I just caught up on Ener’s latest postings :)
I hope the Greenies visit again, maybe on some OpenSim worlds. SL will not be the same without their awesome sim (thank you, Aurora Janus, for showing me the Greenie’s house… somehow I had never heard of it before then). I don’t know the exact reasons for the Greenies’ departure, but I expect to see further exodus of talent from SL.
The LL/SL hype is over, in my opinion. They may eventually reinvent themselves, but the near future is not looking too exciting for them. I’m sure the 30% of the LL staff that was fired is not celebrating, either. SL, at least for the moment, doesn’t seem like the smartest place to invest tons of time and money and heart. It will remain a place for me to hang out, visit friends, make stuff, and play in the sandboxes… but I’m there with a very wary eye on the little guy behind the curtain, running the show.
Like Ener says, OpenSim and other virtual worlds (Blue Mars, for example) seem to be where it’s “at” right now. And some of us are even (trying) to spend more time in an ancient build called “Real Life.” (*giggles* , it’s not all bad, and the pizza there is tastier). At least we have alternatives, althought scripting in-world for me (in Reaction Grid or SL) is still tons of fun, and mentally relaxing (cuz it’s nothing like my boring RL job).
Then the “real” Internet got easier to use/navigate (thank you, Netscape Navigator!) and people were no longer prisoner to AOL’s limited content, adult policies, whims, and customer service snafus. (Hmmm, starting to sound familiar?)
At least LL doesn’t hold you “prisoner” (didya ever actually try to cancel your AOL account? OMG, Epic Fail. ) But, SL does kinda hold your content/creations captive (though exporting some stuff to OpenSim worlds is possible).
And where’s my screen-popping 3D virtual worlds and real-time photorealistic graphics? Or smellevison, or wrist videophones, or robotic maid/gardener/lover, or flying car? Or a no-cal sugar substitute that doesn’t taste like wallpaper glue?
See, there is still stuff to be discovered and perfected! And you can build/script the prototypes in Open Sim worlds. Well, maybe not the Smellevision. Yet.
By the way, AOL is still around, as a kind of home page destination (http://www.aol.com/) And to be fair, it doesn’t entirely suck. At least not compared to the MSN home page ;p