Twas the Day of Solstice and all through the net
Snow Colored Pixels on MMOGs they did set
Old Ascalon Covered in Wintry Delight
Inspired many to engage in a snowball fight
Then skating in SL at the Winterfest Inn
An axel, a flip, and even a spin
Then on to the ski lift, a ride to the top
For Heroes and Villains ski down the big drop
Lets do it again! Once is never enough!
But this time we’ll skinny ski in the buff
Laguna Beach winter looks more like Australia
But Christmas in There, hey what can I tell ya?
For Winter Solstice comes a visit from Santa
Who warms me up with a Flaming Banana
The daytime is short and so is this verse
Happy Holidays to all in the 3D Metaverse!
Once upon a time There had water but only the best computers could render it so they dropped it.
Now with the MTV hosted Virtual Laguna Beach starting, they decided to bring it back. The ground under the water is no longer blue, but sandy and the texture of the water is similar to water used in the hot tubs. More interestingly the water subtlely moves up and down giving a weak impression of waves against the shore.
One of the cool effects of glass blue oceans in There though is the buggy effect. On water in There, TUV’s reach speeds of 280 kmh without turbo.
Unfortunately, my experiments in VLB show that the TUV has a cruising speed of 180 kmh on the new water. To do the experiments I hacked in a copy of the GPS compass of there as it has a decent speedometer.
Here is hoping this speed change does not happen when water reaches There (and accourding to the head of There Inc. it soon will), as it will peeve a lot of people off including myself. Slamming buggys into the shoreline while going top speed is a hilariously fun activity in There.
For all intents and purposes, this is just another incarnation of There, complete with shopping, spas, hoverboards, buggys, chatting, etc. just with a california theme instead of an aztec/hawaiian theme. The avatars have changed a little, but the spas have all the same controls, so you can keep the same look if you want.
One feature VLB has that There does not: Streaming Video. I guess if you are going to partner with MTV, you better have streaming video capabilities.
Currently VLB does not have voice chat, but you know it will be coming soon. The program is in “Alpha” testing right now, though it looks pretty damn finished already.
UPDATE: I tried to be ArianeB, but it said the name was taken, which tells me that you have to use names not taken in There. Actually the rule is that if you were a submitted/accepted designer in There, then you cant use the name in VLA, which makes sense since there can only be one KittenKat or Phedre, etc.
Also VLA is actually based on that Kalifornia island, though you can’t get to it from There. Proof: http://www.so-there.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=1951&d=1154879569