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Posted 2006-11-27 by Tony Walsh
Join a discussion about alternate reality games and virtual worlds taking place today inside the world of Second Life between 4pm and 5pm Pacific time, on the 5th floor of Sheep Tower, Sheep Island. Jerry Paffendorf of The Electric Sheep Company will host the event, which will also permeate webspace in audio-visual format via Guests include yours truly (having most recently worked on The Ocular Effect/Fallen ARG), Elan Lee of 42 Entertainment, and Dan Hon of Mind Candy. Further details are available through the SL Future Salon blog (including an extensive list of supporting links), and my earlier commentary about the event can be found here.
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Comment posted by Tony Walsh
November 28, 2006 @ 9:29 am
Quick postmortem on this event: I had a great time, personally, and I think the other guests enjoyed themselves, too -- both Dan and Adrian Hon were able to make it, as well as Elan. This was my first audio panel in Second Life, and although I think audio is more engaging than text, I wanted to be able to type more (except it's really hard to type and talk at the same time). The audience was very supportive and interested in the subject matter, but I wish I was able to interact with them more, without interrupting any of my fellow speakers (but then I'd have to be listening to the audience and the speakers simultaneously). I am reminded how challenging public speaking is, even if it is in a virtual world. The challenging part is not rambling too much and minimizing the number of silly mistakes. I think I did pretty well, and it was certainly a pleasure to share the stage with folks at the top of the ARG field. Thanks, Jerry and the ESC for hosting this, to the audience for their attention, and to the guests for rocking out virtual-style.
Comment posted by Gary Hayes
November 28, 2006 @ 10:40 am
Hi Tony,

A friend of mine Gary Hazlitt ;-) who attended said these inworld panel, discussion events are improving all the time and you did a great job (once the audio was sorted at the top). He posted an inworld POV article, great pics and a couple of quotes (including yours) at JustVirtual

One thing I noted too with these events is the disconnect (and often serendipitous synch) between the 'audience' constant parallel comment/subtext/chatter and the ongoing panel audio discussion - but Jerry did a good job in keeping it on the rails.

Should have more of them!

Gary H
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