i know i am a snob on many things (i’ll blame the french of french canadian on that) and i was almost humbled at how snobby i must be regarding virtual worlds with this post’s title! =o
by all accounts, what i’m mentioning here is 3D and a virtual world – just different than what i have in my head (the little cogs are jamming up in my head and a tiny bit of smoke is coming out my ears) =p
i can feel a bit secure in my snobbery because when i think 3d art gallery, i think of Beacara’s kick butt art catalogue-on-a-stick! to me her work is the epitome of maximising a new media and pumping up the traditional one of a printed catalogue
the art exhibit that has my little world off kilter is here: http://vgwb.spinningwire.com/
there are two versions – one uses a 68 mb viewer (might be bigger, all kinds of stuff downloaded, like several DirectX updates in my case) and i was unable to connect (probably firewall issues). the other version is a browser-based one via Flash
i must admit, it’s pretty cool that they offer two ways to participate in this art exhibit and even though Flash means it won’t run on a lot of tablets (latest Android doesn’t have flash with it), it is available to a wider audience (like me, since the full 3D one failed)
the Flash is nicely done and a bit novel – i’m not sure it makes the art any nicer than if it was a more traditional online image gallery (i’d argue that you would have significantly higher quality images in the latter) BUT as an alternative to the more immersive 3D one, this is a well thought out alternative =)
all in all, it is very nicely done and, in my case, the browser-based alternative was the only option i could use which speaks nicely to the benefit of something like that for OpenSim worlds!