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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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Luther Weymann

Hey, come on guys. Look at Linden's history, it's simply awful. How many times during the history of SL did Linden upgrade the builder’s tools set to something wonderful that encourages the core content creators in SL? Never? How about that huge enhancement to LSL, did that happen? What about land prices and number of prims, that could keep more residents to stay. Nope, too little too late. And now Sansar with no path from SL to Sansar. SL has had at least forty million people register and most have left but did Linden Research put their money into a Sansar upgrade of SL in order to attract those forty million to give it another try. Nope. In the history of Silicon Valley/Bay Area software companies, these type of decisions is notorious for how stupidly bad they are. You simply cannot do business like this and now Linden Research may eventually have a total loss with Sansar, because for almost twenty years it has been one poor decision after another, and each one followed the same path, which is "we know better than our customers". That's what they have bet the farm on, that they know better than their user base, and they came to that conclusion by not really using their own product. Go figure.

Chic Aeon

This has of course been a very hot topic with just enough info for most everyone to be very confused :D.

I mentioned the SL on STEAM debacle and was assured by an official folk that they had learned their lesson and had been talking to Valve a lot on this (have no idea what that really means but ).

Also official they will only be using the Steam Wallet so that folks with Steam credits can buy things on the STORE easily. The cashing out of money will still be via Sansar; the STORE will work as normal.

Some fees are going away. Conversion rate is changing. Some folks will get a grandfathered (better) conversion rate.

It was a shock for most but when ALL the information is dispensed it may not be as big a deal as it seemed. Anyone that wants to keep abreast can to to the Friday Project Meeting or watch on Twitch OR hopefully Inara will have written notes (always nicer for me).

From what I have seen on DISCORD most creators are in a wait and see mode while we shuffle though the information and dis-information and find out what is really going on.

See the DISCORD channel (sansar) for all that has been talked about.

Chic Aeon

ALSO there was a much longer explanation (than the email) on the website and on Discord.

There was no mention of HAVING to login via STEAM (that may or may not be the case).

As a "reporter" it is always good to INVESTIGATE BEFORE POSTING which of course you seldom do LOL. So perhaps, on the off chance that you want to be more credible, you might actually ATTEND that meeting and give us some first hand insights on the subject.

Just sayin'.

Jipsy Jupsy

Sansar is garbage, when video games flop one of the last attempts of a company is to put it on a game platform hoping to get some visitors, still the product is garbage and steam users are not stupid. You have to be an complete fool to invest time or resources in Sansar.

LinuxGamer

Valve debuted 'Proton' it's Windows application layer just recently. Search on Youtube 'Steam Proton' and you'll find linux users running windows only games. This means Sansar has a good chance it will now run in Linux. Valve is also working on supporting VR on Linux. I think this is important enough to be included with articles reporting Sansar on Steam but so far it hasn't been mentioned. Proton is in Beta but I think it's worth mentioning because it changes the game as far as gaming in Linux is concerned.

Clara Seller

Well, LL is trying every trap and snare they can think of to get bodies into their creation, even when people will chew their limbs off to avoid it.

As Luther Weymann pointed out, everyone had to pay a very high price for this narcissistic "content creators are king" kingdom. How much do you want to bet that the final narrative will be an attempt to blame this failure on everyone except the people who created it?

This whole Sansar project would make a great Twilight Zone episode featuring the Linden book of "To Serve Customers". I can see poor little Patty Resident waving her mesh attachments and screaming from her broken mesh head "Don't get on that ship...To Serve Customers...it's a cookbook!".

Formerly known as BTE

lol lmao Clara i can see ebbe as that big headed alien on the ship:)

Susan

Anyone who has a VR Headset knows about Sansar already. There just aren't that many VR platforms out there and if you've invested the money in the gear you already know about them all.

Steam isn't going to get new VR users into Sansar because Steam is for gamers. There is nothing in Sansar that compares with a real game. Steamers are going to chew this up and spit it out. Sansar is not a game and it's not even a very good virtual world and it's way too unfinished for Steam no matter how they position themselves.

Sansar seems to be deliberately avoiding it's biggest opportunity. Instead of trying to be a gaming platform dependent on users to create games for them or a weird virtual museum with very limited interaction, they should have concentrated on what you can BE in Sansar. This is what other games lack - character customization in most games is nothing like it can be in a virtual world. But the limitations on the avatars in Sansar is a joke. A real game can get away with that because it has other things going for it, but not a virtual world.

Sansar is a beautiful world with a lot of potential, more than the other virtual worlds, in my opinion, but they seem determined to make it something it just will never be and they are shooting themselves in the foot.

This Steam move smacks of corporate theatre - they are doing "something" about the problem - it won't work but they have to do something. I wonder how many lost their jobs over the closing of the Sandex? That would save them some money - see, that's "something" too! And they are getting more for a sand dollar or whatever they call it - that's also "something". I was once very hyped up on Sansar but I have to admit, I've lost hope.

vwfan

It will be interesting to see what the Steam reviews say about Sansar. Linden Lab does have a discontinued pay-for game listed on Steam called Patterns and the reviews are very negative. That doesn't help Linden Lab much since some Steamers do research, but I assume Sansar will be free for starters so we'll see. Although, I have to agree with Susan's and Luther's thoughts.

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