Today’s Pick of the Day is Astro Port, by Sansar user Mold3D. The experience is a futuristic spaceport, with posters advertising travel to other planets, and a passageway leading to an interactive ball-toss game. (Unfortunately, you do have to have a VR headset with hand controllers to be able to pick up and toss the balls. Desktop users do not yet have this functionality, but Linden Lab has said that they are working towards feature parity between VR and non-VR platforms.)
Here’s the video of me in a spacesuit, wandering around the Astro Port. By pressing the right thumbstick on the Oculus Touch hand controllers, I can switch from third-person mode (you can see my avatar) to first-person mode (you see from my avatar’s viewpoint) and back. I am in third-person mode when walking around the spaceport, then I switch to first-person mode when I pick up the pink neon ball, then I switch back to third-person mode to throw the ball. Cool! (My aim is terrible!)
Abby’s & Monkey’s Things is Sansar’s first coffee shop. Set in a clearing surrounded by trees, it’s a small, inviting rustic structure.
You stroll inside, and you are greeted by the strains of an old-time tune, When The Mockingbirds Are Singing in the Wildwood, by Frank C. Stanley. The tables are set with various sorts of food, and apple-shaped chalkboard menus adorn the walls.
You can just picture a singer-songwriter performing on an acoustic guitar in the corner. Hopefully, soon we will get Shoutcast streaming so this can become a reality!
Today my Pick of the Day is The Abandon Complex, by Sansar user Ravioli, who describes it as “old school fps inspired experience” (fps stands for first-person shooter, a kind of videogame centered around weapons-based combat in a first-person perspective). Doom and Quake are considered classic first-person shooter games. Ravioli says, “I used the old school method of making levels with Quake to start with Sansar as well with one of my experiences.” The experience has a wonderful retro feel to it.
Virtual worlds are a natural showcase for art, and successful art gallery exhibits have already been staged in such social virtual reality worlds as VRChat. This video was taken while I was in my Oculus Rift headset and walking around in the Sansar experience Digital Arts Gallery, created by Mad Max. The works of a number of esteemed digital artists are represented: Adam Martinakis, Zoran Cvetkovik and Zdravko Girov, Martina Stipan, Grégoire A. Meyer, Natalie Shau, Ben Heine, and Keith Webber Jr. There is also a small exhibit of psychedelic 1960s record album art and even some Rolling Stones art!
This is a very enjoyable experience and I urge you to visit for yourself and experience some great art. Then go visit the artists’ web sites using the links in this blogpost!
My Pick of the Day is Diminished 9th, a Sansar experience created by Dimi. Diminished 9th has an outer space theme, complete with tumbling asteroids and gigantic planets, all set to an appropriately atmospheric soundtrack.
Today’s Pick of the Day is one of the original experiences crafted by Sansar Studios, called Colossus Rising. Surprisingly, it’s not listed up near the top of the Sansar Atlas listings, among Linden Lab’s featured experiences! You must scroll pretty much all the way to the bottom of the Atlas to find this one, but it’s worth looking for! This experience reminds me of the famous classic Cyan puzzle games Myst and Riven, so if you loved playing those, you’ll love Colossus Rising.
You are transported to a rocky, barren desert landscape. The wind whistles past you, and red dust fills the air, as you explore the remains of a mysteriously abandoned civilization. Everywhere there is the clank and hum of machinery; you see large canvas windmills and gigantic metal gears turning. You climb the wooden ramps and scaffolding, carefully balance your way across a long, narrow beam strung high above the ground, and jump onto the automated gondolas that move back and forth between raised platforms. Tusks, bleached bones, and the discarded armour of giants litter the landscape.
Come, restless wanderer, and puzzle over what happened here. In my opinion, this is still one of the best experiences in Sansar. Well worth a visit!
Digital Media Productions is a well thought-out studio space built by Chris Jackson (here’s his web site). When you arrive in this experience, you find yourself in a lobby with several doors leading to various rooms.
Notice the heptagon mats on the floor? They are teleporters. When you walk to a door, and your avatar crosses the heptagon, you are teleported to either a new scene in the same experience (local teleport/blue heptagon) or a different experience (remote teleport/yellow heptagon). This is an intuitive and well-designed system that alone makes a visit to Digital Media Productions worthwhile, just to see how you can tie together various scenes and experiences into a coherent, easily navigable whole. Bravo Chris!
There are doors to a lounge, a gallery of pictures and sculptures, an R&D workroom, a T-shirt shop (coming soon!) and a room mysteriously marked “Project X“.
There are some items in the gallery that I would love to see in the Sansar Store, like the table with the human feet! Chris Jackson has already put some freebies up for sale in the Sansar Store. I’m sure that there will soon be more creations to come from Chris.