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High Fidelity-it’s worth a try. Day 2

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Part of Wednesday I spent time trying out High Fidelity. I continue to be impressed!

In some ways it has the potential to become what is really the next generation of Second Life (SL). This makes sense since Philip Rosedale who started SL now leads High Fidelity. He understands what is needed in virtual worlds.

There is even a simple builder right now in the basic program. I’m not an accomplished

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builder in Second Life (SL). I’ll stack a few prims or move trees around landscape.

This will seem very familiar to SL users there are even the equivalent of “prims” you can make and move around. Naturally, these primitives are more complicated than the basic SL ones since you can do things with them such as throw them around. If you want to create more complicated things, like the Tea House in the background, the tools are there to bring things into High Fidelity from more sophisticated graphics programs such as Blender.

 

Flyinf lowrezSomething that bothered me when I tried out Sansar was the inability to fly. After years in SL I was used to flying in my virtual world so I missed it.

In High Fidelity you can fly!

Sitting v2 lowrezAnother thing that bothered me was the inability to sit in Sansar. For a virtual world (set of experiences) aimed at education or a place to have meeting that seems basic.

Well you can sit in High Fidelity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HF Starting Sanbox v1

I’m amazed by the size of the land you start with for free. I’m used to dealing with a few hundred or maybe something around 4 kilo meters but a cube 30 thousand meters on a side!

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This is only Day 2 of my exploration of High Fidelity but I am impressed. There is lots of help available on the Internet and you will need it if you are a refugee from SL like I am. Some things are the same but others are very different.

HF Talk Show v1Some of the help is technical but (https://youtu.be/nynIu071Xo4) there is even a general talk show put on by High Fidelity employees available on YouTube.

 

 

 

I can’t help thinking maybe this is what the nonexistent SL 2.0 would have looked like. True, it’s not there yet but maybe! Something else I feel is that I’m at least a small cog in the development of High Fidelity and I haven’t felt that since I started in SL twelve years ago. I haven’t even used my Oculus yet. Maybe I will find a use for that thing that is gathering dust under a cloth by my desk.

High Fidelity is worth a look or several looks and I’ll keep looking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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High Fidelity-it’s worth a try.

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I first tried the High Fidelity worlds in late 2014 and really didn’t like it. Using it was way too technical and there really wasn’t any social aspect to it.  On Monday I heard Philip Rosedale’s discussion with Draxtor

(https://draxfiles.com/2017/10/15/show-158/ The trick is getting beyond the endlessly repeating introductory music thing don’t really get started until 28 minutes into the video.)

and liked what I heard. About how user driven and inclusive High Fidelity was.

So, I decided to try it again. Yes, it is still too technically involved even for an old geek like me to use it without considering a lot of options and there is not enough of a population to be very social right now. But when I started using High Fidelity I was pleasantly surprised.

No, it’s scenic graphics are not as refined right now as the other VR experience. But it does not have the baggage and dictatorial control of the company behind it either and besides you can sit down with a better looking avatar.

It is open source and not only does it run on Windows but on Mac and Linux (note this Ocraflota) also. Something that I’ve noticed is that there is a concern for use by disabled users and right now and not some vapor ware in the future. It reminds me of the early days of SL when the users had a more important role in the development of that world.

BTW while my avatar pictured above is not up to the mesh avatars standards of SL yet. But I could change from the stick figure default avatar to that one within two hours of first logging on and it was free.

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Immersion in a virtual world is in the mind not because of something you wear on your head.

Willow Aug 2017 v2I guess I’ve been duped ☹. If you believe what is said VR with a HMD is a great and so immersive experience. Since I don’t like traditional shooting games I easily resisted getting a headset. When Sansar opened to more than a selected few and the price of the Oculus dropped I decided to give a try. Now after two months the headset is under a cloth gathering dust. I have realized something. Immersion in a virtual world is in the mind not because of something you wear on your head.

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Linden Lab shoots itself in the foot again-expansion

shoot-yourself-in-the-foot1Wagner 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

https://help.sansar.com/hc/en-us/articles/115004872626-Updated-Policies-for-Selling-in-the-Sansar-Store

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.”

https://sansarnewsblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/changes-to-the-sansar-store-policies/

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.

 

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Linden Lab shoots itself in the foot again.

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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      !

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Sansar six weeks in ☹

Willow Samsar Sept 2017 v4There 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.

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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.

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How I speak without talking

Computers have made things a lot easier for me to deal with life’s challenges. One thing that has come up as I age is how to talk to people. My voice was never been good but as I’ve gotten older it is become harder to understand.

How I talk #1 low rezI found this app called Speak in Apple’s App store called Speak. Now I can let my iPad talk for me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sometimes though the technology path seems like two steps forward and one back.

 

In Oculus (1) lowrezRecently I started testing a VR world or set of experiences some people call it one thing and someone else calls it the other. I just call it Sansar. But to use it in virtual reality mode you need to talk into the headset’s microphone to communicate so opps.

If use Sansar in Desktop mode you can type chat. Problem with that is only other Desktop users and not VR users can see what you type.

Hay, Linden Labs put a user editable macro on a controller key. User editable because sometimes you have more to say than just “Hi”. I also want to say, “Hi, this is Willow. I talk like Stephen Hawking so it’s very slow and I must see my iPad and use my hands. That is not easy in a HMD and controllers. So please don’t be offended when I don’t answer back.” After all I don’t want to be rude and not answer back at all when someone say “Hello”. That wouldn’t be very sociable.

Otherwise it will mean back to passing notes like we did in school. If we can exchange attachments with other users in the September release.

Any other suggestions please leave them in a comment.

BTW you may notice I’m bald in the picture. That’s from the brain surgery and all the drugs the doctors gave me. That is my wig on the left. So, note HMD’s do not work well with wigs or glasses and I wear both.