Friday, June 27, 2014

Linden Lab Finally Moves on my 2011 Advice For The Future of Their Platform

For better or for worse, it looks like Linden Lab's vision for their next generation virtual world is close to the one I offered in 2011:
I've been flirting for a while with an idea that I think can meet those aims by extending the foundational vision of Second Life as a user-created world. Here's the basic vision: Second Life developers and entrepreneurs are given tools and support to create and market stand-alone applications using the Second Life platform., January 2011
"It's a platform," he says. "In some ways, you could compare it to Unity." Altberg wants developers to see both Second Life and its eventual successor as game engines they can build their content on. Engadget, June 2014
I've written about this idea a few times over the years since then. I have no idea whether my writing has had an influence on anyone within Linden Lab, but it's gratifying to see that the idea itself had enough merit for the company to stake part of its future on it.

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