Wagner James Au wrote me asking for more details about the original Linden Lab shoots itself in the foot again post. My answer got a little long so I chose to make it a whole post.
The official Linden lab store requirements are at
The significant part of the above is, “As of October 2, 2017, you’ll need to have a credit card on file for your account in order to sell in the Sansar Store.”
Not an unreasonable requirement. But the policy change is not implemented evenly. Plus, it was announced widely on September 27 five days from the implementation date. Just a very unreasonably short amount of time.
Then at a meetup held in Sansar on September 27th it was reportedly said by a Linden Lab employee,
“The October 2nd deadline applies to you only if you joined Sansar on or after the open creator beta launch of July 31st, 2017. People who were part of the closed Sansar beta have Creator-level privileges until the end of October, 2017, and they would not be affected immediately by this change in policies for the Sansar Store. But they would be affected after October 31st, 2017.”
So, unless you are one of the selected few you have you only five days to decide. But if you are one of the select group you get a month.
This policy of treating certain users with special perks while penalizing the common users could have been avoided by the simple expedient of making the policy implementation date the for all users October 31.
Some may think this is an overreaction but I grew up part of the time in the Jim Crow South and I’ve seen the devastating effects of treating one group differently. It does something to you when your black friend can only get a beer if he drinks it in the alley behind the bar.
I guess I should have expected it but Sansar was starting to show some promise because regular users were starting to have an influence. There was at least a faint glimmer of hope. Then true to form Linden Lab shoots itself in the foot with its new Sansar Store policies.
If you want a virtual world to develop you don’t discriminate against your users. The overly long restriction to only some chosen few were bad enough. It seemed LL had realized the folly of their ways-WRONG.
I agree with the person on the Discord server who said “I’m starting to see…a message behind the decision : “If you are not confident that you will sell enough to afford the subscription, then you are not good enough, go away.”” I think people will !
There have been some changes in Sansar after six weeks. Now you can add more and even buy attachments and even some clothing. But there is still very little to do except look around unless you are what LL calls an experience creator and have some expertise in external software.
There is more to do in VR mode (I can do both desktop and VR modes.) but it’s still not much unless you enjoy throwing things or re-stacking blocks. It seems like my approximately month between Sansar visits is more than adequate. While there are some changes there aren’t that many.
Things are looking up for dancing since they say you can now stream music into Sansar. It will be a while before the first DJ’s because the only “dancing” is waving your arms around in VR.
I’ve heard talk that something that is done in another virtual world is you can attach sensors to your legs and your avatar can follow your dance moves. Frankly LL I think this is a bad idea for Sansar. Besides I gotten good at office chair dancing.
When Sansar first opened its beta product to any users, I said it seemed more like an alpha product. If I mentioned the basic thing missing like the ability to sit or the lack of in world building tools. Most of the responses had, “It’s early days yet.”
It was early days a year ago! NOT after three years of development from a company that claimed an advantage it had was its experience with virtual worlds. Let see the virtual world of Second Life has been open fourteen years. Did LL just ignore all that experience.
Just the idea of putting something like this on my head was making me nauseous. But I was thinking of buying a head mounted display and trying one with Sansar until I heard the following, “if you are using a VR rig, you cannot see the chat, nor can you respond, because you cannot type while using the rig.”.
Assuming this is true it is a problem for me and probably some others. Why? Because of an injury I can’t physically talk but I can type. It seems if I bought a HMD I could walk around a look at things but I couldn’t communicate. This sure doesn’t seem like social VR to me.
Getting information about Sansar is not easy. Is this true?
One thing that was hyped was how much better the avatars looked in Sansar. That is a lot of change but is this enough change for twelve years? (My twelfth rez day in SL was last Friday.)
Now this is my SL husband and I were in March 2017.
I wouldn’t expect Sansar to be this good right now but guys come closer after over three years of work.
I really did sort of feel like a newbie again. Weird thing appeared. I hope LL learned their lesson. I lived through the attack of the giant flying penises and I don’t want to go through that again. I had to learn how to walk and get around again. The big difference was twelve years ago I happily spent hours of enjoyment learning in SL but a couple of hours in Sansar and it was oh hum zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
I feel like Sansar is primitive alpha software rushed out the door to open beta because the investors are putting pressure on because of too many missed deadlines.
First Sansar Login
Something was clear very quickly. People don’t know to move off the experience destination landing point either. Hey people I think most of you should know it’s good manners to move off the landing point. Of course, it took four minutes for the experience to rez so people may have gone off to get a cup of coffee. Or really something stronger might be needed out of frustration. BTW my computer is above average since it is seven cores and 12-Gigs of ram running on a 75-meg line. Another experience loaded faster but no one else was there. I’m not sure how to check since there is no map but I didn’t see anyone.
The graphics are good looking but they aren’t that much better than SL’s. Hey people SL does have an advanced lighting choice in preferences.
How do you walk around without looking like you’re drunk? My arrow keys were so sensitive I would just lightly tap one and I would be moving in a radically different direction.
More later probably after I calm down from the frustration of waiting waiting waiting.