Linden Labs on Google TechTalk

Philip Linden and Cory Linden did a presentation at google Techtalk on Matrch 1, 2006. I didn’t see any mention of this on VTOR so thought I would mention it here for future reference. The presentation showed many objects that one can buy in the game. Cory showed off the physics engine by creating dominoes and knocked them all down. The dominoes set themselves up again after a certain amount of time. You can actually see the Starax wand which is 18,000L to buy but it’s a cool object! They even talked a bit about security stuff refering to the replicating object attacks that have been happening recently. Everything is streamed from the server and the client is dumb so the security problems other games might have wouldn’t be a problem here.

There are 15 terabytes of data in the game from all the objects and sims which were made. The average age of users in the game is 32 and 43% of them are female.

They also mentioned a bit about the scripting language and the upcoming change to mono. Find out why lighting wasn’t added at the beginning. There are also 25% users selling objects and 75% buyers. Also mentioned a bit about updates to some objects and they could put a system for automatic updates but they didn’t say they would.

It’s a very interesting 1 hour video of what the lindens are thinking about in the future and why they made some of their decisions.

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