Coley's World: My Top 5 Second Life Sims to Visit This Month
ColeMarie Soleil explores Second Life's arts scene for New World Notes
As we saw with the recent closing announcement of Numbakulla, great Second Life sims can disappear with little notice. Here's five of my favorites you should be sure to see now, with SLurl teleport links and descriptions after the video:
Get out to visit Imagine Plus while you still can. Masoon Ringo and YUKO Streeter have spent much time and effort generously donating space in Imagine Plus to showcase stand-out pieces of art with the SL community. Over its lifespan it has hosted some of the most interesting and unique art in the metaverse. Sadly, from the looks of things, it will be "Goodbye Imagine Plus!" come the 2nd of April. Last chance to visit!
Roche is a desolate, dreamy place. Filled with warm textures and realistic details. As Honor McMillan writes: "Roche feels isolated, wind swept and somehow triumphant." This sums up the sim nicely. It is a quiet and peaceful area, rich with atmosphere. Owned and operated by ddsm2 Mathy and mocha Bellic.
Three more after the break!
As part of the 2010 Imagine Festival, UTSA is presenting SnowCrash. This newest exhibit at UTSA's ArtSpace is a scene from Neal Stephenson's 1992 novel Snow Crash. The entire sim was developed by Igor Ballyhoo in collaboration with Rebeca Bashly, both of whom worked tirelessly for weeks to create an immersive environment that captures the mood and scenery of Stephenson's novel. This work alone makes a visit to the exhibit more than worthwhile. What further adds to the experience is the fantastic art placed by some of the most prominent artists in SL. The exhibit includes 3D and 2D art set on boats and rafts around a central ship, as well as art placed on the ship itself. In alphabetical order and by "dimensions," the artists are:
- Alizarin Goldflake: Metempsyche's Garden
- Artistide Despres: Country of Nutopia
- Betty Tureaud - Lazer balls
- Bryn Oh: Echo
- Eliza Wierwight: Three Dresses Triptych
- Glyph Graves: Antarctica
- Jedda Zenovka: The Greenhouse Effect
- Misprint Thursday: Teleshack
- Sabrinaa Nightfire: Transmit vs. Transfer
- Shellina Winkler: Fragments of a Mirror
- Soror Nishi: Untitled
- Ub Yifu: Abu Simbel Pharaoh
- Ariel Brearly: Deconstructed Souls
- Bliss Violet: Lillith
- Eliza Wierwight: Collected Pieces
- Lilianna Clarity: Girlie
- Starlash Sweetwater: Fight or Flight
- Global Social Networking Visualization Map: August Chrome & constructivIST Solo
Madworld is a nice balance of shopping experience and rundown fantasy urban playground. Whether you are an avid shopper or just feel like parking yourself for some sight seeing. This is the choice for you. Owned and operated by isiss Bade, it is an ongoing project which stems from a previous sim being abandoned by the owner which prompted the new move and the new build. Worth a visit.
Carefully and meticulously crafted by Kelkith Kiezelstein, Wolfenstein is an epic, looming, dark and ominous military combat sim. A military group in Second Life consists of an organization with a ranking structure, and a purpose of fighting with unique and original weapons in all mannerisms of places against other militaries. This very active RP community is the home of the futuristic based army "Vanguard Armed Forces". So the concept is simple. Join, serve, fight, and get gear for your service. The Vanguards are led and operated by Christoph Naumova.
What sims should I visit next month?
ColeMarie Soleil covers the Second Life arts scene for New World Notes when inspiration strikes.
Soleil, her first album, is now available on iTunes here and also available on Soleil's Band Camp page, created in collaboration with fellow Second Life musician Tasuku Ghost. Before joining SL, she was a studio musician, a wandering gypsy, a graphic designer, and a solo artist who's performed at Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles and the Apollo in Manhattan. See more of her machinima here.