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Virtual Me coming to a Virtual World

Actually this post has been siting in my head and was started in December. I found something in Second Life that I’m a big fan of but I was too late to actually experience it. So I was going to wait until this event finished so I can write about it and hope to find out when it happens again. All was going great and had some great info to share but then suddenly what I was going to write about disappeared. So I had to wait hoping it will come back.

I’m a “Big Brother” fan and haven’t missed a show yet. Yes the reality show called “Big Brother” from Endemol. I just don’t watch the US version I also watch the UK and Australian version. If I could understand other languages I’d watch the other shows all over the world. Let’s just say I have friends who can share these shows with me. I also read all the forums and around this time every year I get excited. More excited than I get during Halloween. Actually The Australian version just started while I am typing this out. Don’t bother me when all three versions are happening at the same time!

Reality TV show comes to Second Life with Big Brother

So now you know what I am posting about here. In December I found out that Endemol ran a “Big Brother” game inside Second Life. Picking 15 people to participate in their virtual game show on their island. These avatars had to stay in a house for 1 month doing tasks and trying to get along with each other. Each contestant had to spend at least 8 hours a day in the house. People could go to the island and watch what was happening in the house. Then the people who are watching could vote for the person they want to stay. The person with the least amount of votes gets evicted. This ended in January with Madlen Flint as the winner. Today the house is no more and no signs of Endemol in the world.

I was debating to post about it knowing their is no place in SL anymore or just forget about it and move on. I was lucky this month because I found an article on BBC which referred to Big Brother and another virtual world. Virtual Me seems like it will bring the reality games on TV and bring them in their own virtual world. Endemol partnered with EA bringing something new to the virtual world community is very interesting to me. In the press release it says they will have it opened in a couple of months. I’m waiting for any more info with anticipation! They probably tried Second life and wasn’t impressed by it and now creating something that will do exactly what they want.

Boldly going where no avatar has gone before?

Star fleet headquarters from Star Trek in Second LifeStar Trek fans have a place to roleplay in Second Life

Here I am standing at SL Starfleet Headquarters [SLURL] in Second Life. What am I doing here? What is the purpose of this place? Well this is a Star Trek Role Playing Area. In their manual it describes themselves as a counterpart to the real life organization STARFLEET: The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc. Their website has plenty of information for fans and events.

Showing off a star ship from Star Trek in Second Life
A really good video report on the Starfleet Sim from thinkerer.org

These people have ranks and uniforms and rules to follow in their sims. Seems they welcome outsiders because I never saw or was told to leave. I did find someone else who made some videos and went on a tour. So if you’re interested, you should check out the videos above to learn more about it. I’m not a huge fan of Star Trek so I wasn’t interested in the Role playing but it seems like a great place for fans to meet others. There are plenty of Role playing in Second Life and I think it’s an interesting way of expressing what you really enjoy.

Virtual NBC in Second Life

When I was looking around for Christmas events this month I missed one big event that NBC had planned. You can read about it at 3pointD article here and a later post here. This event looked like it would have been a fun time to attend and looked like a was a good success. I attended the BBC event and that was a fun time and very busy. NBC also put up a website about their second life events at virtualnbc.com. At this point they don’t have much there but maybe in the new year they will have more events. I love having more interaction with TV shows so this could be an interesting experiment for the future of second life.

Virtual NBC building for everyone to exploreChecking out the Virtual NBC stuff in Second Life

There were some other events that NBC did in second life that was interesting. You can read about their jam session on December 20th here and here. They also tried a football event with some games to play at their sports bar last Monday at the same time showing the game on TV. The game wasn’t shown in second life. I can see where a lot of these type of events tied in with a program shown on regular TV can be a good experience for all involved. I am a fan of many shows and would love to spend time with other fans in a virtual world.

Ice rink for NBC sports in Second Life for Virtual NBCVirtual NBC celebrating Christmas in style

MST3K in SL

This post may be weird to some, interesting to others and exciting to others. When I first joined up to Second Life I found two places that got me very excited. The first was the showing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” as I described in a previous post. The second is a place that was inspired by a comedy show that ran for 10 years on cable stations. Remember all those old science fiction B movies from the 70’s and 80’s? Did you just love to make fun of how cheesy they were or how bad the acting was? That is what MST3K is all about. The full name of the show was “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” It started off on “The Comedy Channel” and then switched over to “The Scifi Channel” where it ended. It lasted for ten years and was a unique comedy show.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 in Second Life

Some fans have found a way to bring the concept to Second Life. Elex Dusk has provided a theater outside of his Elbow Room club where he shows old movies. The audience watches it and makes fun of it by comments on the movie as it’s being shown. To make this all work at the same time we all have to buffer the movie. This means to push play on the movie control and wait until you see the movie playing. At this time Elex waits for everyone to be buffered and then he calls “movie sign” which means he is starting the movie again. This allows everyone to watch the movie at the same time and give comments on the same scenes. It works similar to the RHPS movie showings without the props and stage performances. Some of the shows are old movies, old ads or new amateur movies like the star trek movies made by fans. Come on down and make fun of these movies while everyone laughs at some great jokes. This event is usually happening every day at 7:00pm SL Time.