Why is Orca so Sad?

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Orca’s sad. 😦

You know, usually when Orca goes on asssignment other than taking an onsen bath she needs something to wear. Yeah, this is the day and age of wearing clothing, sorry, nothing she can do about it. And since her own outdated wardrobe is lacking in all aspects I usually send her shopping, so she can look respectable. Until now I mostly used a certain shop but now thought she needs a change of style or something.

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The boring store where Orca usually shops these days.

So yesterday I had her just TPing to hundreds, if not thousands, of Landmarks where she once had shopped before she kinda left SL. But, oy vey!, this is what most of the destinations looked like. If they were accessible at all and not deleted. 😮

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This is the SL of today. 😦 In the old times I used to shop here!

I knew it. Knew it all along. Please excuse me for being a smartass, but I knew exactly what would happen when LL opened the Marketplace and took over business from the much nicer competition so they had kinda monopoly.

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And I used to shop here.

Smart move you’re thinking?

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And here too.

Wrong! LL’s main business and source of income is virtual land, a.k.a. server space, that they hire out for much too steep prices. They know it … and their customers know it too. So how did many/most of the builders and store owners and shopping mall owners react to the new Marketplace?

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As well as in this place.

Yeah, right. They closed down their inworld shops, cancelled their leases for shopping mall stalls and started selling their goods via the Marketplace, mail order like. 😮

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And here …

Look, I’m not a business woman and I don’t know any numbers, have no idea about the income figures for LL from the Marketplace. But I don’t think they’ll match the real income via sims and parcels. So, not only did LL make SL less valuable for themself, they also made it much less attractive for most of their core cliéntele, who prefer shopping from the comforts of their “home” instead of “going out” into the wilderness and facing the dangers of the grid.

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… and here …

We all have heard the horror stories about the lonely shopper who got lost on Heterocera, assumed to have drowned somewhere in the shallows of the atoll. 😮

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… and here …

Or that girl who went to purchase some punk style clothes from a shop in The Wastelands and was either contaminated by radioactivity or rapemurdered by a horde of savage scavengers.

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… and in this place were not even trees can survive anymore.

So from a consumer’s point of view the Marketplace makes some kind of perverted sense. From a pure business perspective it’s, sorry to say, the slowest but surest form of suicide imaginable.

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Or this barren location …

Nobody’s ever accused LL of being a clever, or even halfways functional company, but it seems they don’t even have a normal sense of sustaining, and protecting, their own life.

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… and this empty lot …

So it’s really no wonder Ebbe Linden jumped onto the new craze of Virtual Reality and uses SL’s income stream – the little that’s still left – to fund a new and already dying adventure, called Sansar. :/

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And this place where only fukn big wall exists.

What he obviously hopes to achieve by doing so is to create a new stream of income, to replace the old cash cow SL with a new one … in the hopes nobody will notice how inapt LL are as a business.

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Or this formerly prime land on Nautilus inner lakes, which is now deserted.

Maybe that’s only too fitting for a business in virtuality: It’s all just make-believe, smoke and mirrors. But expect no real magic trickery here. There is no prestige, no great reveal. LL won’t make the disappeared money re-appear to huge applause by the impressed audience.

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Business died in Sansara’s posh snowlands …

In the end LL won’t even come down in a big spectacular explosion. No, not with a bang, with a whimper they’ll sink into the ocean of the forgotten and the wasted.

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… and purpose-built shopping sims.

And we, formerly happy shopping residents, we just go home. Quietly, silently. Maybe some of us will wipe a tear from their eyes. Even less of us will think back favourably …

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The endtimes are upon us. 😦

… but most of us will just go away and find other, better things to do,  to waste faaaar too much time and money on. Bit of advice? Take up old cars. The older the better. The more rotten and dirty and Frankensteined they are, the more time and money you can waste on them. In the end, at least you’ll have something to look at and use, maybe even as daily rider. Try that with SL, I dare you.

