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Second Life

  1. New Study On Virtual Avatar Skin Color Demonstrates Why Diversity Matters

    This stuff is important, guys.

    Massive multiplayer online games are great because they allow you to become any type of person you want to be. Of course, most people are pretty egocentric and still find it more fun to create characters who look vaguely like them in some way on the first go-around. But for those whose skin colors aren't as widely represented in the gaming world, MMOs are an entirely different experience.

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  2. Female Avatars in Second Life Wear More Revealing Clothes Than Male Counterparts

    In keeping with trends set by pretty much every video game and adolescent male fantasy in the history of forever, female avatars in the digital realm are more likely to be scantily clad than their male counterparts. That's according to a study of digital fashion in online play space Second Life by researchers at Laval University, who we'd like to thank for reminding us that Second Life is still, apparently, a thing.

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  3. Second Life Residents Sue Linden Labs Over Land

    Question: Remember Second Life? You know, that crazy yet kind of cool virtual world that a little while ago was less a game and more, for some, "the future of the web." The same virtual world that never saw the kind of widespread paradigm shift that it was supposed to bring about. Kind of like Google Wave.

    Another question: Are you invested enough in a social network or virtual world to sue them for perceived wrongdoing? Many of you likely aren't, and probably laugh at the idea.

    So, it should stand to reason that the idea of "residents" within Second Life suing creator company Linden Labs over rights to virtual land would sound litigious in the extreme, right? Because they are. Not so fast, though.

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  4. Second Life Founder Working on Sentient, Dreaming AI

    Since founding Second Life, Philip Rosedale has moved on: he currently runs LoveMachine, a company that describes itself as "a team of people using disruptive technologies to very rapidly build things that can make money and have a shot at saving the world." Case in point: they're currently working on a project to simulate a functional, virtual brain that manifests itself as a sentient artificial intelligence in the world of Second Life, and even dreams.

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