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Virtual world Second Life gets graphics and features overhaul

Free-to-play virtual life simulator Second Life received a major overhaul following the game's 10th anniversary earlier this summer, adding new features and updating the game's graphics, according to a new trailer for the game. In addition to giving graphics a fresh coat of paint and upgrading the game's lightning, the trailer boasts "better performance" and improved speed of avatar loading. Chat tools have also been streamlined for ease of communication between players, and users can now share in-game screenshots and accomplishments through Facebook integration. The trailer also mentions a newly improved "welcome experience," presumably for new players who are just getting their feet wet, and a "simplified" in-game shopping experience. At the end, we see a man using what looks like a...

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Second Life developer announces Dio open beta for the creation of interactive spaces

Second Life developer Linden Lab announced the open beta for Dio, a new website that allows its users to create and explore interactive spaces with one another. Dio allows its users to create "places" using text, photos, videos and interactive objects in order to develop an interconnected series of "rooms" that can be shared and explored with others. The website includes a persistent chat system and will eventually allow its users to monetize the places they create in a similar manner to Second Life. "Dio is a new shared creative space on the web," said Rod Humble, CEO of Linden Lab. "Based around the concept of linked spaces, Dio makes it easy and fun to create or visit experiences of all kinds. Dio is still in development, and we have deliberately kept the tools as broad as...

Second Life Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 06/23/2003
    • Publisher Linden Lab
    • Developer Linden Lab
  • Mac
    • Publisher Linden Lab
    • Developer Linden Lab
  • Linux
    • Publisher Linden Lab
    • Developer Linden Lab
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