Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What i've taken away from Burn2 2010 #SL #Burn2

Well Burn2 is drawing to a close and i can honestly say that i have been CRAP this year. I may have contributed with a build but in all i've done nothing really. I haven't done an SLC race, i haven't even walked around the place. I just have not been in the Burn spirit which is poor and i will have to make up for it next year.

I tried to experiment with the latest technological features of the SL viewer2 this year. In The Steampunk Town New Babbage last year i did a quest where you would follow clues and unlock parts of a story. I had it so that if you clicked an object it would open a webpage in your external web browser so you could watch a video. With the announcement of Shared Media it became apparent that i could do away with the external web pages and have a video screen appear inworld....or can i?

Professor Liddens Lab used this idea of video on a prim to tell a story and ads to the immersion of the world. You never have to leave the environment to watch the video and the combination of live action within the virtual realm is refreshing.

Unfortunately almost everyone i talked to who visited my Burn2 build was not using viewer 2 which is needed to watch Shared Media, so they were unable to watch the videos. Adding to that was the fact that the poorly released Viewer2.2 appeared to break the video links in shared media for some users.

So what to do about shared media? i was excited by the prospects of it at first but now im not so sure. I start work on The Next New Babbage Chronicles very soon and after the Burn2 experiment, it would not be sensible to use shared media which is incredibly disappointing as we had waited years for it.

Anyway for those who could not see Professor Lidden due to broken Viewer2.2 or refusal to use viewer2 here is a walkthrough of Professor Liddens Lab...

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