Now it’s Like Really Official

Buy into the scheme now, dammit!!!

It needs to be said, LL are capable of learning. Who would’ve thought, right? After years and years of us resis telling them to stop the racketeering and adjust the land prices to what’s usual, now they are showing some kinda compromise. A weak compromise, I know. But at least they are on the right path now.


  1. We’ll see. Good sims are still crashing and burning in a slow economy because Ebbe views us as a “money-making machine” and not as customers who must be made happy. One thing Utherverse’s CEO got right is learning what its customers like and want (plenty of content) and making sure residents are able to create that content with few obstacles.

    By comparison, you have to be a masochist to run a sim in SL,much less buy prims to make it special – many of us have inventory space full of prims we bought for land we stopped being able to pay for when the economy went into the tank..

    Horizons is scary in that it’s a step away from SL being the world’s largest user-created online community and along with Sansar’s two-kilometer skybox world, toward being Utherverse – but more expensive and still treating SLers as ATMs, not customers.

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  2. Here’s where we learn that nothing’s really changed in Second Life’s attitude toward customers – the fine print under that splashy screen about Horizon and the attempt to buy us off with some prims:

    “* Upgrading a Full Region to 30,000 Land Impact costs $30 USD per region at the time of the upgrade and must be maintained for a minimum of one calendar month.When land impact is upgraded, Full Regions will be billed an additional $30 USD on monthly maintenance fees per region. Downgrading a Private Region back to 20,000 Land Impact will carry a fee of $30 USD per region at the time of downgrade. No pro-rating or discounting is permitted.”

    Soooo… if you bite on this offer, you discover a whole new world of user fees.

    According to the Wired article on SL, Sansar and High Fidelity still the “incredible money-making machine” (Ebbe’s own words, not mine) and not customers and Philip Roseland scraped us off of his shoes because he thought we were the funny-looking kids of cyberspace.

    Now Roseland thinks he’ll find more than a hundred cool people (the beta-population of High Fidelity) willing to host his MMPORG on their computers (not too far from what’s happening on Open Sim grids and it might be how the Open Sim gets to survive the eventual death of the current SL) and Altberg thinks that without asking most of the people who buy his product now and pay his salary, he and the poor, put-upon geeks who actually want to migrate us to Sansar will do anything but waste the money we give them.

    I can’t see a decent business model in any of that, and if I were a venture capitalist, I’d walk out of the presentations on those worlds early. Utherverse also got stuck in venture capital hell trying to get bridge funding to make the physical world we enjoy in Second Life, and can fly, sail and drive around in. Linden Labs actually made that work for well over a decade in Second Life, and its managers are in love with the idea of throwing it away for compatibility with Facebook’s $2bn VR goggles. Sounds like they, too, can find cool kids who’ll walk away from working MMORPGs to play with something they cooked up without asking the paying customers.

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  3. paragraph 3 above ought to have read “According to the Wired article on SL, Sansar and High Fidelity, we paying Second Life customers are still the “incredible money-making machine” (Ebbe’s own words, not mine) and not customers and Philip Roseland scraped us off of his shoes because he thought we were the funny-looking kids of cyberspace.”

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  4. The name’s Rosedale, Philip Rosedale. Apart from that I’m with you 100%. 🙂

    I’m not too much into analyzing LL’s decisions so I dunno what to think of Ebbe. On one hand he made the grid much better (at first anyway) but now he’s destroying SL in order to play with his new toy that nobody wants. Shame, SL used to be one of the very few female friendly places on the interwebz, and now he’s taking it away from us for a small minority of super geeky boys who are too bored/boring to be happy with what we got in SL and need to strap an octopus to their faces. He gambles it all away for an expensive and shortlived fad. I bet in one or two years all those VR thingamajigs will be collecting dust on many attics.

    Don’t get me wrong, I too see the benefits of VR technology … in professional environments. Neurosurgeons, electronics engineers, whatever scientists surely will have uses for VR or Augmented Reality. But for a leisurely lighthearted virtual world it’s total and utter overkill. I just log in to check my IMs and notecards and chat with a friend or two before I need to run RL errands. For those few minutes I won’t strap my octopus on and ruin my hairstyle. I guess most of us won’t do.

    And what does an Octopus Rift cost? 300 US$? Yeah right. For that money I can buy a cheapo laptop to play with Linux. Cool, a 4th computer on my desk. Is just what the doctor ordered. 🙂 No, not really. But still makes a helluva lot more sense than that octopus.


    • Agreed. Those of us who are SL “innies” (so immersed inworld we actually run our alts concurrently with our “main” avatars for extra fun) just can’t justify a US$300 Occypus Grift we couldn’t do that with. And I’m with you there, I”d even break with my distrust of all things Lenovo and get their good, cheap laptop instead.

      It’s hard to imagine content so compelling in Sansar or High Fidelity that most users will find the the investment in VR goggles AND controllers ($300 more for those) AND a more powerful computer to run them all rewarding. Make a sim cost US$50/month and you get my attention much more strongly.

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      • Yes, right. It’s just too expensive for what it is. The cost-benefit calculation is too far off. No need for a 600$ gimmick.

        But, hey, if Lenovo hadn’t come up with those fukn spyware shit they’d not be too bad. In fact their professional machines are awesome, and the cheapo stuff, well, they all do suck in the 500 and below range.
        When I think about MiniMe, my SFF Lenovo desktop machine, it’s from around 2010 I guess and shows no signs of age. Perfect for what it is, office warrior and allround computer. My computer repair lesbian congratulated me on the purchase; she said these things come never in for repair, they just work day in day out.


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