The Metaverse Journal - Australia's Virtual World News Service Coverage from an Australian perspective of news, issues and events occurring in virtual worlds or those who create those worlds Thu, 09 Jul 2009 15:15:53 +0000 http://backend.userland.com/rss092 en http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/slozhttp://feedburner.google.com Another Perfect World In late June, the UK&#8217;s Channel 4 ran a documentary called Another Perfect World. It&#8217;s a well structured look at virtual environments with a focus on the tensions in developing a &#8216;utopia&#8217;, with World of Warcraft, Second Life, Metaplace and Lineage scrutinised. 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The development of virtual replicas of cities has proven a successful formula to date. Singapore is a Twinity stronghold and a virtual Orchard Road is on the way. 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I generally never write a review of something that I haven’t purchased. That’s a rule that I’m not in the habit of breaking, but it’s worth noting that I’m making an exception here today. If you want the short version, [...] <p><a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/YDYS3ffTrfGu9L74dbzvr1RI7rk/0/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/YDYS3ffTrfGu9L74dbzvr1RI7rk/0/di" border="0" ismap="true"></img></a><br/> <a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/YDYS3ffTrfGu9L74dbzvr1RI7rk/1/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/YDYS3ffTrfGu9L74dbzvr1RI7rk/1/di" border="0" ismap="true"></img></a></p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=3NjRhAsi0Sw:AXBBXhQ5ORI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=3NjRhAsi0Sw:AXBBXhQ5ORI:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?i=3NjRhAsi0Sw:AXBBXhQ5ORI:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=3NjRhAsi0Sw:AXBBXhQ5ORI:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=3NjRhAsi0Sw:AXBBXhQ5ORI:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?i=3NjRhAsi0Sw:AXBBXhQ5ORI:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=3NjRhAsi0Sw:AXBBXhQ5ORI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=3NjRhAsi0Sw:AXBBXhQ5ORI:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?i=3NjRhAsi0Sw:AXBBXhQ5ORI:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div> http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sloz/~3/3NjRhAsi0Sw/ /2009/07/08/book-review-my-avatar-my-self/ Alter Ego: A Taste It&#8217;s been awhile since Alter Ego was touted for release and it even had a proposed late June screening date. That&#8217;s been delayed but if you want a taste of what Alter Ego offers, here&#8217;s a snippet from Director Shelley Matulick, called &#8216;Peter and the Wolfie&#8217;: Peter and the Wolfie from Shelley Matulick on Vimeo. For me, [...] <p><a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/oO8Gz9CVl6YbIestKITSyhMtQGc/0/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/oO8Gz9CVl6YbIestKITSyhMtQGc/0/di" border="0" ismap="true"></img></a><br/> <a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/oO8Gz9CVl6YbIestKITSyhMtQGc/1/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/oO8Gz9CVl6YbIestKITSyhMtQGc/1/di" border="0" ismap="true"></img></a></p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=W65jGcXp5MI:tn5uVknr-WE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=W65jGcXp5MI:tn5uVknr-WE:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?i=W65jGcXp5MI:tn5uVknr-WE:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=W65jGcXp5MI:tn5uVknr-WE:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=W65jGcXp5MI:tn5uVknr-WE:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?i=W65jGcXp5MI:tn5uVknr-WE:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=W65jGcXp5MI:tn5uVknr-WE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=W65jGcXp5MI:tn5uVknr-WE:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?i=W65jGcXp5MI:tn5uVknr-WE:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div> http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sloz/~3/W65jGcXp5MI/ /2009/07/07/alter-ego-a-taste/ A detailed map of Ironforge vendors and trainers It&#8217;s time for an Ironforge map: (View the full-size version here) table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;} Ref Name Vendor/s or other key NPCs Trainer/s A Hall of Mysteries &#160; Priest Trainer (High Priest Rohan) &#160; &#160; &#160; Priest Trainer (Braenna Flintcrag) &#160; &#160; &#160; Priest Trainer (Toldren Deepiron) &#160; &#160; &#160; Paladin Trainer [...] <p><a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/NEadEnf_iSxidXJy72ud3nsBuYw/0/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/NEadEnf_iSxidXJy72ud3nsBuYw/0/di" border="0" ismap="true"></img></a><br/> <a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/NEadEnf_iSxidXJy72ud3nsBuYw/1/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/NEadEnf_iSxidXJy72ud3nsBuYw/1/di" border="0" ismap="true"></img></a></p><div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=u6bOOu4J1XY:V9ENMydh-nQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=u6bOOu4J1XY:V9ENMydh-nQ:V_sGLiPBpWU"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?i=u6bOOu4J1XY:V9ENMydh-nQ:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=u6bOOu4J1XY:V9ENMydh-nQ:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=u6bOOu4J1XY:V9ENMydh-nQ:gIN9vFwOqvQ"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?i=u6bOOu4J1XY:V9ENMydh-nQ:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=u6bOOu4J1XY:V9ENMydh-nQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?a=u6bOOu4J1XY:V9ENMydh-nQ:F7zBnMyn0Lo"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sloz?i=u6bOOu4J1XY:V9ENMydh-nQ:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"></img></a> </div> http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sloz/~3/u6bOOu4J1XY/ /2009/07/06/a-detailed-map-of-ironforge-vendors-and-trainers/ The Watch – virtual worlds in the news 1. Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) &#8211; Australian gamer blackballed over virtual world &#8216;fraud&#8217;. &#8220;Facing real world debts, a trusted figure in a popular online game stole money from the virtual bank he ran and exchanged it for cash through the black market. 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Grace McDunnough &#8211; Wish for you &#8211; machinima Chantal Harvey 2. Cirque Mystique Second LIfe 6th Birthday Party 3. 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