Popular Virtual Cat Breed in SL Now Exportable to the Web!
This is quite cool and innovative and I'd love to see more like it: KittyCatS, a popular breedable animal in Second Life (the developers prefer to call them "fully interactive pets that can breed"), are now exportable to the web. (On the official site, on a page called The Cattery.) I haven't met my cat on the web just yet, but Emerald Wynn has, and writes about the experience on her blog:
KittyCatS has developed an online Cattery that allows owners to transfer their cats from Second Life to a Web page . . . and then bring them back inworld whenever they feel like it. And even when they're living on the Website, they can still breed and live their normal little cat lives — for instance, they also need to eat there, as you'll see in the picture below.
The cats are a creation of Dennis Lagan, Equinox Pinion and Callie Cline; the idea to make them importable and exportable to the web, Callie tells me, is to give their owners more flexibility:
"Some are pet enthusiasts, some love to keep and breed for hobbies, and some try to make a business out of being KittyCatS! breeders," she explains. "The online feature just adds another tool for them to care for their pets while being offline, as it works on any device which can show a web browser." The web functionality also means you don't necessarily need a lot of land in SL for your cat to live:
"Some of our customers have gone without house and home due to restricted prims," says Callie, "and this enables them to 'get their house back' while still keeping cats in-world and on the KittyCatS! CaTTery."
The Cattery is still in Beta with more features for it coming soon. But as I've said before, I think this is the future of great SL content: Gestated in-world, yes, then connected to the greater web with export features like this. The developer who comes up with a breedable animal that can exist in Second Life and, say, on a Facebook app? That's a huge opportunity.Tweet