i’ve not logged into Second Life for over two years and thought that most of its shackles no longer had a hold on me
i often mention how my perspective on prims and price are still framed to an extent by Second Life and probably always will be. you know, it’s like your grandparents telling you things like “i remember when a soda was a nickel!” =D
in my case, it will be “i remember when a sim cost $295 and you only got 15,000 prims” =p
so what is this last shackle?
well, it is one that i did not even know i had until i met with Ohn Lang tonight on Hax Nuit (btw Ohn – it was as if Ener Hax was looking in a virtual mirror and saw Ohn Lang looking back - long lost kindred spirits maybe? wow, i am so sentimental and sappy!) =)
Ohn, WhiteStar, and Ilan were in Hax Nuit the other day looking at viewer ping times and techy stuff that’s over my head and they mentioned that they’d like to add scripting to Hax Nuit. Ohn specifically would like to add NPCs (that completely blows me away, it’s all i can do to adjust a sit script!) =p
in Second Life i’d be very hesitant to let anyone have build permissions. the only person that i ever trusted with that on the iliveisl estate was DreamWalker (but that also has a huge emo backstory) because if someone accidentally hoses your work inSL, you are probably screwed or at least set back many hours. add to that the $295 a month and 15,000 prim limit and it can also be a costly mistake if something goes wrong. that kind of concern cuts into collaboration and dampens synergy quite a bit
but not in something like Kitely o_O
Hax Nuit is sitting on an what would be an unused region, but thanks to an old daydream, the fortuitous learning about Kowloon Walled City, and encouragement from WhiteStar, this region has become a reality (bet he’s never thought of himself as a muse, but he was a big part of the inspiration and is a source of knowledge). that, in itself, breaks an SL paradigm because very few people would have $295 a month (and the $1000 setup) to whimsically build a region just for its own sake (sake? the rice wine?) =p
however, Hax Nuit is static and while i enjoy exploring as a way to escape, many people prefer a more interactive environment. because Kitely is so inexpensive AND because you can easily export and import your OAR, the issue of someone accidentally (or purposely) trashing your work becomes a non-issue. that doesn’t mean i’ll allow anyone to do whatever they want, the price of Kitely is so low that they can go get their own region, but when i meet someone with deep passion like Ohn and WhiteStar who express a sincere interest to add their time and talent, then why not?
the why not part is a new feeling, one that i felt i could not afford inSL. and that new feeling is a great feeling =)
thanks Kitely for allowing for this kind of fun collaboration and synergy
there are also other positive ramifications of this. for team projects, like many educational ones inSL, you were always dependent on the one person whose name was listed as the estate owner. if they decided to no longer pay the bills, your work was gone (it’s a massive bummer to think of all the fantastic sims now gone forever). but with Kitely (or your own server), team members can all have a copy of the OAR(s) and have a permanent record of their work
expect to see some nifty (and efficient) scripting added to Hax Nuit and thanks Ohn for opening my eyes to this and i look forward to meeting my first NPC! =)