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365 days of SL, day 332

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Feb. 9th, 2013 | 12:34 pm

365 days of SL, day 332:


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There used to be a time when Second Life – the Metaverse, as it were – was quite popular with not just companies but also institutions of higher learning, at least in the USA. I think interest has waned, but many of the sims and estates from those days are still online.

The University of Idaho's estate is one example. We visited this one last night; it's located off the coast of Corsica, in the Eastern Sea, in an area that's home to many such estates. It was, in a word, aesthetically pleasing (OK, that's two words) — well-designed, well-built, obviously a professional job.


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The only downside was that my video card still wasn't quite up to the task of handling all of it at once. Oh, framerates etc. were no problem, but with the draw distance set to the maximum of 1 km, objects and even entire sims kept blinking in and out of existence. Since I was tired and since it was late, anyway, we decided to not explore the whole estate further, although I'm sure roaming around a bit would've been fun.

We may well go back some time, if only to get a feeling for the promise that SL held for higher learning in its (SL's, not higher learning's) heyday.

Location: University Idaho VTD (134, 252, 24) (University of Idaho - Virtual Technology and Design (VTD))

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