I am concerned with the possible future direction of virtual worlds. With the eight hundred pound gorilla in the room and its possible future combined with the direction of project Sansar I worry. So I’m looking for a replacement for Second Life.
Of the virtual worlds out there what I call the chat worlds were out. Essentially all they are is a dancing chat board and I want more than that. What are left are inworldz, Philip Rosedale’s High Fidelity, and Kitely.
Yesterday I wrote why I thought inworldz will not work. (Not quite as a ready as a replacement for Second Life part #1 8/12/15) Today I’ll look at High Fidelity and Kitely.
Technically High Fidelity is impressive. Plus it has Philip Rosedale the original creator of Second Life behind it and he knows about developing virtual worlds. In my opinion it is still too much on the bleeding edge of virtual reality creation. BUT because of Philip Rosedale’s involvement it is a good future bet and I will keep an eye on its development. Right now High Fidelity is still too raw for an SL replacement right now.
I really had high hopes for Kitely and I do feel it has the potential to be a replacement for Second Life but not it is not ready today. I am spending more and more time in Kitely and really enjoy it. My SL husband is in the process of moving from Second Life to Kitely.
Right now Kitely’s lack of residents is the same weakness as inworldz. But unlike inworldz it has a market that has a lot of potential since it is designed to sell to customers of other open worlds. And unlike SL there is a respect for the rights of creative people that design things. In fact it inspired me to learn the Blender software so I can design mesh items.
Right now I personally won’t completely leave Second Life but I will be spending more and more time in Kitely.