Been some time since we blogged but here is few updates from what’s going on!
I recently made a presentation at CBS (Copenhagen Business School) about Market Creation in Virtual Worlds. The 30 min. clip is up at Roskilde University’s (RUC) blog. Go check it out!
Besides this the good guys at Roskilde University have just finished a 10 min. videodocumentary on their 2-3 years research of Pop Art Lab. The video (I’ve only previewed 1st take) should be out next week.
In other news our annual Machinima Expo is further delayed. It is quite a task getting music bands in and make their labels aware of the marketing possiblities of such music video contests. However a meeting with recordlabel is set next week and we hope to be able to launch video contest within coming months.
Regarding our sim changes in SL our new space is open and though groundlevel is still in development the musicstreaming runs up in the sky. Check out the new full sim and go explore all the new designs!
In other platforms Pop Art Lab expands. Especially our Facebook presence where we are up at 250+ PAL members. Go join this forum for latest news about tech, virtual worlds, gaming and ofcourse a lot of new musicvideos, album streams etc.
Lastly some great news occured last week. A new “world” entitled “Cloud Party” launched although in a very early beta stage (Hamlet have a good intro at his New World Notes blog).
I’ve tested and love it! Build entirely in WebGL and HTML5 it’s the kind of “world” I been waiting for. Runs fast and smoothe in browser with direct Facebook authentification, on mobile, no client and some very neat mesh possibilities. The “Build” mode is fairly easy and SL’ers will recognize many of the same functions as they already familiar with in SL. However texturing and other parts are quite tricky in the beginning.
Also I love seeing real names (use same as your Facebook account) instead of the messy SL names!
There have been some fire in the blogsphere whether the Facebook login is good or bad and ofcourse it’s bad if you’re not on Facebook (you can still login without FB but then lack powers like “Build” mode). Still I’d say it’s fine and opens up a lot of new opportunities for Virtual Worlds to go big!
During the years I’ve tested so many new “worlds” most have been poor SL clones but I have to say this one has what it takes to go big!
We are already investigating how and when we are able to get full region in Cloud Party. Expect more news on this here coming months!
Till then, thanks for the continueing support! We wish you a happy summer!