moving from Second Life to OpenSim was terribly painful for me and i knew i would never rebuild what i had in Second Life. as painful and challenging as i found that move, at least it was also a change in the way i use virtual worlds. inSL i had an estate business and while i did have many places where i created for residents to play - under street catacombs, the Eville Atomic Lounge, underground skate park – i knew that i would not try doing an estate business in OpenSim. rather, my virtual partner in crime subQuark, decided that his education project that would have been too expensive inSl was perfect for OpenSim. having an entirely new focus made the move much easier for me
however, over the years, we have seen many wonderful and pretty awesome regions close in Second Life (like the Myst-themed Numbakulla last year). many were built over a period of years with great detail and would be too large a task to recreate in OpenSim. plus many beautiful builds used third party objects whose creators are long gone, so the option of seeing if you could get permissions to export those objects might be impossible to accomplish
i am saddened to the point of tears about the closing of Hosoi Ichiba’s four Second Life regions. Amiryu Hosoi spent years building up these beautiful sims and paid for them with their store sales. store sales have declined as Second Life has and have reached the point where $1,200 a month is just too much. the loss of these four sims is permanent – no archive will remain and photos simply don’t do justice. i look back at some of my flickr photos and even i have forgotten some of the things i built . . .
i wish you the best Amiryu Hosoi and hope some day you build something new in OpenSim because your work is absolutely beautiful