The Arcade October 2021 Round Is Open


The Arcade October 2021 round is open in Second Life until 31st October 2021. This month features the return of the Halloween Spooktacular featuring treats and more. It’s good to see The Arcade back for Halloween after the recent lab announcement about the gacha ban which is now in effect. A new way to play has hit The Arcade > see more details here.

The mini pop-up round is open!

A new way to play has hit The Arcade! The Arcade Halloween Spooktacular returns as a mini pop-up round, featuring ghoulish treats from some of the grid’s greatest talent!
Learn more about gameplay here: thearcadesl.com/how-to-play

SLURLS

Come and check this out! 🙂

Inside The Arcade
Halloween themed here now

October 2021 Sponsors

Arcade Calendar

Please spread the word 🙂

The Arcade Halloween spooktacular 2021 Teaser


The Arcade Official Facebook page has a new teaser on it about the new shopping experience in Second Life starting 7th October 2021 through until 31st October 2021. More details will be announced very soon.

Preview Teaser

A new way to play comes to The Arcade, October 7! Stay tuned to learn more about our new shopping experience!

This sounds interesting a mini pop up round (Halloween Spooktacular). The Arcade has been popular over the years in Second Life hosting regular gacha events etc. The event has now been revamped and it’s due to open again shortly.

On The Arcade Calendar page it outlines the event schedule….

EVENT SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE

  • Invitations SentJul 14, 2021
  • RSVPs Open
    Jul 16, 2021
  • Designer Setup
    Oct 1, 2021 @ 12:00 am – October 3, 2021 11:59 pm
  • Extended Setup (Wait List & Sponsors ONLY)
    Oct 4 2021 @ 12:00 am – Oct 5, 2021 11:59 pm
  • Designer & Blogger Preview
    Oct 6, 2021
  • Final Staff Walk-Through, Sim Instance Created
    Oct 6, 2021
  • The Arcade Halloween Spooktacular opens
    Oct 7, 2021 @ 12:00 am
  • The Arcade Halloween Spooktacular closes
    Oct 31, 2021 @ 11:59 pm

Stay tuned for further news soon.

The Guild Confirms October 2021 Event


The Guild Team in Second Life have announced recently on their official website that everything is still on track for the October 2021 event to go ahead. The Guild team have decided to transition the event to be entirely a regular sales event than the normal gacha event held before.

This is because of the recent Linden Lab decision to end gachas by the end of August 2021. The lab blog post has been updated now with a new additional FAQ section at the bottom which is worth checking out. There could be another new FAQ published by Linden Lab sometime this week.

The Gacha Guild has now been renamed to The Guild to reflect the overall event foundation during previous years. The logo will be worked on among other changes in the weeks ahead.

Here is the full announcement about the future of Gacha Guild is shown below.

Gacha Events/Sales

  • The Arcade team in Second Life is working on alternatives right now for future events in Second Life. I will blog more about that when new developments happen.
  • The FabFree group have a gacha list up and running

The Arcade cancels September 2021 Round


On Tuesday 3rd August the Arcade team announced on their official Facebook page that the upcoming September 2021 in Second Life will be cancelled due to the recent Linden Lab news about banning gache at the end of August 2021. The Arcade team have said they will pause operations now to re-imagine the whole event and the event will return back even stronger in the near future. Yay! 🙂

The Arcade annual gacha events each year have been very popular indeed over the past 9 years. The Arcade are complying with the new policy change. Certain aspects of the gacha events will go which will be very sad for the Second Life community that love attending them.

The Arcade posted this via Facebook…

Just like you, we’ve been rocked by Linden Lab’s recent decision to ban gacha. For the past 9 years, gacha’s been the backbone of Arcade’s events, and we’re truly sad to see it go. Due to LL’s change and short notice to comply, we’ve decided to cancel September’s upcoming round. This pause provides our team the much-needed time to re-imagine the event and return strong. We’ll be in touch soon and look forward to seeing you when The (ALL NEW) Arcade re-opens!

It will be interesting to see the next chapter of the new Arcade when it opens up to the public in Second Life soon. I will do a blog post on that for sure.

NEW FAQ

Linden Lab have updated the original blog post with a new FAQ section at the bottom which you can read below. These are the most common questions being asked on the forums thread that was set up.

  • Linden Lab will not be extending the policy deadline. Warnings and enforcement will be happening from 30th September 2021.
  • 7Seas won’t be impacted by this policy change
  • Breedables won’t be impacted by this policy change
  • Subscription boxes are not affected
  • Linden Homes are not impacted by this policy change

Full FAQ section below!

We have developed an FAQ to assist with answering some of the most common questions we are being asked.  This list is not exhaustive, and we will continue working to get answers and add them here.

Q:  Is it possible to extend the policy deadline?
A:  We are sorry that we are not able to further extend the policy deadline.  However, we have been able to extend the enforcement of the policy change an additional 30 days.  To be clear, starting on September 1 we expect gacha as a sales mechanism to cease. However we will start with warnings, and any enforcement of the policy as it would be applied on an account will not begin until after September 30.

Q:  How are breedables impacted by this policy change?
A:  This current policy change and deadline does not apply to breedables or other life simulation products.  At the present we are working with external counsel on the subject of breedables.  If any action is required we will make a separate announcement and have a separate timeline associated with it. 

