Pick of the Day: Happy Holidays!

This night-time winter experience was created by Boden Linden, who says:

This winter cabin is ready for the holidays!. ps this entire experience was created with items from the Sansar Store. Thank you creators 😀

It’s so dark that I had to edit all these pictures in GIMP to get the detail to show up! You’ll have to visit the experience in person to get a true feel for the darkness of a wintry countryside at night. The audio materials for the snow add to the immersion of the experience considerably.

You walk from a forested pine area past trees decorated with Christmas lights, and a couple of vehicles—a farm truck and a carriage—that you recognize from the Sansar Customs experience. Snowflakes are gently falling.

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A little further on, you discover a top-hatted snowman under a canopy of Christmas lights flashing many different colours!

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Finally, you arrive at a cheerfully decorated house, with a brightly-lit Christmas tree and pine bough garlands, plus stockings hung on the fireplace mantel. There’s a fire roaring in a small pot-bellied stove in the corner, next to a table laden with coffee cups, a bottle of wine, and a basket of food. Nostalgic Christmas music is playing, and it would seem the inhabitants of this cozy home have only just momentarily stepped out.

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You could consider this experience a Christmas card from Boden Linden to the rest of us. So please pay a visit soon to Happy Holidays yourself!

(The red dress that Vanity Fair is wearing is brand new from RSVF, and available for S$5 in the Sansar Store.)

 

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My First Dress!

I am slowly working my way through the CGElves beginners-level tutorials on Marvelous Designer, and I am getting better, little by little, at making clothing using MD! Today I made a simple woman’s dress, and textured it using a blue fabric with white polka dots:

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I have decided to take down my first posted item, a very crudely made skirt which I can now improve on, so now I have a total of five items of clothing up for sale under my fashion label RSVF in the Sansar Store! I’m so excited!

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Outfit Outlay: Lady of Avalon Medieval Gown

This lovely medieval gown for female avatars comes in two colours, lavender and teal blue. It’s the first clothing that Northern Kiara has put in her store. These dresses are only S$25 each, which is a real bargain!

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These pictures were taken in today’s Pick of the Day, Amber Castle. Along with this beautiful gown, I am wearing a black headscarf by Agustine, which is free! It’s made in Marvelous Designer so you can adjust it to your liking. (Click each picture to see it full size.)

 

 

Pick of the Day: Amber Castle

Amber Castle is a colourful medieval experience built by Ambard. He says:

The crown jewel of Ambardia. The capitol city. And yes, there is a cave hidden somewhere! Lots more will be added so check back often.

Well, I couldn’t find the cave, but there is certainly lots to explore! Here are some photos. (Click on each picture for a larger view.)

Sansar Store Spotlight: Black Business Suit by Theanine

When Linden Lab flipped the switch on the new fashion market, it meant that all the old outfits were disabled, and could no longer be used. I had gotten so used to wearing a navy blazer and khaki pants outfit, and I kind of missed it.

Well, Theanine of Theanine Design has come to the rescue with a two-piece black business suit with faint grey pinstripes. The jacket comes with a white shirt and a grey striped tie, for S$110:

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The matching black pants are S40:

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So, for a total outlay of S$150, you too can look like a savvy businessman! These shots were taken at the Sponza atrium, created by Cale Flanagan. (Click on the pictures to see full-size versions.)

Looking sharp! Thanks, Theanine!

Twitch, YouTube, and VRChat

According to a recent online article by Polygon, a website that covers the gaming industry, The social VR world VRChat has attracted a lot of attention recently because of YouTubers and Twitch streamers:

Considering that VRChat is only available on Vive and Oculus Rift, the player base is still limited. The reason VRChat has skyrocketed in popularity is because of YouTubers and Twitch streamers who have brought attention to the game. One YouTuber in particular, Nagzz21, uploads near daily videos with his time in VRChat. These include weird dating scenarios, oblong takes on popular gaming avatars, drama happening between players and groups in VRChat, and exploring all the different realms.

His videos have become so popular that VRChat Inc. has subscribed to him and promoted a view of his videos.

Unlike Sansar, which has focused so far on human avatars, VRChat (like High Fidelity) allows users to create non-human avatars (which requires some level of technical skill). The Polygon article notes:

Watch any VRChat video and there’s one thing that sticks out: It’s chockfull of characters that you already know. There are strange versions of Spongebob Squarepants, Pickle Rick from Rick and Morty, an assortment of PokĂ©mon and too many anime characters to name.

This is one of VRChat’s biggest draws. Using a combination of character models, VRChat Inc.’s software development kit and Unity, players can create their own (unauthorized) avatars based on other popular figures from games, television, anime and movies.

…Multiple characters from popular culture, including Hank Hill from King of the Hill and Pikachu from PokĂ©mon, can be seen interacting with one another. Players are able to pet Pikachu and PokĂ©mon trainers can be seen in the distance. Much of the game’s appeal comes from players recklessly mixing and matching characters from various franchises and assuming their persona, virtually. Think cosplaying but without the expensive costume and in the comfort of your own home.

Obviously, this feature is a massive draw for some people. I’ve even had one Facebook commenter state that she will be making avatars for VRChat exactly because of that freedom to create whatever kind of avatar she wants, rather than create for Sansar. Of course, there is rampant IP theft happening in VRChat; the lawyers are going to have a field day if somebody tries to sell a Pikachu or Mickey Mouse avatar! Right now, it’s the wild west in VRChat, and everything is being given away for free.

Anyway, I thank what Sansar really needs is a few Twitch or YouTube livestreamers with a sufficiently large audience. For example, the phenomenally popular YouTube personality PewDiePie has posted a video of his VRChat adventures that has pulled in 2,828,337 views so far!

Of course, PewDiePie has over 58 million subscribers and makes millions of dollars from his YouTube channel! If I were to start YouTube livestreaming in Sansar, I would not have nearly the same pull! So the key here is not to get just anybody to start livestreaming Sansar. The key is to get a livestreamer with a large audience to start playing in Sansar.

As I have mentioned before, High Fidelity has already started a handful of livestream shows to promote their social VR world. To date, none has quite taken off like the VRChat streamers’ shows, but hey, at least they’re trying their best.

Of course, Drax and Strawberry’s Atlas Hopping remains relatively popular, and both Strawberry Singh and Draxtor Despres livestream each episode to YouTube. And just this month, Sam and Boden Linden launched another planned monthly show where they visit and comment on Sansar experiences. It’s a promising start.

So, what do you think it would take to get someone like PewDiePie to visit Sansar and livestream it? Anybody have any favours they could pull in??

Pick of the Day: White Out

White Out is a winter experience by Debi Baskerville.

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Some of the pine trees are decorated with Christmas lights, and as a comic touch, there is an oversize Charlie Brown Christmas tree!

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A deer wanders near the little ice pond.

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It’s all very festive and serene. Come walk in a winter wonderland at White Out!

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