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THE MYTH OF PRIM LAG

    One of claims I hear from time to time... both from users and server companies... is that prims cause "lag".   The more prims you have, the more lag they create.  There is also the concept of prims taking more server memory.

    While prims do take up a bit of RAM*, the claim that prim count causes lag is a myth.    We know this because we tested this claim years ago, on Second Life and put an end to that myth forever-- or so we had hoped.  Some monsters just won't die,…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on July 18, 2016 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

Let's Make a Fantastic Welcome Center

    We've been discussing extensively the stagnation and decline of virtual reality.   As of today, OSgrid is in its second day of being offline without a word from the grid operators.   So the problems we've been discussing are quite real.   EDIT:  OSgrid is now back online, thanks to an amazing tech who reportedly fixed the problem from a cell phone. 

 

    But it's one thing to discuss problems; it's another to do something about them.   We have stated that the…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on July 7, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

WHY ISN'T VIRTUAL REALITY GROWING?

"Stagnation and declining numbers should be sufficient warning to the wise." 

    This is a follow-up to this post.  I would like to encourage Elf Clan members and other readers to circulate this blog URL to your friends and anyone who cares.   This time I'm keeping things relatively short and to-the-point.

    From Inworldz to Second Life to…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on June 20, 2016 at 7:00am — 117 Comments

HOW TO HELP INWORLDZ GROW

IMPROVING INWORLDZ

Note:  See also  Let's Make a Fantastic Welcome Center

    Recently I had a nice conversation with Elenia via email (she really is very pleasant to email-chat with) and we discussed how to make Inworldz grow- an item of interest to most of us.  In consideration of privacy I won't discuss the conversation itself or Ele's thoughts…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on April 25, 2016 at 6:00pm — 123 Comments

What Has Elf Clan Accomplished on Inworldz?

    A quick note about our presence on Inworldz.  There is no denying that Elf Clan pairing with Inworldz was a good decision.   But what have we accomplished there?  Some things are obvious.  Some things may not be so obvious.

LOTS AND LOTS OF REGIONS

    First of all, consider some 50+ regions.   Our group lands are larger than we ever believed would be possible... and indeed would not have been possible on Second Life (we couldn't even keep 2…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 13, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Not-So Fantastic Four

Being a fan of scifi and fantasy, I realize retelling of stories is part of our heritage.  We often hear and see the same story told and retold.  Each re-telling adds a bit to the interest of the tale, the story-teller putting his or her own flare into the rendering.

That acknowledged, one has to wonder why anyone thought it necessary to re-do The Fantastic Four movie.  Or the origin of Spiderman for that matter. 

Gene Kelly often stated that he doesn't reprise…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on September 27, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

GROWTH FOR INWORLDZ

This was posted on Inworldz forums but I decided to post it here as well, as part of the ongoing history of Elf Clan's involvement with virtual reality and Inworldz.





CUSTOMER OR COMPANY RESPONSIBILITY?

It has been suggested that the task of growth falls on the customers. That has indeed been the case for the last several years, but that phase is past.



There are only so many contacts customers…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on November 20, 2014 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

WHY ELF CLAN CHOSE INWORLDZ

Most of our current members are aware of these things already, but for those who are still on Second Life and wonder why we chose to move to Inworldz... here are the reasons.

Elf Clan left Second Life due to significant issues with company Linden Lab that cost our group more than US $50,000, eight sims and the time, effort and dedication put in to building those sims over a period of 7 years (which issues are discussed elsewhere in these blogs). There's no need to rehash those…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on September 14, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The New Who

The following is a major edit of the original blog, for good reason:  I happened to see a pre-release of the third episode of season 8 Doctor Who and thought it was the first episode... so was under incorrect assumption when I originally wrote the piece.

