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You might want to strap in, for the road connecting the facts on this one is bumpy indeed -- but intriguing as well. Via 1UP comes the word that search engine giant Google has hired Mark DeLoura to work on game development for the Android and Chrome OS. DeLoura brings with him a truckload of game c...

April 15th 2010 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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As you read last night, the UGC (user-generated-content) virtual environment side of Metaplace is shuttering on New Year's Day, 2010, just a scant couple of weeks away. "The reason?" says company president Koster. "Well, it just hasn't gotten traction." Nor should it have at this stage, really. Met...

December 22nd 2009 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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At the end of 2008, Google's Lively closed down. However in the comparatively few weeks since the announcement of the impending shutdown, Lively has been rebuilt from relative scratch by a Chinese company, and the new service, called newlively went live around the same time that the original servic...

January 3rd 2009 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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Google's Lively presents us with an interesting scenario. It was literally a checklist of what critics have been saying that virtual environments such as Linden Lab's Second Life absolutely must have in order to make it. A simplified user-interface, embedded in the Web-browser, content designed by p...

January 2nd 2009 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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A mere four and a half months after the project's birth, Google is pulling the plug on its Second Life clone, Lively. The internet giant announced that it will shut down the program at the end of December, leaving all those in need of a virtual sex outlet crawling back to Second Life.We're glad tha...

November 20th 2008 at 11:10am 0 Comments
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One of the good things about Google is that they try stuff. They can afford to try out projects, and don't stick with what isn't working. Well, it appears that their Lively virtual environment chat-rooms haven't worked out. Google will be shuttering the Lively service on 31 December 2008, less than...

November 20th 2008 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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From Chiba, Japan, AP reports on Sony and Microsoft's upcoming avatar-based offerings at the annual Tokyo Game Show. Associated Press goes to great lengths to avoid spooking what they seem to feel are a parochial and hidebound audience with gems like, 'In the so-called "metaverse" in cyberspace, pl...

October 9th 2008 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Kevin Hanna, creative director of Google's Lively, said at AGDC that he hopes that Lively will become an online gaming platform that will challenge the status quo in a game industry he says is currently dominated by a "corporate mentality" that is "sucking the life out of what should be the most cr...

September 29th 2008 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Linden Lab certainly showed signs of fear when Google's Lively kicked off its public beta. Now we're seeing signs more akin to terror, panic or desperation. 'Who wouldn't be concerned when Google comes after their business?' said new Linden Lab CEO Mark Kingdon to Bloomberg. Given recent changes an...

August 9th 2008 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Forget for a minute that this is an advertisement for the virtual worlds development company, Millions of Us. It's also a great video that discusses the future of these emerging platforms. Narrated by Reuben Steiger, the CEO of MoU, we're taken on a journey through the three major past, present, and...

July 18th 2008 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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While the announcement of the Google Lively public beta may have taken many by surprise, apparently it did not take Linden Lab unawares -- their Second Life messages were already lined up and ready to go. Indeed considering that information about Lively's launch was available to a number of people w...

July 14th 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Linden Lab's newly-minted CEO, Mark Kingdon, has posted another communique to Second Life users, and it isn't hard to see a certain fear in the phrasing and timing. 'The possibilities of Virtual Worlds have attracted a slew of entrepreneurs and even some Internet giants,' writes Kingdon in his secon...

July 9th 2008 at 9:30pm 0 Comments