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  • VR is all in flux

    Vacation is over and it is time to start working again. I have been playing a lot of games and explored many virtual worlds. Several hours a day. I have been driving trucks, flying, solving problems in the Thalos principle and of course been to Second life almost every day.

    As I see it my Oculus rift have changed everything. I do not play all games in the Oculus and I have

    A new 24 screen that makes it a lot more fun. Not everybody have the tech stuff I have but I suppose the market penetration for all the good game play stuff will only be greater.

    When I am looking at where 2worlds2go will go in the future I see that multiplayer and virtual worlds live on for decades but games are short range stuff. You play and often forget.

    In Euro truck 2 and in Flight simulator you can produce new add-ons forever. Second life still is a market for content. The life for virtual products last a lot longer if there is a multiplayer option.

    There is some confusion at the moment about what platform will be the big next thing. Sad to say Second life looks outdated and the physics is not there to do anything new. I love it and think it is great in VR but no something must be done to make it survive. Altspace VR is cool in the Oculus and some nice games is in there. High Fidelity is a good platform but with a serious lack of tools. Sansar is still a enigma.

    As a artist I really hope there will be some solutions in the next 6 months. I have a few ideas around how to create a new world on the other hand I only have 10 years of work left in me. So a new platform would be great. There are game system like Unity that could be intermediate solutions. But then there is server structure and network that do not look so good.

    It is all in flux. The work continues.

  • Hypergrid soon to have the best builds.

    Today I visited two very nice builds on the hypergrid. One on the OSgrid: Waterworld film and one on Soloton-Grid:Romenna both very good builds.

    explorome

    Rómenna is a big build and you can walk around the streets of a ancient city and explore every corner. It is well done and impossible to run in Second life. It is just to big. There is so much to see a and more info on http://soloton.selfhost.eu/Weltraumbahnhof/05%20Kunstausstellung/14%20Romenna/14.html

    waterworld

    Waterworld on the OSgrid is just one sim in comparison but it is nice to see what you can do if you get the chance to build what you want. Very nice and if you walk around you are soon lost. It would be easy to put a game in here. Reminds me somewhat about Fallout.

    Hypergrid address : hg.osgrid.org:80:Waterworld film

    These builds are both the reason why Second life have a hard time to compete. Both are made with Opensim tech and hosted with a lot less money than a SL island. High Fidelity´s idea of a self hosted hypergrid is already here.

  • Visiting the Lost world on the Hypergrid

    When i was out exploring i found Joe Builder on the Hypergrid and he told me that he got some vehicles on his grid and big areas to drive them. Joe is a builder in all sense of the word. Lost world have big areas connected with the hypergrid.

    I visited a wasteland. Drove a truck, killed some zombies or something. Visited like Jurassic park, a space station and a underwater world. I think there are much more but not everything is up all the time.

     

    Joe told me he is using older Opensim and ODE and it worked good.

    Hyperlink: http://lostworld-os.com:8002

    Dont forget to take a tour on the Jetski.

  • Summer of gaming. Will virtual reality work?

    Haffernal_001

    Had some time over on my vacation to do some real gaming so I packed up the Oculus rift and got going.

    First thing is that it is not easy to get games to work. There are a lot of older games that are very well done and easy make the update times for the Oculus. You can also buy new ones made for the Oculus on Steam.

    Older games needs a lot of extra stuff and it is not easy to get them going. Different graphic drivers do not work with all software. Everything is alpha some things beta and every edition do not work with everything else. For me it takes a day of reading and googeling and testing to get a game to work. And I have been working in the computer business a long time.

    Software to look for is VorpX, Opentrack and Flyinside for FSX.

    This said. When you finally get things to work it is beyond amazing. When I did my first liftoff from the runway in Flight simulator X I screamed with joy. The feeling of flying a real plane was overwhelming.

    Some of my other fav games is Test drive unlimited 2 (difficult to get working) and Euro Truck Simulator 2 (Super simple to get working. Built in support on Steam), The feeling of being there. Driving around or competing like I have done in GRID (Very difficult to get working). I just do not get how race drivers do it the amount of concentration is staggering.

