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    Virtual worlds will come, and worlds will go, but this is a bit like saying that Subaru partnered up with a Pacific Northwest ski resort to cross promote each other, so surely all the other ski resorts in the country are up against the ropes.

    Sorry, one does not follow the other. I don't see that there's any causal relationship. No one predicts the death of blue mars when someone does some new business initiative in Second Life (and yes, they still pop up in the news from time to time).

    Let's see... as usual, your headlines are alarmist, Henny Penny tripe designed to make white livered yellow bellied sniveling idiots out of your readers.

    Second Life is not in trouble, at least not because of this, and AS USUAL, you've got your story all wrong. And you claim to do investigative reporting! What you are doing is reporting on another article that is poorly written and researched without the benefit of verification or any real research on your part. Had you devoted one minute of hardship to Googling you would have learned that VSE is a City developer on Blue Mars and that it is VSE that is developing a Smithsonian-specific location. This is not new news, by the way. Had you troubled yourself to watch this video, produced by VSE, you would have learned as much back when they published it... June, 2006:

    Please report responsibly. Until then, I'll withhold my respect.

    Bettina --

    Sorry the article didnt appeal to you! The referenced article sources
    a direct interview with VSE, as well as word from the Smithsonian.
    Thanks for your comment, though!

    As any media-savvy person knows, business journals are typically bad at researching (and reporting) their stories. Do a little homework next time.

    Have you BEEN to Blue Mars? 100,000 residents by 2010? It's EMPTY! I have logged in several times and I think had one two minute conversation which ended in, "Let's go back to SecondLife"

    Do you really think there are not enough people for both worlds to coexist and possibility interact?

    Why do people think there must be one virtual world to rule them all.

    This is like all those people who name some random MMO a "WoW" killer. Like the only reason the MMO was created was to kill off World of Warcraft. It's simply silly.

    Every time I read one of these silly "reports" regarding the failings and/or demise of Second Life® my immediate thought is, "Aww. I wonder what personal (probably censorable) drama THIS one had in SL® to make him/her so bitter towards it?" Really the "Die, Linden Lab!" bent to a lot of this type of post is sad.

    On the subject of Blue Mars®, while I hope that they succeed famously (competition is a good and stimulating thing), I have been there. Have you? See that lovely hillside covered with buildings? ...

    REFRAIN: You can't GO THERE. It's a FAKE BACKDROP to the small useable foreground. In Second Life you CAN. All of that distant intriguing content is USEABLE.

    [And for those of you not familiar with Second Life content, please click my name above and have a look for yourself.]

    See that beautiful forest in the distance?


    See those futuristic buildings towering into the sky?


    Etc., etc. I could go on, but I'm too busy laughing at your comment "one of Blue Mars's beautiful avatars." LOL!!! You *must* be joking. They are horrid!

    This could have been an interesting piece if you had just reported the simple fact that The Smithsonian and Blue Mars are collaborating; however, using it to jump at the opportunity to snipe SL for no valid reason destroys your credibility.

    Apples. Oranges. Invalid.

    Caliburn --

    Thanks for the comment. I definitely have no vendetta against Second
    Life - Ive reported on the good and bad from both platforms, as well
    as about three dozen other topics. Sorry you disagreed with the piece,

    For those who have actually used Blue Mars, remember that it's BETA!!! As far as not being able to go anywhere, I don't experience that. In the areas that are up and running, you can go into buildings and up the hille and anywhere else. Except, of course, the places that aren't finished. I find it interesting that people think this page is anti-SL. I have not found that to be true. That being said, as long as Blue Mars takes as much processing power and video power as it does now, it will be awhile until it catches on in my opinion. It is a great looking place, and will get better as it goes. But, it takse a gamer level computer to truly experience it because of the fact that it is built on the Cryengine (as in Chrysis). As for the negative responses from SL fans, I don't think LL is worried just yet and as for the responses her and in other places where someone dares to say anything but good about SL, it's like throwing a stick into a pack of dogs, the one that yelps the loudest is the one the stick hit. C.mon folks! Honestly, there is alot to snipe about with SL, Blue Mars, and alot of other platforms out there. I think they're all big enough to take a lick now and then.

    wow what controversy! many things can coexist - SL is no longer the only game in town

    that's not good or bad and beyond anyone commenting here to truly affect. Linden Lab is a corporation, subject to the board and decisions made by many in the company

    some decisions will be good, some bad, and only time will tell it's destiny

    they have done a good job alienating some people but will continue for who knows how long

    would be nice to have Philip more involved - M Linden is not a virtual world "nut" from my dealings with him. i don't doubt his ability as a CEO though

    Philip was passion and ability, M is ability and business imo

    Right now blue mars is deader than SL ever was, or will be.

    And when I'm looking at then non-existant progress, I can't help but wonder about their promised "going live" in january '10.

    Frankly, I do not see that happen. Unless they use a totally different calendar... one that shows today's date as 12-08-2008.

    Hmm. Just in case anyone is wondering what all the comment fuss was about, Max took the liberty of changing the headline over 12 hours past the initial post. The original headline read, "Blue Mars Partners with the Smithsonian: Is Second Life in Trouble?"

    And Lance, of course Blue Mars is quiet. It's in early Beta.

    Bettina -

    We took your concerns about the potentially alarmist title to heart
    when opting to make the change. Sorry that you didnt approve of the
    switch to a more neutral title.

    The correct (ethical) procedure is to indicate an update, show the date, and leave the original title alone.

    Very informative post. Smithsonian Institution is important for educational and research institute. The Smithsonian Institution was founded by James Smithson. It is also a famous museum complex maintained by the US government. The museum is a must watch as it has almost 136 million items. The museum publishes a magazine once in a month named Smithsonian and bimonthly named Air & Space. Natural Scientists were majorly attracted to this instiitution. It is open all days and there is no fees to watch this intstitution. For more details refer

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