Why SL's Coming to Steam: To Draw Gamers Who Enjoy "Things Like Garry's Mod", Says Linden CEO Rod Humble
"My hope is that as Steam expands to become more than games a portion of Steam users will enjoy Second Life. As a creativity platform which requires a significant amount of tech savvy to enjoy it seems like a good fit. Things like Garry's Mod are perhaps a good indicator of interest. Anyway if we do enjoy some newbies from Steam I hope you will all make them welcome."
That's a very apt insight: Garry's Mod, in case you didn't know, is a very popular sandbox game platform on Steam using a Valve physics engine. It enables a lot of user-generated content, but I believe Second Life overall has far more functionality, especially for creating standalone games, and monetization options. If marketed at the Garry's existing community (which already has some overlap with the SL userbase), I could see a lot of interesting new projects emerging from Steam's SL users. (More bizarre zombie-fighting FPSes, that's for sure.)
If you're an SLer who has experience with Garry's Mod, in any case, share some compare-and-contrast in Comments.Tweet