Saturday, August 13, 2011

SL Begats Primville?

Linden Lab will soon launch a light, game-like experience that’s separate from Second Life that will emphasize the SL values of creatitvity and alternate identities, but architected to run on the web and tablets.
     - Hamlet Au, on his blog today.
With so little to go on, let me speculate wildly starting with WTF?

So, in other words, this won't be Second Life. It sounds like a non-competitive version of Farmville or some other social network-heavy wannabe-successor. This doesn't sound like this is really for current customers (we are commodities to The Lab, mind you, not Residents) and it doesn't sound like implementation of the technologies to Our World in a capable Web browser as was tested late last year (Web). Rather than cultivate a new customer base or possibly mine the existing one by drawing them away from the current product, why can't The Lab give us a new, convenient way to keep doing what we clearly want to do?

Again, that is wild speculation. I could be completely wrong. But with The Lab's track record thus far ...

3 comments:

Deoridhe said...

I was listening to the same thing, and it sounded more like the designers were building something to get their feet wet in SL which involved roleplaying and some sort of NPC bots.

Uccello Poultry said...

That would be interesting to see. It still sounds like a separate "world," but I supposed it could tie into places avatars like us could go. I'm sure they could use the revenue if it succeeds.

Deoridhe said...

I'm pretty sure it was being built IN Second Life.