Insilico Remembered: Memorial Videos to the Late-Great Cyberpunk City of Second Life

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:

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Some SLers Wonder If Insilico Could Have Been Saved

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:

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More & More Virtual Fashion Bloggers Now Vlogging Too

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.)

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MMO Blogger Asks, Can Second Life Be Pretty?

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.

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Avatar Takes the 10 Minute Stripped Down Challenge

On YouTube's massive community of video bloggers, the "Stripped Down Challenge" is a popular video segment where the vlogger extemporizes unedited about what they think and feel for ten straight  minutes. So what happens when the vlogger is an avatar? Something like this:

Alicia Chenaux is the challenge taker, of course, talking about her Wordpress blog, her virtual family, and many other random topics. It's casual, it's chatty, it's a fun way of getting insights into virtual world culture.

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Weekend Viewing: "Singularity of Kumiko", Dream-Like Second Life Machinima Funded by Canadian Government

Last January I told you that Bryn Oh received a grant from the Canadian government to create a Second Life machinima, so I'm glad to show it to you now. Get comfortable, get popcorn, it's nearly a half hour of beautifully moody, dream-like viewing:

"The Singularity of Kumiko" was funded with a New Media art grant by the Ontario Arts Council, and it's a good thing they helped -- because, Bryn tells me, the most difficult aspect of producing this Second Life machinima wasn't artistic, but financial:

"I think the most difficult practical aspect would have been [SL land] tier," as she puts it. "The story had to be written, then built in the virtual environment, then exhibited for months. I was tempted to say writing the story was hardest, then was thinking of the many months it took in building each model for the story... but really in the end the hardest part is paying for a region for so long as it is being created. I accept that it is a part of working in this medium, but it is still a difficult barrier."

Since it was funded by real life arts organization, will "Kumiko" be shown in an IRL museum or gallery?

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Here's the Inevitable Pokémon Go in Second Life Machinima

Because every Internet-powered trend inevitably winds up in some form in Second Life:

Created by Mistell Production Film, the answer to your first question is no, this is not actually a version of Pokémon Go that's playable in Second Life, but a fan-made tribute machinima to the augmented reality game/TV show/etc. However, according to one viewer, there is at least one playable Pokémon Go game for SLers currently in production:

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Polygon's "Monster Factory" Hosts Hilariously Insane Party That Captures Second Life At Its Freeform, Anarchic Best

Well this is a pretty excellent treat to come back to after a long weekend: Polygon vidcasters Justin and Griffin McElroy's "Monster Factory" with their best and funniest visit to Second Life -- and for my money, the best "Let's Play SL" video so far. Don't believe me? Watch:

It starts with a party in a giant pizza crashed by a cavalcade of avatars of every possible shape and form, and continues to get increasingly insane, anarchic, and hilarious, to the point where one of the hosts finally enthuses:

"The image I've got right now is two dragons fighting to save a marshmallow man. Second Life is the best game ever made."

I was kinda blah on their previous outings in SL, but with this video, the McElroys finally capture Second Life at its best: 

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Watch Polygon Play Politicized Pizza Troll in Second Life

After a long delay, Polygon's Griffin McElroy is back in Second Life for pizza and political-flavored quasi-trolling hijinks. (Watch Part 1 from last September here.) Unlike the many trolls besieging SL lately, Griffin and pal are pretty good-natured smartasses. If anything, I just wish they'd visit cooler, more popular sites in SL. As one of them casually notes, it's sad to see so many well-made places seem like ghost towns. In fact, I'd put it regular NWN readers: What are the best SL sites with lots of regular users with a sense of humor for these guys to visit next? 

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Virtual Donald Trump Trolling Second Life Still Somehow Less Juvenile than Real Life Donald Trump

Now that Trump's virtual mansion in Second Life has become big news, the inevitable has happened:

Like I said last year, trolling videos in Second Life is quite literally a cottage industry on YouTube, so it was inevitable this would happen. And while I generally don't blog trolling videos, this one is actually on the relative low end of offensiveness. (I'm more offended this dude's Trump avatar doesn't look anything like actual Trump.) Even more notable:

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