I Explored Second Life's Forgotten Worlds With an Oculus Rift

Don't call it a comeback. Second Life has been here for years—eleven, this month—but after the virtual world's much-vaunted debut, the online universe slowly slipped out of the cultural consciousness, now infrequently referenced more as a punchline than legitimate popular hangout. Unless you, like I did last week,… » 7/01/14 2:20pm 7/01/14 2:20pm

This Second Life Ballet Is the Geocities of Digital Erotica (NSFW)

So many avatars. Such nakedness and stark beauty. Wow, and this goes on for nearly 10 minutes. Who does that, who has time? » 5/02/14 12:00am 5/02/14 12:00am

The Pope Doesn't Want Your Soul Hanging Out in Second Life

At a congress of Catholic media last week, Pope Benedict XVI warned that new technologies could cause people to confuse virtual worlds with our real one. Unfortunately, it looks like there's no salvation for avatars. » 10/13/10 7:52am 10/13/10 7:52am

Busy Raising Virtual Baby, Couple Lets Their Real Baby Starve

This is upsetting. A South Korean couple was arrested for starving their baby to death, reportedly only feeding her once a day after marathon sessions at an internet cafe. What was keeping them so busy? Their virtual baby. » 3/06/10 9:00am 3/06/10 9:00am

What the iPhone Has Needed All Along is Coming: Sparkle, A 3D Virtual…

A company called Genkii is hoping to rope a chunk of the 40-million worldwide web-connected phones and iTouches into a new 3D avatar-based virtual world, Sparkle. Too bad virtual worlds died around 4 years ago. » 3/23/09 10:20am 3/23/09 10:20am

City of Decatur, Georgia Mulling Virtual World Interface

Not one to be outdone by the likes of PlayStation Home, World of Warcraft, or even that cesspool of flying dildos Second Life, the city of Decatur, Georgia might be going virtual. » 12/21/08 3:00pm 12/21/08 3:00pm

Things Virtual Reality China Will Not Prep You For (And What You Can Do…

The U.S. is injecting a good $1.25 million into a new “virtual training ground” for American diplomats who plan on working in China called “The Second China Project.” It's a pretend city in Linden Lab's Second Life that purportedly will help almost-expatriots get used to the environment in the world's most populous… » 10/30/08 11:00pm 10/30/08 11:00pm

Sony's PlayStation Home Expands Beta This Summer, Goes Open Beta Fall…

PlayStation Home, the long-awaited PlayStation 3 social networking++ app, is finally going to see open beta starting Fall 2008. Before that, if you're one of the few lucky users chosen by Sony, you'll be able to participate in the closed beta expanding some time in Summer 2008. No other real features have been… » 4/22/08 2:01am 4/22/08 2:01am

Apple Patent Filing Hints at Second Life-Style Storefront

A recent patent filing by Apple Inc. entitled Enhancing Online Shopping Atmosphere indicates that Steve Jobs' next BOOM could involve a hat tip to virtual worlds like Second Life. According to the filing, Apple is considering a more interactive visual representation of its online store complete with changing weather… » 4/20/08 7:00pm 4/20/08 7:00pm

3D-Sensing Cameras Bring Second Life One Step Closer To The Metaverse

Those of you who have always wanted to move around Second Life while actually moving around may be in luck. Linden Lab Chair Mitchell Kapor has teamed up with 3DV Systems to show the Zcam, an inexpensive video camera that can judge when you're leaning forward and backwards. No news yet on whether it can also sense… » 4/12/08 11:00am 4/12/08 11:00am

SpaceNavigator 3D Mouse Gives Full Range of Motion to Second Life…

3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator, a rubber-capped multi-axis metal dial meant mainly for 3D design, has been put to even better use as a pan-dimensional controller for Second Life. The video says it all: watch as Beast, one of the "Lindens" who works at Second Life's founder company, demos movement of his avatar on both… » 4/03/08 4:00am 4/03/08 4:00am

Samsung Unveils...Second Life

Since it's April 2nd, we guess this news is legit. Samsung has announced that they've developed a Second Life client for their mobile phones, allowing their users to jack...in anywhere in the world. And while at least a little technically impressive, we're wondering what drove Samsung to support a game that's been… » 4/02/08 8:19am 4/02/08 8:19am

Dumb Crooks Drop Clues In MySpace, Facebook, Second Life

Turns out, it's a dumb idea to post "I just killed two cops" on your MySpace page. That's what some idiot did, and learned the hard way that cops are rediscovering their home computers, and hitting MySpace, Facebook and even Second Life in search of clues. » 11/06/07 9:18am 11/06/07 9:18am

And yeah, I'm embarrassed to say that it was in my home…

Second Life Gets Brain Controls


A brain-computer interface (BCI) system has been developed by the Keio University Biomedical Engineering Laboratory that allows a Second Life avatar to be controlled simply by a user's thoughts. By using a electrode-equipped headpiece that receives signals from the brain's motor cortex which is connected to a EEG… » 10/12/07 7:15pm 10/12/07 7:15pm

Sony Ericsson Virtually Floundering at CeBIT

For those who enjoy the almost-game Second Life, Sony set up a virtual CeBIT area for the Sony Ericcson line. But apparently it isn't going very well... » 3/18/07 2:35pm 3/18/07 2:35pm

Anyone out there want to do some more Second Life/CeBIT reporting for us? Send it to tips! I appreciate that Sony tried, even if it wasn't a huge hit.

PlayStation Home Combines the Best of Nintendo's Miis, a few Xbox 360…

Click to viewTurns out the rumor was spot on. Sony's officially announcing the Home—or PlayStation Home as it's less confusingly known—feature for the PS3. We got a demo of it last night from Sony, and we can definitely say we were impressed. Very impressed. » 3/07/07 1:30pm 3/07/07 1:30pm

Pioneer's Customers Are Second Life Characters

We're happy to report that Gary Coleman (in animated Asian form) has found a job promoting Pioneer's super duper gadget that's so awesome they couldn't even show us what it is. Apparently, Pioneer's customers are virtual Second Life characters and are only too happy to show off virtual products. Can you tell that… » 1/07/07 10:39am 1/07/07 10:39am

Fabjectory: Second Life Avatars Jump from In-World to Real World

Looking to bring that Second Life avatar one step closer to reality? Fabjectory will take your virtual object file and turn it into a 7-inch voodoo doll. The company says logos, tattoos and rings make the transition very well, but admits that wings, ribbons, and prim hair don't look so great. It's $99 for a standard… » 10/09/06 10:40am 10/09/06 10:40am

OLPCities: A Second Life Game for OLPC Students

A new software project from Brazil called OLPCities seems to be shaping up to be a "Second Life" game for OLPC-using students. Second Life is a game where you create a virtual avatar and go around a virtual world doing boring things and giving random strangers your money so they can be featured on BusinessWeek—only a… » 10/03/06 7:45pm 10/03/06 7:45pm

3D Printing for Second Life Residents

Those amongst you who spend all your waking time on Second Life: rejoice! Simon Spartalian and Mike Beradino of Recursive Instruments are launching a milling service for SL users on June 1, so you can have actual physical representations of your avatar, builds or favorite SL objects made out of anything from foam to… » 5/18/06 3:10pm 5/18/06 3:10pm