    I have been trying to fly on the moon in Lunar flight. A game made for the Oculus. On Steam. I am great at crashing in to things.

    I have done Wow, Portal, Half life 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution. These games are easy to get going with VorpX but the scale of thing in the games are totally off. You are in a land of giants and it feels wrong. One way of playing these games are in VorpX cinema mode. That works better. You sit in a home cinema with a giant screen in front of you for some reason that helps. Still got the 3D.

    When you get over the initial movement sickness of virtual reality it is so good and you will never want to be without it again. I cant wait until the headsets come out and there will be more games developed for VR.

  • In to the void. Two days with the Oculus Rift.

    OCULUSSL_001

    I have been spending two days now with the Oculus Rift and I have had a lot of fun. It have been nothing of what I did expect. For good and worse. After some experimenting I finally got it going. Not to difficult. Of course I use DK2 so not much software are ready to use. It is very new.

    I have been testing games and of course Second life. And I have to say SL looks better in real immersive 3D. The Oculus screen is still to low resolution but you get the idea where virtual worlds are going in the future. I thought that rides and big landscapes would be the best but I was so wrong. Rides gets me motion sickness. When to may things move the brain just cant take it. Big landscapes do not translate very well to 3D. No it’s the small areas, houses and glades that really work the best. 3D art looks great. There is a new art form coming now me think.

    And of course the avatars. That’s the best of it all. Wow what cool avatars there are out there in SL land. When you see them in the Oculus there is a big difference from the ordinary computer screen. I just had to check out the adult areas and whhooohhooo HOT stuff. Guess why many people will buy this thing.

    What I would like to have in SL is a nice café where you can sit and look at people passing buy. Just like RL.

    The Oculus Rift is a big thing. I did some testing of some old games but size and gameplay are really off. I had a lot of fun with Half life 2 though. It updates so fast that I did not get any motion sickness. It is still a problem but maybe DK2 will fix that.

    Cant wait to visit some more places. My city on the OSgrid when it come up again and many more. Virtual worlds feels fresh again.

  • Why I want to make the world a better place.

    When I was very young we went to the family's summer home every week. On weekends you could go on a steam train.( No I am not THAT old it was a enthusiast thing). So I started to love trains.

    utanforateljen
    Me outside the studio thinking about things.
    A friend of the family where a part time pilot. I have spent many hours playing in the planes and hangar, and when I was about seven he let me fly a plane for the first time. I could not reach the pedals on the small Cessna but did some real steering. So I started to love planes.

    I am not a train driver or pilot. life goes in its own directions but thru simulated reality I have spent hours flying all over the world and thanks to some crazy people that have built a long part of Sweden for Train simulator I have got the feel for what it could be like to drive a real train.


    Now I am going skiing in one of France best downhill ski areas. I was there last year and I was tired beyond what is humanly possible. I realize that very soon I cant go skiing like that anymore. It makes me sad that one day I cant ski at all.


    But maybe if I can create and develop the virtual reality I can get a feel for skiing again. I have been flying and driving trains so why not skiing. And so many other people can get the feel for all sorts of things. It is not all about slaying monsters or kill people. I think virtual can be so much more.

    During my first years in Second life I met so many people that when you got to know them had all kinds of physical, sociological and psychological disabilities.

    And the virtual world made their lives better. I have also met a lot of people from all over the world and found many of us think the same we just need a meeting place.


    Virtual worlds can make the world in to a better more exciting place and that’s why I have made it a part of my work.
  • Another cool feature in Singularity.

    You can now transfer your objects to your game system from Second life and Opensim.
    A nice video from John Lester explained it to me today and I just tried it out.

    Here is the link to John Lesters Youtube video.

    And in my Blender.
  • Caledon to get inspiration for new work.

    caledon_001

    I often go exploring when I run out of ideas for new work and Caledon is a great place to see other types of builds. It is themed and have a lot of good builders.

    Just loved this lion.

  • Opensim conference grid

    Drawing of exhibition


    Planning drawing

     

    We are at the OpenSimulator Community Conference 2013. More to read at http://conference.opensimulator.org/2013/

     

    The exhibition stall is already on the conference grid.