Q:  Will popular games like 7seas be impacted by this policy change?
A:  No, because the purchase of bait to go “fishing” is a purchase being made of a known item, and also the fish you catch while playing the game are non-transferable.  To be clear, if they are not currently, they must be going forward.

Q: How are subscription boxes affected?
A: Subscription boxes are not affected as long as all subscribers are getting the same content box. Different items being sent to different subscribers on a chance basis is not allowed. 

Q:  How are Linden Homes affected?
A: Linden Homes are not impacted by this policy change.  Linden Lab owns the homes and they are not transferable.  

There are still several great questions which we are working to answer with our legal team.  We will update with additional information as soon as possible.

I will blog about new developments on gacha when new developments happen. Stay tuned for that on my blog.

The Arcade December 2020 Round Is Open


The Arcade December 2020 round is now officially open until the end of the month in Second Life. The “quarterly gacha event features 100 of the grid’s best designers and builders, each whom offer a collection of high-quality prizes sold at random from gacha machines within The Arcade’s build”.

It’s one of the most popular annual events in Second Life. This is great opportunity for those that love taking snapshots and love being near the sea. I strongly recommend everyone going to the arcade especially as it’s christmas time.

The Arcade was founded back in September 2012 by Octagons Yazimoto, Katharine McGinnis, Emery Milneaux and Umberto Giano. The annual gacha event takes place in March, June, September and December.

Please spread the word about The Arcade December 2020 round.

The Arcade March 2019 Round Opens


On 1st March, The Arcade officially opened it’s doors for the March 2019 round in Second Life. This month’s gacha event features 100 of the grid’s best designers and builders. There are high quality prizes at the various gacha machines within the Arcade which are worth getting.

About The Arcade 

Set in a seaside build that evokes the whimsical feel of the penny arcades of early 1900’s Coney Island and Brighton Pier, The Arcade strives to present a nostalgic atmosphere that welcomes an audience seeking great gacha prizes, and continues to be a favorite destination for photographers and enthusiasts of vintage architecture.

With events planned in June, September, December and March, The Arcade features an eclectic mix of designers with proven quality. Content creators are invited because of their demonstrated commitment to the quality of their merchandise and unique perspectives as artists. The result is a well-rounded collection of must-have attire, goods and novelties to delight and enthrall shoppers. Guests will discover there’s something special for everyone at The Arcade.

Please spread the word about The Arcade March 2019 round.

Event ends on 31st March 2019.

The Arcade Turns 5 in Second Life


Happy 5th Birthday 🙂

This month marks The Arcade fifth birthday since it was first opened back in 2012 in Second Life. The Arcade is now open for the September 2017 round which runs through until the end of the month.

The annual event is now the largest gacha event in Second Life and hosts 108 individual machines at the main pier.

Happy 5th Birthday

Teleport to The Arcade regions and have a great time. Here is the special 5th birthday blog post via The Arcade official website…

It’s our birthday – but the gifts are for you!

In 2012, a couple of friends bonded over their shared love of gacha in Second Life®. In September of that year, they hosted the first round of The Arcade. Since then, the event has grown into the largest gacha event in Second Life.

What’s more – it wouldn’t be a party without presents! In the center of the Arcade you’ll find a giant birthday cake festooned with gifts from many of our brands. You can have them all!

It has been our honor to serve gacha fans all over the grid for five years running.

The Arcade opens on the 1st of September. We’ll see you there!

Happy 5th Birthday – The Arcade! 🙂

A visit to The Arcade in Second Life


Today I went to visit The Arcade in Second Life to look around and enjoy the lovely scenery. The Arcade is open through until Friday 30th June 2017. If you have not yet visited The Arcade before then I strongly recommend it.

The Arcade is a busy destination around the clock so I recommend visit during non peak hours for a better experience. There are three Arcade regions to teleport into this year.

Looks amazing from a distance right ? Absolutely! 🙂

At the starting area there is a wall of Second Life names that have represented an international choice of generosity that have shown support over the years. I think this is really cool and it reminds me of the Second Life Beta Contributor Wall.

The Arcade is such a great place for Second Life photographers and shoppers to visit. There is so much to capture here. 🙂

The Arcade was founded in September 2012 featuring over 100 of the grid’s best designers and builders. The Arcade opens in March, June, September and December every year.

In September 2017 The Arcade will be celebrating its 5th anniversary in Second Life. Wow 5 years already! 🙂

There is a nice food & drink concession stand on the left with a fun spinning carousel on the right side outside of the main Arcade area.

Once inside The Arcade there are many interactive gacha machines to collect many high quality prizes with so much more to discover.

Useful Links

What will you discover at The Arcade ? 

The Arcade June 2017 Round Officially Opens


 

Great news is that The Arcade June 2017 round is now officially open in Second Life featuring over 100 of the top designers and builders on the grid. The Arcade runs through until the 30th June 2017.

The Arcade is a lovely busy destination set in a seaside build that feels like the arcades of the early 1900s. The Arcade was founded back in September 2012 by Octagons Yazimoto, Katharine McGinnis, Emery Milneaux and Umberto Giano.

This year there are three Arcade regions on the grid for the event. Due to high region traffic you may have to wait some time to access them.

The Arcade will be celebrating it’s 5th anniversary in September 2017 and it’s going to be awesome. I will blog more when more details come available.