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Archive for May, 2009

OS Virtual World SIG covered by – San Jose Media Industry Examiner

May 20, 2009 By: studiosfo Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

Via  Julian Lombardi (

Coverage by San Jose Media Industry Examiner

Thanks Julian! and Del Daix (

-Bob Ketner

More virtual worlds events in May 2009

May 20, 2009 By: studiosfo Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

More virtual world events for May:
Virtual Edge Summit Santa Clara Convention Center May 28-29
produced by
Bonus…it’s free and you can also attend virtuallly.

At this point you’ll have to choose between that and
MetaverseU @Stanford University May 29-30
produced by Stanford Humanities Lab

Looks like the time has never been better to be virtual!
See you there!

- Bob Ketner

New *LIVE* page for events

May 13, 2009 By: studiosfo Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

Hello Virtual Worlders…
For our LIVE events we have a new permanent page which is:

To get there, just click the link or, the video icon on the right side of this page.
Links to virtual locations will be updated on that same page.

See you over the next few days for:
May 13
Virtual Currencies – Twofish – “Virtual Worlds and Real Metrics: Tangible Statistics about Imaginary Goods“    and
May 14
Sirikata, OpenCroquet, OpenSim: “Open Source Virtual Worlds”

SFSU Virtual World Design class experiment today at 2PM

May 08, 2009 By: studiosfo Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

Join SFSU Design and Industry class ( on Virtual World Design for an experiment from 2-3 PM today “Meteor Slams Dorms“. You must be added to the group by emailing gnusart[at] with your avatar name or contact avatars Jane Valentino, JD Mint or Cassandra Avedon to be added. More instructions here:

This experiment is designed to test the theory that Internet users would be likely to choose to enter a virtual world to experience a news event such as a disaster or a crime, or to gain information on a hot topic.

The scenario: A major news event has occurred on the SF State campus, and, although news teams are on the scene, access to the site is limited.
The coverage: The basic information about the story has been reported by the San Francisco Chronicle and other news organizations, but since reporters and photographers can’t get close, visuals are limited. Please read the newspaper story at and try to visualize the disaster scene based on that information. We assume that such an important event would be widely publicized, so your virtual experience would be augmented by some prior knowledge.
The simulation: Based on information gathered from witnesses and social networks, a team of virtual world artists has constructed the disaster scene in Second Life.
Go to the site: At 2 pm on Friday, May 8, log into Second Life. If you did not get into the scene in the previous experiment, you will be sent an invitation to join the SF State News group. The system should should automatically set that as your group. If you’ve been here before, right-click on your avatar, select “groups,” and then activate the SF State News group. After the group is set, teleport to “SF State Housing” to begin the exercise.
You will arrive across the street from the main disaster scene. You may wander at will through and around the two dorm buildings involved, but you will not be allowed in the upper floors. Most of the damage is on the exterior and ground floors, so please walk the entire perimeter. You may also fly over. Please note how you go about this, how helpful it is in comprehending the situation, and how long it keeps your attention.
More information is available on scene: Avatars Jane Valentino, JD Mint, and Cassandra Avedon will be on the scene as reporters. You will know them by their fedora hats, and signs that float above their heads that say, “I am a reporter. Ask me a question.” Reporters will answer questions (via local chat) about navigating the virtual scene, and provide factual information about the disaster itself, such as “What is that thing made of?”
Follow-up: The portal will close at 3 pm. Please fill out a survey on SurveyMonkey by following this link as soon as possible after the event. Very important to our research!

More instructions here:

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Upcoming SIG sessions:

Oct. 13, 2009:
(3rd annual Future of Virtual Worlds Panel)

Jan. 25, 2010:
(topic tba.)

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