     

    Looks good and it is made very low poly and a few texures to realy speed up download.

    Hope to see you there.

     

  • Opensim conference 2013. 3D sketching.

    3dsketch_001

    I am doing some 3D sketching on the dev grid to find out how to use the space we will have on the Opensim conference. http://conference.opensimulator.org/2013/

    I think after this there is a possibility that Opensim finally grow up to become something in it´s own right. I have already chatted with avatars that are professionally using Opensim for education and business.

    More to come..

  • LSL scripting do not create my world.

    2girlsinacar

    I have been working with lsl scripts on the Opensim platform the last two days. Moving some of my old scripts from Second life to my developer grid to see what is possible or not.

    The answer is not much. Second life and Opensim are like a big box of Lego you can build anything and it looks good but when it comes to doing things like different forms of gameplay it is more or less useless. The physics engine do not support the most basic things like joints and suspension. It is almost impossible to make attachments that affect your avatar and weather system is not usable for even the most basic sailing.

    Linden lab is trying to get some more adventure based lsl code in to the system but I really cant see that it would make any difference. Adventure games often need very large areas and land prices kills that idea.

    I understand that it is very difficult to use a physics engine like the one in ordinary game worlds where you have professionals that write the code and test every aspect of it. But what would be possible to do is to have it prebuilt. Make it a object like a cube and have it in the build menu. A car 4 wheels and then let the users build the rest.

    I am a gamer, The first thing I did when I came to Second life was to get a boat and then I spent hours sailing around looking at everything. I want to do stuff and I want to create things for other people to do. I know this is the wrong platform for me and I should spend my time writing games instead. But I love virtual worlds. I like being together with other geeks. It is so much more fun to build something in Second life than on my own grid because people drop in and ask what I am doing. It is social. Me like.  

    As a artist I like restriction it is creative in a way I understand but lsl just make frustrated. But I guess I have to do stuff that work in SL and on Opensim but for me that’s not enough.

  • Why I do not get EVE online.

    eve

    Hmmm I have been trying to play EVE online for years now. Even paid for game time for a while. Every time I get some new game time I give it a new try. I really should like it.

    I don’t It is all about spreadsheet. It is the super game for accountants. When I think about thousands of accountants making space battles on a epic scale it is like something from Monty Python. All of them sitting at home pressing one of two icons.

    I really admire the game designers. MMO problems with net access is very limited and highly optimized. Wish I wrote it.

    But it is terrible to learn and you are never doing anything. Spreadsheet watching. Zzzz.

    The graphics are beautiful but you do not fly the ships or land them and there are tons of text to read for every mission or anything you want to do.

    I have fourteen days of game time. I am reading howtos and wikis. Some beginner pdf and maybe this time I am going to get it and be swung in to the exciting unive…zzzzzzzzz.

  • Another win for the idiots

    Autum_007

    Today another young creative woman have left the virtual worlds because of idiots and griefers. It is time for the internet to grow up. I have said it before and I do it again. The time for the anonymous internet is over. Why should we let spammers, intruders and griefers just roam the web as much as they like.

    I think there are a lot of reasons for some website to let people be anonymous but the website publisher should have the ability to backtrack to the IP.

    Let website go under the same laws as newspapers. There are strong laws in Sweden for the protection of a source when it comes to matters of importance.

    People who grief or sell penis enlargement do not fall under that and have to think again before they go on the web to do their dirty business.

    I want a responsible internet.

  • Finally some development in 3D

    Another thing I really would like to buy. If it gets on the market I think VR people and 3D artists will find new ways to create new stuff in the digital world. It will do like the Kinect and branch out in more ways than computer gaming. I always believe in human creativity. Give us new stuff and we will create new art for it.

  • DeeDee

    DeeDee by Dee Dee Deepdene
    DeeDee, a photo by Dee Dee Deepdene on Flickr.

    I have been following DeeDee for some time on flickr and as a photographer i find her pictures really good.
    And as Second life creator i know how much work there is behind a picture. Check out here pictures at flickr. It is worth it.

