Friday, January 24, 2014

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Listen This Weekend: The Drax Files Radio Hour Interviews Celebrity Griefer Esteban Winsmore

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Janine "Iris Ophelia" Hawkins' ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style

If you're a virtual world enthusiast who's not keeping up with virtual world documentarian Draxtor Despres' new podcast, The Drax Files Radio Hour, then you're absolutely missing out.

The latest episode is packed with some pretty controversial content headlined by the notorious Esteban Winsmore, who has developed a reputation with some as a griefer, while others find his voice chatting antics downright entertaining. Draxtor and co-host Jo Yardley (known for her work in SL's 1920s Berlin sim) also discuss net neutrality, Oculus Rift augmented reality, Second Life's HTTP Project, and more.

If you go for the Esteban interview, just be sure to stay for the new virtual world documentary by Loki Eliot. "The Lost Virtual World" examines the ups and downs of virtual worlds, painting a picture 2 decades in the making. Check it all out for yourself here.

Mixed reality iris 2013Iris Ophelia (@bleatingheart, Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times, and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.

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Cicadetta

Oh boy. I wouldn't call him a griefer. We really have to define "griefer" versus "troll" here, and griefers are by definition (as far as I know) damaging. Trolls are at worst annoying, and at best hilarious. Esteban, to me, is a troll. I can imagine him maybe disrupting a concert (although without voice, he'd be very limited in his trolling) but not defacing or crashing a sim.

He's funny, and he successfully deconstructs things we tend to take for granted in Second Life, whether it be furries or pixel sex. I um, I kind of love it.

Still wouldn't rule out booting him from a concert if things got out of hand. But still...

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