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Posted 2007-05-31 by Tony Walsh
The Lounge, a small adverworld driven by music and television brands, has hit the Beta 11 milestone (what, no Gold yet?), adding a preview of user housing. According to Lounge-maker Doppleganger, users will be able to get their own loft apartments in 2007. I'm impressed with how far Doppleganger has pushed the Torque engine, which was originally designed for multiplayer games, not virtual worlds per se. added atmospheric controls for "There Zones" earlier this month. Users who own Zones may now select from various sun/moon and weather settings. Sadly, settings do not include "raining cats and dogs," "raining men," or "pennies from heaven."

Second Life's "sculpties" system has been rolled out for general usage, allowing 3D artists to get more shape out of primitive building-blocks. On a semi-unrelated note, Linden Lab bought its world an atmosphere, adding "WindLight" weather and particle effects to a preview version of Second Life. The new atmosphere is either totally awesome or utter crap, depending on who you talk to.
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