Since then I have seen episode 1 when it was released to the public, which has presented a different look at the series itself but didn't really change my opinion of episode 3 at all.  However it has changed…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on August 18, 2014 at 2:00pm — 14 Comments

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE INWORLDZ VIRTUAL FOUNDER

Greetings.  My name is Johnn Doeh and I am an Inworldz Virtual Founder.*  I would like to explain some of the main points of our TOS, due to the fact there has been such an uproar over the differences between our TOS and the updated TOS of another grid.  Here are the highlights of the Inworldz TOS:

* COPYRIGHTS. Inworldz doesn't own anything you make.  We don't even pretend to own anything you make.  All we really want rights to do is display your work on our…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on July 20, 2014 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Gartner Hype Cycle and Virtual Reality

Member Koni Lanzius sent me information on a trendline called the "Gartner Hype Cycle".  Koni writes:

"The Gartner Hype cycle is an insider business predictor that describes where a particular type of innovation sits on the cycle of hype... due to it's perceived profitability (this one looks at the *educational* hype cycle) but notice how virtual worlds are on the upswing and heading into the "Slope of enlightenment", after spending time in the "Trough of…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on July 13, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Working With Inworldz

Due to recent incidents on the Inworldz grid I felt it appropriate to post this blog and establish where I and indeed Elf Clan stands in dealing with the Inworldz company.  We support Inworldz.  We may not always agree on everything, but we abide by company policies.  Just as people follow the Elf Clan Charter because they respect our goals... Elf Clan supports Inworldz and its TOS for the same reason. 

As Inworldz customers we have a choice:  work with the grid or…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on July 10, 2014 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Could "Social VR" Overthrow Creative VR?

In another blog entitled SL2-- Prediction Time I discussed the likelihood of social VR's impact on our existing virtual environment... namely creative-based systems (appealing to builders).  In that article I stated that Inworldz probably need not worry about SL2 as it will be a different social structure than the current VR concept.

In this article we'll discuss "What if that premise is…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on July 9, 2014 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

SL2-- PREDICTION TIME!

I've avoided making "predictions" for some time now.  First, while Second Life has seriously declined both in region count and Premium users, they didn't actually self-destruct as I predicted in 2012.  I was partially right but mostly wrong; somehow they managed to hang in there. That's okay.  Predictions are always "iffy" at best... and SL customers have tolerated a lot more absurdity than I figured they would. 

Predictions are always a shot-in-the-dark, even when based on…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on July 6, 2014 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

Is the Virtual Reality Market Saturated?

-- a commentary by Wayfinder Wishbringer, Founder of Elf Clan

IS VIRTUAL REALITY SATURATED?

Over the past few months a statement has been repeated in the Inworldz forums, namely that the virtual reality market is "saturated"... that Second Life has already pulled as many potential customers from the market as are likely to exist and that any new customers are going to have to come from a totally new-concept market.

Personally... I…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on July 5, 2014 at 9:30pm — 10 Comments

Grids Now Offering Larger Regions

In a recent issue of Hypergrid Business there appeared an article talking about grids offering larger regions at no additional cost.  HB quotes one of the grid owners:

"“We don’t raise the price as long as they don’t need to scale the server resources,” he said. This means that long as region renters continue to have the same…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on June 16, 2014 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

The Virtual World Uphill Struggle

-- A commentary by Wayfinder, as is my occasional habit  ; )

We've all read a great deal lately about problems with Virtual worlds, specifically Inworldz because this is our home.  Some view such as "negativity".  I view such as solid gold customer feedback.  Companies pay for this kind of "information from the trenches".   Valid or invalid, positive or critical... it's customer feedback. 

Customers silently fuming is far more negative and destructive. …

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on June 14, 2014 at 6:00pm — 35 Comments

"Druid" Role Play in Elf Clan

A couple of members have understandably mentioned a recently announced event regarding "Druid Rituals"... and questioned if such conflicted with the Elf Clan Charter regarding "no religious activities".

I discussed this personally with the leaders of Chanwood and they were most informative and cooperative.  I think to begin this discussion a quote directly from them would be helpful.  Regarding their Druid roleplay and ceremonies, Chanwood states:

"They are…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on June 2, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

DESTROYING THE BOX

Note:  The following blog is not intended as critical of Inworldz specifically, but is rather a commentary on virtual reality in general... and what may be necessary in order for it to survive in a world of highly-competitive computer games and entertainment.

Inworldz has stated it is "not an SL clone" and has no intention of being so.   But more is going to be needed than a few improvements on the basic SL concept to make that claim stand.  This article intends to…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on May 17, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Inworldz Choice Awards 2013

Inworldz enjoyed its first CHOICE AWARDS yesterday, January 26 2014.  The theme line is "Residents Honoring Residents", a public vote of people's favorite people.

The results of the awards are here.  You'll notice several names of Elf Clan members and good friends, of whom I'm not going to even try to list here lest I miss…

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Added by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 27, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

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