 

2 comments

  1. Just grabbing some spotlights from your post 🙂

    LL didn’t open the marketplace 😉 It used to be a privately operated business called XStreetSL (and had another name before that which i do not remember) and it was one of two venues available (the other being onrez). They bought both, closed onrez and rebranded XStreetSL.
    So the smart idea was to pick up that revenuestream that ran into other pockets and fill their own 😉 The former admins of both marketplaces found jobs at LL but I do not know if they still work there.

    I have a rather ambivalent view on the marketplace. I understand that small creators love it. The price for owned land is still steep, and making your first sales there is a lot cheaper as the commission on sales is not that high (i only sold some gachas and that wasn’t too expensive, but I do not remember how much).
    Those shopping sims are usually plain ugly, so I am not mourning them really 😉 And events are usually completely overrun until the last days, so I am not too keen either.

    BUT … there is always a but isn’t it 😉

    Where I do not want to miss direct shopping is, when I buy stuff that needs to properly demoed, like animations, AOs, furniture and stuff. There I only rely on directly buying things inworld, as I want to see the good before.
    And there I noticed something funny. In already two furniture stores (Gracefully Wicked and Prim Perfect) they knowingly have higher prices inworld then on the marketplace, which I do not understand … shouldn’t it be the other way around? Shouldn’t the be interested to keep the people there to boost the traffic? Both shops sell their stuff cheaper on the MP then inworld, which I find strange.

    No SL will not end in one big Explosion … not as long as it earns enough 😉 What I would love would be a back to the roots approach. Kill the teleports and reintroduce TP hubs. Move people closer together by dropping all those empty parcels and stuff, kill all that abandoned land, and put them together in like three areas (PG, M and A) and make everything exploreable without having to tp. Put some nice waterbodies in between for the sailors … and clip the wings … no more flying. I would really love to see how Interaction could be influenced that way.

    Well and Sansar … I will not comment this any further … except maybe with this link that made me chuckle this morning ;D
    https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Oculus-Rift-Abgelaufenes-Zertifikat-setzt-VR-Brillen-ausser-Gefecht-3988695.html

    Am I sad? no not really. Why should I? SL is still there, I am sharing an amazing time with great people, and that for 10 years now. Thats a little wonder in itself, because even in all they incompetence, they kept that sanity alive, to not pull the plug. Eventually SL will end one day … that is sure … but has yet to happen, and there are probably a good bucket load of enjoyable hours ahead of us 😉

    And if you ever want to go shopping … ring my bell 😉

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    • YesYes, onrez and XStreetSL, those were the competition I mentioned. If I remember correctly I prefered onrez. But I only used it for inspiration and then went inworld and made the purchase there. Because whoever wanted to know did already know back then that those Marketplaces are putting SL in danger. But same as in RL people are shortsighted and always go for the convenient short term solution.

      Why some businesses sell for higher prices inworld than on Marketplace is a fukn riddle. I don’t understand such a stupid move neither.

      I’m against shrinking the grid. Sim on Demand won’t work, not if you wanna keep the illusion of a real virtual world. Your other ideas, well, I’m all for it. Get rid of avie-flight and TPs. Instead let’s have a real public transport system, with metro trains and taxis in urban areas, shipping routes between continents and a much better road network for individual vehicle traffic. Whoa! What fun that’ll be.

      What LL can and should do tho, is moving the continents closer together. There is no reason for keeping them so far apart. The super continent of Satori, Nautilus, Corsica and Gaeta V is a good example for how this could work. Well, I’d make the corridors a bit longer and wider, so the landmasses are not that uncomfortably close together. Apart from that it’s a super thing.

      And yes, I don’t think LL are going to pull the plug on SL anytime soon neither. It’s their biggest and sole cash cow while Sansar is so far nothing but a bottomless money pit.

      Aaand, no, I don’t wanna go shopping. I do it sometimes because I feel I have to and because all the money is burning holes in my pockets. LOL, as if. But 300 woolong each and every week is quite a nice income for when you never log in. 🙂
      I used to love shopping inworld, but that was when I was young and many shops and malls were exciting builds as well, where it was fun hanging out and exploring. But those times are gone I’m afraid.

      Ooooh shit! I just noticed I didn’t even remember my own rez day. 18.01.2007. Makes me 11 years old now.

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