Second Life

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Second Life is an online virtual world, developed and owned by the San Francisco-based firm Linden Lab and launched on June 23, 2003.wikipedia
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Linden Lab

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Second Life is an online virtual world, developed and owned by the San Francisco-based firm Linden Lab and launched on June 23, 2003.
Linden Research, Inc., doing business as Linden Lab, is a privately held American Internet company that is best known as the creator of Second Life.

Anshe Chung

In 2005 and 2006, Second Life began to receive significant media attention, including a cover story in BusinessWeek magazine featuring the virtual world and Second Life avatar Anshe Chung.
Anshe Chung is an avatar (online personality) of Ailin Graef in the online world Second Life.

Philip Rosedale

In 1999, Philip Rosedale formed Linden Lab with the intention of developing computer hardware to allow people to become immersed in a virtual world.
Philip Rosedale (born 1968) is an American entrepreneur, best known as the founder of the virtual world Second Life.

Virtual world

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Second Life is an online virtual world, developed and owned by the San Francisco-based firm Linden Lab and launched on June 23, 2003. Second Lifes status as a virtual world, a computer game, or a talker, is frequently debated.
Virtual economies like that of Second Life, however, are almost entirely player-produced with very little link to in-game needs.

Cory Ondrejka

On December 11, 2007, Cory Ondrejka, who helped program Second Life, was forced to resign as chief technology officer.
He also was the Chief Technology Officer of Linden Lab, makers of Second Life.

Talker

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Second Lifes status as a virtual world, a computer game, or a talker, is frequently debated.
A talker is a communication system precursor to MMORPGs and other virtual worlds such as Second Life.

3D modeling

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Built into the software is a 3D modeling tool based on simple geometric shapes that allows residents to build virtual objects.
Dynamic 3D clothing is used for virtual fashion catalogs, as well as for dressing 3D characters for video games, 3D animation movies, for digital doubles in movies as well as for making clothes for avatars in virtual worlds such as SecondLife.

Metaverse

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Although he was familiar with the metaverse of Neal Stephenson's novel Snow Crash, Rosedale has said that his vision of virtual worlds predates that book, and that he conducted early virtual world experiments during his college years at the University of California, San Diego, where he studied physics.
2003 – Second Life was launched by Linden Lab. The stated goal of the project is to create a user-defined world like the Metaverse in which people can interact, play, do business, and otherwise communicate. It is usually used from a third-person perspective (although first-person "mouselook" is available), and its current technology (like the others listed here) does not yet allow the photo-realistic environment described in the Metaverse of the book.

Technology & Engineering Emmy Award

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In 2008, Second Life was honored at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for advancing the development of online sites with user-generated content.
* The L Word in Second Life, Showtime Networks/Electric Sheep Company

Avatar (computing)

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Second Life users, also called residents, create virtual representations of themselves, called avatars, and are able to interact with places, objects and other avatars.
In Second Life avatars are created by residents and take any form, and range from lifelike humans to robots, animals, plants and mythical creatures.

Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

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In many ways, Second Life is similar to massively multiplayer online role-playing games; however, Linden Lab is emphatic that their creation is not a game: "There is no manufactured conflict, no set objective".
In Second Life and Entropia Universe, the virtual economy and the real-world economy are directly linked.

Criticism of Second Life

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In addition, sex is often encountered. Issues range from the technical (budgeting of server resources), to moral (pornography), to legal (legal position of the Linden Dollar, Bragg v. Linden Lab). Security issues have also been a concern.
Due to constant development, and as an open environment accessible by almost anyone with access to the Internet, a number of difficulties have arisen around Second Life.

Economy of Second Life

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Second Life has an internal economy and closed-loop virtual token called the "Linden dollar (L$)". Issues range from the technical (budgeting of server resources), to moral (pornography), to legal (legal position of the Linden Dollar, Bragg v. Linden Lab). Security issues have also been a concern.
The virtual world Second Life has its own economy and a virtual token referred to as Linden Dollars (L$).

Machinima

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Second Life residents express themselves creatively through virtual world adaptations of art exhibits, live music, live theater and machinima, as well as other art forms.
Products such as Lionhead Studios' 2005 business simulation game The Movies, Linden Research's virtual world Second Life, and Bungie's 2007 first-person shooter Halo 3 encourage the creation of user content by including machinima software tools.

Wheelies

An example of how Second Life has been used by disabled people is Wheelies, the widely publicised disability themed nightclub founded by Simon Stevens.
Wheelies is a disability themed virtual nightclub on the online platform Second Life.

Bragg v. Linden Lab

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Issues range from the technical (budgeting of server resources), to moral (pornography), to legal (legal position of the Linden Dollar, Bragg v. Linden Lab). Security issues have also been a concern.
Linden Lab, an online virtual world service provider of Second Life terminated the account of a user Marc Bragg when it discovered that he had found a way to acquire land in the virtual world at a lower-than-market price.

Havok (software)

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, Second Life simulators use the Havok 2011.2 physics engine for all in-world dynamics.
Havok is also used in the virtual world Second Life, with all physics handled by its online simulator servers, rather than by the users' client computers.

Simon Stevens

An example of how Second Life has been used by disabled people is Wheelies, the widely publicised disability themed nightclub founded by Simon Stevens.
The award was presented to Stevens by then UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown for his founding of Wheelies, a disability-themed nightclub in the online virtual world Second Life.

Swedish Institute

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Run by the Swedish Institute, the embassy serves to promote Sweden's image and culture, rather than providing any real or virtual services.
In early 2007 the Swedish Institute stated it was planning to set up an "embassy", the "House of Sweden", in Second Life, an Internet-based virtual world.

Carl Bildt

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The Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt, stated on his blog that he hoped he would get an invitation to the grand opening.
On 30 May 2007, he officially opened a "Swedish embassy" in the virtual world Second Life.

Mono (software)

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OpenSIM is BSD Licensed and it is written in C# and can run under Mono environment.
A number of video games, such as The Sims 3 and Second Life (for their scripting languages), OpenSimulator virtual world server, or games built with the Unity or MonoGame game engines, also make use of Mono.

CSI: NY

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Second Life was also featured prominently, and used as a tool to locate a suspect, in the television show CSI: NY in 2007.
Adam Ross (A. J. Buckley) is a lab tech originally from Phoenix, Arizona. His specialty is trace evidence. He sometimes accompanies the CSIs to crime scenes to aid in reconstruction or evidence collection. Outside work he dabbles in various subcultures from Second Life gaming to dating a Suicide Girl, and is a textbook modern geek. Stella Bonasera in particular develops a soft spot for the much younger Adam.

Dwight Schrute

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In the American sitcom The Office, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) is known to play the game, most notably in the episode Local Ad.
His technological talents are limited, but he shows a passion for the online role playing game Second Life, in which the only differences between himself and his avatar is that his avatar has the last name 'Shelford' and the ability to fly, and in "Spooked", he plays StarCraft while dressed in a Halloween costume of Sarah Kerrigan.

Life.Church

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In early 2007, LifeChurch.tv, a Christian church headquartered in Edmond, Oklahoma, and with eleven campuses in the US, created "Experience Island" and opened its twelfth campus in Second Life.
On Easter Sunday, 2007, Life.Church began broadcasting from their new campus in the online game Second Life.