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Posted 2006-11-29 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Avatar ‘Destroy Television’ Becomes Latest NBC Cameraperson
American television network NBC is dropping in to the virtual world of Second Life today between 4-7pm Pacific time to launch its "Very Virtual Christmas." The event, produced by The Electric Sheep Company, will be broadcast to the NBC.com web site via avatar Destroy Television, a creation of the Sheep's R&D arm. Audiovisual footage is supplied through Destroy Television's digital eyeballs and ears (although she carries a prop camera), and will also be streamed in-world to the 19 "simulators" (regions) rented by NBC and to land owned by participating residents. The event will involve "holiday decor, ice skating, live music, and a coffee shop," as well as performances by resident musicians Jaycatt Nico and Frogg Marlowe. At 6pm Pacific time, a virtual tree-lighting ceremony will take place.

Electric Sheep Company spokesperson John Swords gave me a glimpse "backstage," explaining that the firm is concerned about Second Life newcomers having difficulty finding the event. It was hoped that those signing up for Second Life via NBC.com would be transported automatically to a custom orientation area, but the technology isn't ready yet. "New users will have to join and enter the standard way," said Swords. He told me that it was difficult to obtain the virtual land being used for today's event due to Second Life-maker Linden Lab dealing with 1,100 sims already on order. "We were able to rent 6 sims from Linden Lab and the other 12 came from the secondary land market. The current order backlog has the delivery date on new orders somewhere at the end of December or early January."
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Prokofy Neva
November 29, 2006 @ 1:34 pm
     
 
The "secondary land market" is Anshe Chung's Dreamland. Hope she got a good price!

I blogged earlier today about the NBC debut:
http://secondthoughts.typepad.com/second_thoughts/2006/11/nbc_goes_gor.html

Pro tip: don't try going to see if you can walk outside the plaza to Fifth Avenue.

The last-minute rentals crunch situation has plunked NBC -- with it's very-realistic Fifth Avenue Rockefeller Center build and Christmas tree -- right smack next to Gorean land on sugar-white beaches. Evidently the Gorean-themed land in Dreamland was all that was available. It makes for an odd juxtaposition, and opens up the larger question of how mainstream media and RL middle-America type audiences will cope with these sex-slave cults in SL like Gor.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Sean Clancy
November 29, 2006 @ 6:37 pm
     
 
how mainstream media and RL middle-America type audiences will cope with these sex-slave cults in SL like Gor

Civilization will collapse, of course.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by August Hayek
November 30, 2006 @ 12:04 am
     
 
Well, as the owner of a placid little island in Dreamland Ocean, I didn't get into the holiday spirit when a CITY sprung up, apparently in violation of every covenant, not 50m from my house.

I don't want to sound like Scrooge, but I'm feeling the "humbug" for this wanton disregard of the neighbors. I received not so much as an IM in warning.

I bought into Dreamland Ocean because it's supposed to be low lag and non-commercial. This is perhaps the closest thing to the exact opposite that I could ever contemplate.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Brace
November 30, 2006 @ 10:20 pm
     
 
"I don't want to sound like Scrooge, but I'm feeling the "humbug" for this wanton disregard of the neighbors. I received not so much as an IM in warning.

I bought into Dreamland Ocean because it's supposed to be low lag and non-commercial. This is perhaps the closest thing to the exact opposite that I could ever contemplate."

Welcome to SL :D
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Sean Clancy
December 2, 2006 @ 7:41 pm
     
 
The first commenter's personal grudge against certain lifestyles within SL notwithstanding, I'm with you on your complaint, August.

This seems to confirm the contention I've heard that ACS is concerned only with money and business, and not for anyone's general welfare within SL, even that of their own customers and residents. That said, I think I read that NBC's presence in Dreamland will be temporary until they can arrange for their own estates, but I may be wrong about that. I hope you're not stuck with a city next to your house long-term, and I would most certainly complain vigorously to Dreamland management if I were you.

I'm a resident of Otherland, and I think I can safely say that this sort of thing would never happen there.
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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