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Monday, April 11, 2011


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Bettina Tizzy

The real news for me is that AM Radio is leaving ALL virtual worlds in 6 months. That means no new work. The end.

Arcadia Codesmith

Who would be an artist if you had to pay a monthly rental for each canvas?

Ann Otoole InSL

How many "sims on a stick" can run on a $300 dedicated host?

Ann Otoole InSL

The reason I ask is because art installations don't need that much processing power.

John Lopez

"Who would be an artist if you had to pay a monthly rental for each canvas?"

Quoted for truth. There are plenty of havens for other types of independent art on the Internet (images, music, video, animation and games) where you can host your work for free or even make a bit of money off of them by advertising or prints or micro-transactions.

3D immersive art has Open Sim grids as options now at $10-$60 a month, but that still is upside down from all the other mediums.

Nyoko Salome

:\ it sucks to see more people downsizing/leaving the main grid. the recession keeps tramping downward upon the poor. :\


The entire region of AM Radio's "The Far Away" is available as a downloadable OAR file here: http://bit.ly/hzujSB

Ignatius Onomatopoeia

While I was not paying attention, "Sim Deathwatch" has become a regular feature here at NWN.

April is the cruelest month.

Metacam Oh

This 295 a month for 1/8 of a server at the Lab price structure needs to change. I can lease a brand new car for that much.

Stef Lohnna

"known only by his avatar name" ... 80% of all RL actors, artists, musicians are "only" known by their "avatar name" ... it's called stage-name or pseudonym ...
i guess AM Radio is one of these guys responsible for SL becoming a niche ...

Jo yardley

That is shocking.
His sim is one of the most amazing sims I've seen in 2 years of SL.
I've always felt LL should support those few sims that are so unique and well made that they improve SL in some way and even try to rescue amazing sims to keep them from disappearing.
Especially the AM Radio sims are so lovely they should not be lost.
Aren't they perfect sims that show the world the possibilities of SL, that it is not all just Sex malls, dance clubs and perverts running around?
Isn't the AM sim not a marvelous sim to bring people to who are totally new to SL?

LL should make sure this sim won't dissapear.
There are not many sims in SL that should get the status of a monument, but I think this one should.

Robustus Hax

I don't think SL should support any sims in that manner, because it will always be seen as favoritism, for those who are not the chosen ones of the Lab. (Although I am in favor of tier reduction as a method of reviving SL) I think the SL community needs to figure out how to support the arts, musicians, media, public servants etc. They seem to get the raw end of the deal because they are not a tangible "Virtual Good" that you can buy on the marketplace. I am guilty of this as well, exploring SL it is not always on the top of my mind that maybe the sim owner could use a donation (without stumbling across some sort of tip jar) Maybe something actually built into the SL viewer that can be activated by estate owners, perhaps a status bar "Donations until tier is met" that could be turned on as a preference to remind visitors that someone needs to pay the bill for this gorgeous hang out location. Either way, we need to figure out how to support the arts now, and not wait until we are all complaining that they have disappeared.

Emperor Norton

Robustus Hax @"I think the SL community needs to figure out how to support the arts, musicians, media, public servants etc."

Why? Linden Lab AKA The pancake breakfast paradise South of Market, is a for profit company. They can eat the cost of something that enhances their product like any other company.

Robustus Hax

@Emperor Yes they can do whatever they want, but where do you draw the line? If they pick and choose which sims to save, you will be opening up a whole issue of more select favoritism by the Lab. It's just my opinion, but as operators of the platform "Second Life" they should stay neutral. If sims are disappearing because of the costs, which they are, no doubt, then Linden needs to rethink their prices, not come in and save random sims, choosen by who, and what are the qualifications?

Emperor Norton

Robustus Hax @ "If sims are disappearing because of the costs, which they are, no doubt, then Linden needs to rethink their prices, not come in and save random sims, choosen by who, and what are the qualifications?"

Yes, I agree, at 295 a month still LL believes their own hype.

Pixels Sideways

RL Museums and galleries pick and choose which artists/works they choose to invest in , collect, promote and exhibit so why not Linden Lab?

Wordfromthe Wise

i would glady host (for free) dying art from SL on one of my osgrid islands. i hate to see such amazing Art dying .. just yesterday i loaded the Further Away .oar file so people can enjoy it outside SL.

best regrads
Wordfromthe Wise

AM Radio

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?
— The Mad Hatter"


It takes a lot of time and energy to set up a high quality art piece in sl. Linden Lab could afford to keep these or not as a LL Museum Collection? Would it cost LL a lot of ressources why doesnt LL do it? To support art and creativity? Virtual World art is unique in that we could actually visit it, and not just see some static pictures. AM Radio's sim, Greenies, and Clock Island are amongst the ones I think worth keeping. I heard of Black Swan but never visited. Without high quality sims, SL will become more and more "function" oriented. Boring to visit.

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