  • Many years ago

    Cirkus painting

    I painted this while attending art school many years ago. Now it is hanging on a wall of a collector. I had to take the picture with my mobile. Explaining the quality. I painted for a while and had some really unappreciated exhibitions, well not all hated them.

    This was about sixteen years ago and then i went in to media and digital art. But now i want to start painting again. That is why i called this a painters progress. Maybe i do some, we have to see.

  • Somebody just made this.

    I like my new bed. Nice place to hang out for a meal with friends. Somebody thought of it and made it. Put together the animations and everything else. Its really nice and well worth to pay for. Something as good as this makes me think there is a future for SL. From cyberserenity Vella via bloghud.com

  • Swedish summer


    Swedish summer, originally uploaded by cyberserenity Vella.

    The Swedish summer slowly goes in to autumn but the island i live on have a real summer "dansebana" so i think that this year when i miss the nice summer i just go and dance beside my house. Thats something. From cyberserenity Vella via bloghud.com

  • Swedish summer


    Swedish summer, originally uploaded by cyberserenity Vella.

    The Swedish summer slowly goes in to autumn but the island i live on have a real summer "dansebana" so i think that this year when i miss the nice summer i just go and dance beside my house. Thats something. From cyberserenity Vella via bloghud.com

  • Exploring the dark side of Second life.

    I decided to go and explore the new adult continent Zindra. And i found boring sex clubs and escort services. But in it all i also found a great animation. A mix of sex and fantasy, and not for the faint hearted. Another example on what is possible if you have a great idea and some animation skills.dragonzindra_001

    It starts out nice.

    dragonzindra_004

    But it ends with me getting bonked by the dragon.

    I you want to try it out yourself the slurl is below just sit on the stone in the square. But i told you.

    http://slurl.com/secondlife/Zerin/224/60/49

  • Some more testing of Blue Mars

    BlueMVenice

    New Venice looks great. Cry engine 2: Works for virtual reality too. There are still bugs to iron out. But the nice thing with Beta testing is that i did meet some other independent game developer that was testing too.So i got some new contacts and a nice talk with my peers. What can you do on a Monday anyway.

  • Blue Mars Ruth

    Started to check the up coming Virtual World Blue Mars. http://www.bluemarsonline.com/

    Its early beta now and i have only got the developer tools to work but it looks good. Look at Blue Mars Ruth.

    BlueMarsruth Really makes me want to see the rest of the world. But i suppose they have long to go before production. Well i can wait.

  • Finally doing something worth while

    C64BLOG

    And that is of course that i found a way to play my old commodore 64 games. Its kind of funny to see them again. Like old friends coming to visit you. I think its like 20 years ago my C64 burnt up when i was soldering some new stuff into it. I still have the diskdrive and printer and all the games in a box. Now i have found a new emulator that works with my Vista laptop. So i am doing some serious C64 gaming the next few days.

    No work just a lot of fun.

  • Today i am just so bored.

    Sweden have become a new totalitarian state. They are going to listen in on all internet traffic. The FRA law gives them the right.

    Now i am just waiting for the king to take over goverment and the queen takes over health care. And we all can live happy and safe.

    Maybe i should move to a virtual world insteed. I think i am going to blow up a few monsters in Tabula rasa. FRA listen in on that if you can.

    There_cyberserenity_2008-08-09 14-12-18

  • I am doing some new ads.

    And i had to make a new avatar for them. And look at me now. Looks great i am a model again.

    look at me now

  • So back at work again.

    newgallery

    After a nice vacation i am back in my studio again. I am trying to do a new exhibition in my new gallery at Nilsart Village in Second life. I am playing around with ideas but i think its going to be something architectural.

    And i am going to start painting again. A very difficult decision, but it could be fun to try and make it a community decision and let people do comments as the painting progress. I have to see how it works out but i have a web cam in my studio so why not.

    Its really nice to be back at work.

  • The sea

    Wow
    From my mobile phone.

  • The sea

    Wow
    From my mobile phone.
  • The sea

    Last of vacation.
    From my mobile phone.

  • The sea

    Last of vacation.
    From my mobile phone.

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