Lovely little video to start the new year from Cassandra Middles, who shows us how she creates a visually striking Second Life photo, not just with post-processing but a customized WindLight filter and other in-world tricks. Here's the final image:
This year we saw a definite decline of great Second Life machinima in terms of full-fledged narrative videos, but we also saw more and more people embrace "Let's Play"-style videos popular on YouTube. On the downside that continued including a lot of trolls who turned Second Life into their favorite platform -- on the upside, it included videos like this one above. Which as I wrote:
Does this video featuring the avatar and whispery voice of Strawberry Singh give you a delicious tickling sensation on your spine? Because that's precisely what an ASMR video, which this is, is supposed to do. As Janine Hawkins once explained, it's a popular sub-genre of gaming videos on YouTube:
Magnificent Monday machinima: ClaireDiLuna Chevalier created this high-definition documentary of the Petrovsky Flux, a wonderfully strange self-assembling, self-destructing steampunk sky city. Created by blotto Epsilon and Cutea Benelli,the Petrovsky Flux is the successor to the Bogon Flux, which they made in 2008.
The great Insilico cyberpunk city sims are going away this month, but before they do, "Veemonthedemonking" shot this in-depth exploration and memorial to what we've lost. Above, he explores the Central & South sims. After the break, he plunges into Insilico's East & Southeast sims:
With weeks left for the soon-to-evaporate landmark Second Life location, this melancholy (and curiously empty of avatars) tribute by Die Villa. Perhaps more poignant, some longtime SLers say Insilico could have been saved if it had been made more sustainable. As regular readers Rin and Rei put it:
I'm seeing more YouTube videos like this on a regular basis -- SL fashion bloggers turning on the video capture to record and upload SL fashion vlogs. (This one in particular being from UK fashionista Saffron in the blogosphere and The Sulphur Rose on YouTube, who's got a great voice and personality for video.)
Spoiler: Yes, if you're willing to take the time and effort to make it so. Not totally surprising, as MMO YouTuber/longtime MMO blogger Beau Hindman has been writing about and playing in Second Life for over a decade.