and more!¬†
  • Dates to be confirmed!¬†

2013 was a fun and interesting year for InWorldz and I can’t wait to see what 2014 has ahead for the InWorldz grid. Next year will mark my 4th year on the grid of InWorldz. Woooot!!!

Second Life year in review 2013 – the first six months

This is a special early post looking back at the first six months of 2013 in Second Life on what happened between January 2013 to June 2013 including Linden Lab announcements, popular SL news stories and big events that shaped 2013.¬†All links below are from my blog posts during the first six months of 2013 and I’ll be publishing the final six months of 2013 post before the end of December 2013. Stay tuned for that. ūüôā

I can’t believe it’s nearly christmas and 2014 already!

January 2013

February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

May 2013

June 2013

My next special Second Life year in review 2013 post – part 2 from July 2013 to December 2013 will be published very soon.


New SL Video showing new improvements

Today Linden Lab have published a new SL video showing many big improvements that the lab has introduced during 2013. The video runs for 57 seconds showing many new features and improvements. It’s a really good video for Second Life to highlight 2013 and everyone should watch this I think. I’m sure there will be more new features to come in late 2013 and next year in 2014. I guess we will have to wait and see.

(first 10 seconds)

  • in 2003, Second Life launched.
  • In the last 10 years…Second Life has evolved in many ways
  • And in 2013, we’re celebrating…

(after 10 seconds to 56 seconds)

  • 7 big improvements…
  • Better graphics & enhanced lighting
  • Better performance & faster avatar loading
  • New & improved welcome experience
  • Streamlined chat & communication tools
  • Sharing to Facebook
  • Simplified shopping experience

(40 seconds)

  • Virtual reality headset support, coming soon

(44 seconds)

  • What will the next 10 years bring ?
  • Secondlife.com

What SL improvements have you liked this year and what improvements do you want to see introduced in the near future ?

Server Side Baking supported TPV viewers so far, update 1

The latest developments on server side baking on third party viewers.¬†SSB renders clothing layers, avatar’s skin, tattoos, alpha from the client side to the server faster.¬†Linden Lab are testing server side baking for official SL viewers which is due to be released hopefully within 2-4 weeks.

As of 25th April 2013

More updates will be published soon. ūüėÄ

Top 3 InWorldz Places resources for 2013

Top 3 resource links that I can find for places to visit and explore on the grid of InWorldz during 2013. I hope this is a useful guide to interesting places, shops and much more in InWorldz. Today there are 1, 258 regions and that number is growing on a weekly basis. These are great ways of finding new places and new friends. The Events tab and the Map tab in Search is another good way of finding beautiful sims on the grid and new people. Favourite places to visit in InWorldz during 2013 ? 

  • Landmarks board on InWorldz Desert Island – Hundreds of locations to visit in the¬†specific¬†categories¬†shown below. Very useful for newbies joining InWorldz today and for existing residents of InWorldz that want to explore more of the grid.

InWorldz Places 2013

  • InWorldz Places Website¬†– Number one website at the moment for updated locations around InWorldz to check out and hangout. There are a number of categories at the top of InWorldz Places website with amazing snapshots of many places across InWorldz.

InWorldz Places website

  • InWorldz Freebie Stores¬†– The most popular¬†freebie¬†stores are located at InWorldz Desert Island and there’s more.

InWorldz Freebie stores 2013

Check out this InWorldz Desert Island Map of Stores which is very useful to see where each store is located on the sim. In the next month or so InWorldz Desert Island will be a major layout change. Stay updated on the latest on the InWorldz Forums. ūüôā

InWorldz Desert Island Map

New Second Life viewer Communications Hub User Interface (CHUI)

Today Linden Lab announced some exciting news on the official Second Life blog about a new Communications Hub User Interface (CHUI) for the Second Life viewer. To use the new CHUI you have to download version 3.5.0 (273444) of the Second Life viewer via Release Notes.

