Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Blue Mars Mobile Avatar Invades Cloud Party Virtual World
I've been playing around with Cloud Party since seeing a post in New World Notes a few days ago. Cloud Party is a virtual world that runs in a browser. Second Life co-founder Cory Ondrejka is one of the investors.
Although Cloud Party is in early beta, it's very impressive. It loads quickly in your browser, there's no discernable lag and the initial feature set is well designed and intuitive to use. There's an integrated tutorial that does a fast job of introducing both general functionality and basic in-world building. You can log in anonymously, but Facebook authentication is required to establish identity and access the full feature set. I've been told that it will eventually support other authentication, which is good news for the pseudonymous avatar community.
I hope to do a walk-through video down the road. For now, here a short augmented reality clip of my Blue Mars Mobile avatar playing in Cloud Party and RL. After some trial and error, I figured out how to upload a mesh and add the BMM AR marker texture.