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SL private sim post and 2014 predictions

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dang! another year has zipped by and the virtual world is still standing =)

Second Life saw the continued slow decline which has been the trend for over three years now. even with this slow decline of private sims, Linden Lab still makes serious bank with Second Life

this year saw a loss of about 1,729 private sims which works out to an average of 4.7 per day

revenue wise that means that a year ago the monthly private sim revenue was $4.3 million and today the monthly revenue is $3.9 million

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if SL continues at this year’s rate of loss, the number of private SL sims next december will beĀ 17,537

what about other predictions?

OpenSim is currently on version 0.7.6 and maybe 0.8 will come out (???)

regardless of the version number, OpenSim is very reliable (i never crash with Sim-on-a-Stick 0.7.6) and maybe BulletSim physics will become the default physics engine! that’s one prediction i’d really like to see come true in 2014 =)

maybe variable-sized regions will roll out with a new version of OpenSim – this is a nice feature that AuroraSim users enjoy and it’s being worked on by Robert of the OpenSim devs

make sure to follow Justin’s twitter and pop into his blog to write comments – those comments go along way to showing how much OpenSim is appreciated

here’s an easy prediction, Sim-on-a-Stick will get upgraded as official OpenSim versions come out and i predict there will be over 30,000 SoaS downloads by the end of 2014

.NET 4 will be a requirement in the next version and the SoaS installer will “sniff” that out BUT one challenge that will eventually be faced by SoaS are its server apps (Apache, PHP, MySQL) because those are running on the defunct MoWeS platform (we’ll cross that bridge when it comes and be heavily reliant on you for guidance!) =)

if you like SoaS, be sure to tweet your appreciation to Diva Cantos (Christa Lopes), she’s the one that makes it possible

other predictions?

chaos and pandomonium! */me runs screaming in circles with hands in the air*

there may be a contest to see who can do cool things with Hax Nuit if the OAR is made freely available and there might be a board game that’s inspired by Hax Nuit and zombies (that’s cheating, i have inside info that this is in the works)

regardless of predictions, i hope all of you have a wonderful New Year and that 2014 is kind to you and a year of prosperity and happiness in all your endeavors, both virtual and real! =)

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written by Ener Hax

December 31st, 2013 at 12:44 pm

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  1. Poutine sales expected to increase… Jos Louis’ finally allowed for export out of Canada… ;) Beaver Tail Pastry exports still to be disallowed :)

    WS

    WhiteStar Magic

    31 Dec 13 at 1:00 pm

  2. Happy New Years Ener :-)

    Ilan Tochner

    31 Dec 13 at 3:56 pm

  3. Having just installed a 1×1 SoaS and then extended it to a 4x4minigrid and made it visible on the home network, I can vouch that it’s fantastic SW and hopefully open grid things keep happening so that we can link grids as easily as pasting a URL into a web page. (As I notice that this is still problematic out there, with needing a new avatar and a new inventory on each grid… )

    PS: What is this “Hax Nuit” of which you speak? (Ears prick up cos I have two empty regions still to build out or fill up… %)

    PPS: This blog has been a very useful resource to get me up and running, thank you for that.

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  5. thanks teddlesruss! =)

    thanks for the kind words on SoaS!

    i’d love OpenSim to be browser-based – that would really open a lot of possibilities

    Hax Nuit was kind of a test for doing a modular build. since Kitely had the 100,000 prim limit for a single sim, I built this:

    http://iliveisl.com/exploration-game-hackers-sleepless-city/

    you can see it live in Kitely:

    http://www.kitely.com/virtual-world/Ener-Hax/Hackers-Sleepless-City

    Ener Hax

    8 Jan 14 at 12:55 pm

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