Snapshot of (CHUI)


New features

  • Add participants to a conversation already in progress
  • See all of your conversations and everyone in those conversations, using an inventory-like UI
  • Quickly move your voice connection between conversations and effortlessly adjust individual volume or overall volume in a single click
  • View all of your recent communications in one window (Conversation Log)
  • See what was said in any conversation (Conversation Transcripts)
  • Set Do Not Disturb to focus on other things and get all the communications (and inventory offers!) you missed, after you come back
  • Choose from four levels of notification for each of five different kinds of incoming communication. You can set IMs from friends and IMs from non-friends to different levels of notification
  • Turn sound on and off for four different events, such as inventory offers and teleport offers
  • Access voice morphs more easily
  • Get to chat preferences and privacy preferences directly from the Conversations window.
  • Type your chats into an expanding, multiple-line box
  • Select multiple users across different conversations and start a new conference with them
  • Choose which conversations are in their own windows, and which should be in a tabbed window ‚ÄĒ you can have both now.
  • Collapse any conversation to a single-line input with popup messages.
  • See users and objects you have blocked in a new tab in the People window.

What is CHUI?

As we’ve previously blogged about, CHUI puts Second Life’s communications tools in a more flexible UI that lets you customize it for the ways you prefer to communicate inworld. You can even turn it all off when you want to build, make movies, or simply be left alone for a while.

Watch the NEW VIDEO below about the new (CHUI) by Torley Linden.

What do you think about the new Communications Hub User Interface (CHUI) in the Second Life viewer ? 

Trying out Pixie Viewer

Today I decided to sign up to¬†Pixie Viewer and try out the first look release.¬†Pixie Viewer is a web browser-based viewer for virtual 3D environments. Pixie Viewer is currently in the¬†Alpha phrase and runs on tablets/mobiles which supports HTML5 internet browers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc. Hopefully soon it will reach the beta/public release stages along with new features. ūüôā

The sign-up process was very quick and easy to register with my SL username. The login process takes seconds to load and render objects in the new resident Pixie experience. My first impressions was that the Pixie Viewer shows a very basic user interface with limited amount of controls around the edges of the screen. Also it’s very quiet in terms of avatars nearby which is somewhat expected I think. I liked the large Welcome Sign with things you can do in the first look version of the Pixie Viewer.

Basic User Interface buttons:

  • Play/Mute/Pause buttons with volume slider
  • Current time¬†
  • Stats button which brings up the¬†Scene Rendering Info
  • Build button which brings up basic shapes window
  • Chat which brings up Public Chat
  • Report Bug sends to bug report webpage
  • Logout button ends the session

It’s worth trying out if you like beta testing new developments in the SL metaverse.

What can you do with the Pixie Viewer ? 

  • Explore¬†a 3D World running inside any WEB GL enabled browser
  • Chat¬†with others
  • Interact¬†with some objects
  • Build¬†basic shapes and with a set of starter models
  • 3D Photo Booth¬†allows you to print your builds in 3D

Latest News

Pixie Viewer signup page 

Pixie Viewer signup page

Pixie Viewer welcome area 

Pixie Viewer March 2013

Will you be testing out the new Pixie Viewer ? 

New Lumiya Viewer 2.4.1 is available on Google Play

There is a new release of the¬†Lumiya Viewer at version¬†2.4.1 which is now available on Google Play. Lumiya Viewer¬†requires version 2.1 and up on android¬†phones and tablets in order for the app to run well.¬†Lumiya Viewer costs ¬£1.85 with no monthly fees after and it’s 4.8M to download.

It now comes with support for mesh objects and clothing along with support for RLV. There is now support for server-side baking and there’s much more in the whats new list. This new update has been¬†available¬†since 31st January 2013.

What’s new?

  • Support for mesh objects and clothing.
  • Support for RLV.
  • Support for server-side baking.
  • Animation requests are no longer auto-accepted.
  • Fixed display of outfit folders in inventory.
  • Fixed duplicate messages in chat.
  • Fixed inventory appearing empty after teleport.

Lumiya Viewer features…

  • Navigate Second Life world around you in 3D;
  • Exchange instant messages with your Second Life friends;
  • Teleport to various locations in Second Life world by using landmarks from your inventory;
  • Send and receive messages in local chat;
  • Interact with in-world objects and more.

I think Alina Lyvette the developer has done a great job on developing¬†Lumiya Viewer to be one of the best SL android apps ever. From reading the reviews it seems to be all¬†positive and the amount of downloads is somewhere between 10, 000 to 50, 000.¬†I’m going to have to try out¬†Lumiya Viewer very soon. ūüôā