These are the companies that are trying to build the metaverse

    
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Did you know that Linden Lab is hard at work on a sequel to its Second Life virtual world? Yep, it is, and Recode has published a lengthy piece that not only looks at Linden’s Project Sansar but also at a handful of other companies who hope to create some sort of metaverse in the vein of Stephenson’s Snow Crash over the next decade or two.

Original Second Life creator Philip Rosedale is also in the mix thanks to his firm High Fidelity which has raised $17.5 million in venture capital to date, as is a company called Altspace VR that has $15.6 million and counts evil cable empire Comcast and Chinese MMO publisher Tencent among its investors. Those are just a couple of the companies profiled, and then of course there’s Facebook which famously acquired Oculus Rift in 2014.

Oculus co-founder and VR evangelist Palmer Luckey says that although his company and others are taking the long view in terms of mainstreaming virtual worlds, there are numerous benefits to be had including a theoretical improvement in online behavior. “Virtual reality will make it a lot harder to be a total dick to somebody online,” Luckey supposes, and Rosedale concurs. “The more synchronous, the more real-time you force the interaction to be, the better everyone behaves. In VR, it’s much harder to be a bully or be abusive if you’re doing it face to face. Harder — not impossible — but it’s harder.”

Source: Recode
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Telos_ If you install the new client you’ll find that it’s come a long way.   SL’s game engine has been steadily improved for last few years to support a lot of graphic sweetness.
it’s always going to be different than a machine-side 10GB install type of game.   It’s a 50MB browser client where zones load in dynamically as you visit them (it has to, because they change.   Landmark seems to have handled this fairly well).

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Bannex19 Yeah.. I really was gobsmacked by their assertion that it’s harder to be a jerk to someone in a virtual space. It’s like they’ve never been on Second Life at all. It’s really one of the easiest places to grief someone, because it is so open. The only reason I don’t think it happens more often is because there’s no permanence to it all. Not like Minecraft where you can lava someone’s build. About the best you can do in SL is overload and shut down a region until someone comes along and fixes it.

I would love to see an updated virtual world though… SL and its’ contemporaries are just kind of long in the tooth. It’s still nice to have such a wide open potential (even if many people will still just use it for virtual sex). I remember travelling around and seeing some truly amazing build, some for roleplaying games, Some just for the sheer awesomeness of it. Sadly much of it seemed abandoned aside from people’s homes, clubs and stores…

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SallyBowls1 Oleg Chebeneev Facebook-hating Oculus VR dev here.

As long as Facebook gets the hardware into the hands of users I don’t think they care much about what Oculus does.

Facebook wants VR to be a thing so they can tilt social into VR space.

It’s to Facebooks advantage to keep Oculus focused on gaming since it’s the younger generation they are struggling to capture.  If they can eventually create a social environment in VR and all of the VR headsets are in young peoples hands they will get their money’s worth for Oculus.

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I read Snow Crash last month, easily one of the best books in that genre ive read. I want more of that, and a real Metaverse sounds awesome as hell.

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SirMysk

Nreff It’s a beginning. Significant amounts of money is necessary to get a lot done, and “evil companies” have that money. They’ll get it started. Tinkerers will pick it up and run with it once the tech is established.

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Telos_ Oleg Chebeneev They’re both going to be a big part of the future. There is no need for an “all or nothing” mentality. Frankly both have me quite excited and I look forward to seeing what’s done with both techs.

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Telos_ Yeah, I hope they’re upping their tech game, because Second Life was pretty bad in that regard.

Bannex19
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Bannex19

Would be funny if it was somewhat related

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VR was a gimmick in the 80’s, a gimmick in the 90’s, and will continue to be a gimmick today.

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Bannex19 I’d have to change my profile pic and I’m too lazy.

Were you excited about the article that talked about how the internet is a safe place for moms now?  There is a thing on the Today Show called the ‘Rossen Report’ you should check out.  Right up your alley.