Where The Magic Happens: Draxtor Despres Interviews an SL Entrepreneur Whose Focus May Surprise You

 
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It's been a little while since we checked in with Second Life mini doc-maker Draxtor Despres, but that isn't to say he hasn't been busy. The latest episode of his series of mixed-reality resident profiles, The Drax Fles: World Makers, went up recently, and features yet another incredibly interesting creator that many of us may never have heard of. Zach Barkley makes magic in SL. Literally. Scripted, particle-powered spells and mystical effects for fantasy roleplay... Or just for showing off.

All in all this episode is an interesting look at a niche that may not spring to mind when you think about Second Life content creation. Just as interesting is hearing how Zach, who is still quite young, fits virtual worlds into his life (and how friends and family react to them). For me, learning about Draxtor's subjects outside of SL is always as interesting as learning about them inside of SL, if not moreso.

You can catch up on The Drax Files: World Makers over on Youtube, and if you need an even bigger Drax fix don't forget to check out the weekly Drax Files Radio Hour podcast.

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Watch It This Weekend: Don't Miss This All-New Episode Of The Mixed-Reality Mini-Doc Series That Dominated In 2013

 
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We can't really talk about the best Second Life content of 2013 without mentioning Draxtor Despres and his mixed reality machinima profiles of characters, and creators. This year The Drax Files: World Makers filled NWN's Machinima category with short mini-documentaries about the real lives behind the avatars, and covering them has been one of my favorite parts of writing on this site. It's always interesting to see who Draxtor will cover next-- I'd even say it's half the fun of following the episodes. Maybe it'll be a name you've known for years, or maybe it will be your first time hearing about someone and their amazing work. It's a mixed bag, and a great way to expose yourself to people you may never have crossed paths with otherwise.

Suffice it to say that The Drax Files is a must-watch for anyone interested in virtual worlds and the people behind them. You can watch the latest episode in the series embedded above, or catch up on past episodes on Draxtor's YouTube channel

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Share Your RL Experiences on an Upcoming Virtual World Podcast From The Creator of The Drax Files: World Makers

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

Draxtor Despres, creator of The Drax Files: World Makers, needs your help on his latest endeavor. Alongside Jo Yardley (who has made an appearace in the mixed-reality machinima series herself), Draxtor is planning to launch The Drax Files Radio Hour, a virtual world podcast. It seems like this new branch of The Drax Files will blend some of the personal content that makes Draxtor's mixed-reality machinima series so compelling with current events and Second Life news items. 

Here's where you come in: While they're setting everything up they're looking to collect your stories for a segment on the first episode. Specifically, they want to hear stories of RL friends or family raising an eyebrow (or worse) at your presence in Second Life. Maybe they even cast a few tired stereotypes your way. In Draxtor's own words, "our goal here is to gather accounts of ignorant statements concerning SL and perhaps to find ways to combat them in the future. Or at least have a good laugh?"

If you're interested in contributing, call up "draxfiles" on Skype to have your story recorded. And just in case you're behind (like I was) be sure to catch up on the most recent episode of The Drax Files: World Makers here.

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Invisible Cities: Masterpiece Mixed Reality Opera Creates a Shared Virtual World Within Los Angeles' Union Station

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Invisible Cities is a mixed reality opera playing in Los Angeles' Union Station, and if you can attend this weekend or next week (when the show ends its run) you absolutely should. It's easily the best live public art I've ever seen, and more key, suggests an entirely new medium of performance ideal for the smartphone era, a time when all of us feel constantly connected and simultaneously cut off from the world around us.

Based on Italo Calvino's classic book of the same name, in which Marco Polo tells Kubla Khan about the fantastic cities he's visited in his travels, the opera uses wireless earphones and mics to create a shared virtual world within Los Angeles' cavernous, art deco-inflected train station. The performers quietly sing through small headset mics as they move through the station, and their voices are mixed with the music from a live orchestra at the end of the hall; while this happens, dancers in costumes designed to evoke different eras and cultures also perform throughout the station, creating the sense that they are citizens in these cities that Marco Polo describes.

Watch this video below to better understand what I mean:

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The Drax Files Goes Ourobouros: Watch A Machinima Mini-Doc About A Machinima Maker, Then Make Your Own

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

It's that time again! Draxtor Despres is back with an all-new episode of <em>The Drax Files: World Makers</em>, his ongoing mixed reality documentary project that shares the real and virtual lives of some of Second Life's most creative and outspoken users. Episode 12 introduces us to the man behind Ole Etzel and the <em>Mr. Bones</em> machinima series.

Watching this machinima ourobouros might just give you an itch to direct a virtual production of your own, and you're in luck if it does... But first thing's first. Watch episode 12 of The Drax Files after the cut.

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Ami Yamato Meets Breaking Bad: Watch The Latest Reality-Bending Video From A Virtual YouTuber

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

Ami Yamato's latest video might be one of her most impressive (and most endearing) yet. The virtual YouTube personality (who I wrote about earlier this year) usually keeps things pretty tame, walking around the very real outdoors or talking about mundane life details in her equally real apartment. Her newest video, however, is a rather ambitious take on Breaking Bad, pitting Walter White against a rather menacing Miss Yamato in a tense stand-off.

I don't watch Breaking Bad myself, so it's hard for me to say, but if you're behind on the show you may want to skip this one.

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The Drax Files Returns, Shining a Spotlight on SL and RL Style Icon Elie Spot

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

After a brief summer hiatus, Draxtor Despres is back with a new episode of our favorite mixed-reality mini-documentary series. The latest installment of The Drax Files: World Makers features Elie Spot, one half of the wildly popular brand Mon Tissu, one third of the wildly stylish sim Mayfair, and one of the sweetest digital designers you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting. Watch the full episode after the cut!

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Check Out The Latest Episode of Draxtor Despres' Mixed Reality Documentaries, The Drax Files: World Builders

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There's an all-new episode of Draxtor Despres' documentary machinima series, The Drax Files: World Builders, out today -- and you can watch it right here!

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Get the Inside Story On Some of Second Life's Most Beautiful Spaces With Draxtor Despres' Latest Mixed Reality Videos

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One of Second Life's most acclaimed journalists and machinima artists has a new project, and it'll give you some amazing insight into the kinds of people that not only use Second Life, but shape the virtual world around them. The Drax Files: World Builders by Draxtor Despres recently came out with its second episode, featuring the face of SL's 1920's Berlin (and NWN reader) Jo Yardley. Take a look for yourself after the jump.

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MakieLab Makes Making Makies Even Easier on iOS (Though It's Still a Mouthful to Say!)

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If you've been waiting to turn your avatar (or even yourself) into a posable and customizable doll, it's now easier than ever. Makies Doll Factory, released earlier this month, is the latest development from MakieLab, the makers of Makies (try saying that ten times fast.) This free iOS app (which you can grab in the App Store) lets users design their own custom 3D printed dolls with even more options than before, and comes with new pricing options for those looking to bring their Makies into reality.

If you're curious about customizing a Makie of your own from the comfort of your iPad, keep reading! (Update: Ridiculously wrong video link fixed, sorry folks! But hey, at least you know how to make Rice-a-Roni now!)

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