Matt's Muv601 Blog

A blog all about my MUV experience

Archive for the month “February, 2012”

Feeling like a noob :(

So after a few days of thinking that I was trying out the Phoenix Viewer for Second Life I decided to start writing down some stuff for the first assignment. It was only then that I found out that I wasn’t even using Phoenix Viewer but was in fact using another viewer made by the same company…. Firestorm Viewer…. Blonde moment or just a noob, I’m not sure. Though there is an upside to this, I did manage to find the actual Phoenix Viewer and have now tried that as well, so I can say that I have trialed 4 different Second Life viewers. The question is which 2 should I choose too research more in-depth?

–Matt~

End of the first week!

Well the first week is over. In review it was nice to have some fun in Second Life in the form of some dancing (after the terrible bandwidth problems were sorted that is). It was also good to see everyone’s avatars and especially amusing to see Taiki (Azith) attempting to dance as an airship.

After this class I cam home and started trying out some second life viewers and found that I like the “Phoenix” Viewer and also like the simplicity of the “Imprudence” viewer (After I figured out the I had to use the beta version). Now armed with a new viewer I set myself the task of exploring our little home island and the treasures that it contains. In my travels I came across a treasure chest containing some free goodies from Clare and stashed them within my inventory. With these new possessions and some preliminary exploring done I decided to change the appearance of my avatar and after some playing this is what I came up with.

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New appearance done it was now time to try my hand at some building. After playing around for a couple of days I finally had something to show. My first intention was for it to be a ring but it turned out to be too big :(, though now it is more like a bracelet. Since it was my first attempt to make anything I guess I am happy with the results (even though it is a little too big 😦 ).

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All in all I am looking forward to our next session within Second Life and hope to be able to increase my meager building skills !

–Matt~

My first post !

Hi! This is my first post onto this MUV601 blog. This post is just to make my blog not look so empty and to answer some questions.

What is a virtual world?

  • A virtual world is a virtual environment in which users can interact with each other with virtual representatives of themselves, otherwise known as avatars.

What is interesting to me about virtual worlds?

  • Something that is interesting to me within virtual worlds is the way that people interact with the other people within them. Also how people form close relationships and friendships with other person that they usually would never be able to meet who may be located in different area’s of the world.

How important do you think virtual worlds are now?

  • To be honest I’m not really sure how important virtual worlds are right now. I know that a large number of users interact through virtual worlds mostly in MMORPG’s such as World of Warcraft and to some users there they may think that this is very important. For instance I know for myself it is easy to do what I want on the Internet without having to interact within a virtual world.

How important do you think virtual worlds will be in 5-10 years?

  • I am of the opinion that virtual worlds will become more significant when there are technology increases and become easier to navigate everywhere on the Internet and users can do everything that they need to within a virtual world.

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