The magic of SL is gone?
While SL8B close down, some users will realize with regret the disappearance of the more famous sims of Second Life grid, which at the end of 2009 had exceeded 24 thousand private regions, number since then no more officially provided but that should be remained fairly constant since the statistics indicate a total size, in "virtual" square kilometers roughly constant for over a year. The problem is not new (it has a dedicated group on Flickr), so that among the hundreds of stands SL8B it also noted the presence of a totem of the Sim Preservation Project, project created precisely in order to preserve the memory of the buildings and best sims of Second Life for the future, through the creation of machinimas that describe all the details.
After the demise of famous locations such as Planet Mongo, Zero Point or 3D Futuna, seem to be a distant memory, after five years on the grid, even the "Lost Gardens of Apollo" (still visible on the map but no longer accessible because of financial problems that besetin RL their creator, Dane Zander, whose house was auctioned for arrears in the payment of the loan. Dane explained everything here), while, as reported by Melusina Parkin (MEB's Ceo and a huge fan of digital art), also runs the risk of disappearing Primtings Museum, after the profile of Ina Centaur, creator and curator of the museum, apparently has been disabled due to problems of payment of certain fees (but the story remains unclear, as explained the same Ina Centaur in a public message).
The risk is that either Primtings or Shakespire or SLiterary (all sims of Ina Centaur and all still accessible, as well as the reproduction of the Globe Theatre) are short "switched off" and disappear from the most famous virtual world in the world. Which, except perhaps an intervention of Linden Lab as happened with Svarga (bought by California company and released online after the initial disappearance), would mark yet another misstep for a platform that appears to have a great potential, and only minimally adequately exploited by users, private, public foundations or companies.
Of course when a user is always active as Lapsus Weinstein (aka Danilo Curci), Rodasia promoter (land which is itself at risk of closure as we explained here), is forced to report the state of tremendous difficulties facing for months, with no immediate prospects of a job or income such to guarantee a minimum standard of living, problems related to the existence of individual "virtual" projects and sims seem to disappear. Seem, because they are still concrete projects, which often undertake most of the day of their users and for-profit activities (such as someone with an income includes otherwise contracted by the economic crisis) and non-profit.
Linden Lab first, and this seems a crime (at least in terms of marketing) for a company whose fortune is tied to the contents spontaneously created and made available on the network by its users, not much seems to care about the problems of its "residents". The magic of SL has already gone a few days after celebrating his eighth birthday?. We hope not, but we know that we can not expect help from anyone except our own initiative. Even if we have a little suspect : is not that deep in Linden Lab does not mind a drop in the total number of sim on the grid? After repeated attacks by the world press for which SL is a dead world and empty, get rid of a few thousand of empty islands could result in significant cost savings. Too bad that these kind of "restructuring" does not ever look at the merit and quality of individual projects.ShareThis