Introduction to Second Life

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  • Introduction to Second Life

    1. 1. Introduction to Second Life Erin Jennings, Instructional Design Assistant, UTD Global MBA Online
    2. 2. What is Second Life? <ul><li>MUVE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-User Virtual Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.secondlife.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second Life is NOT a game </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Main grid is for adults only (18+) </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Avatars <ul><li>Your virtual representative can look as much or as little like you as you want! </li></ul>
    4. 4. Islands <ul><li>Islands are very expensive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$10.00/month Premium account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$1,675 for 16 acres </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly land fee of $295 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Islands are totally bare when they first “rez”. </li></ul><ul><li>What you do with it is up to you! </li></ul>
    5. 5. Islands <ul><li>If you can dream it, you can build it… </li></ul>Morocco sim, Casablanca island International Space Flight Museum, Space CoLab island
    6. 6. Building <ul><li>“ Prims” = primitive objects </li></ul><ul><li>Simple toolkit for creating more complex objects </li></ul><ul><li>Sandboxes: public building spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Some limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Holes through one axis only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10m prim size limit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linking </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Texturing <ul><li>Upload images for $L 10 (about half a cent) </li></ul><ul><li>Save files with alpha channels as .targa to preserve transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Templates available for clothing (see Resources) </li></ul>
    8. 8. Videos <ul><li>Robbie Dingo, master builder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQL8_HB1HtQ </li></ul><ul><li>Using scripts to automate building: http://tinyurl.com/2rxakp </li></ul>
    9. 9. SL Resources <ul><li>Second Life Tutorials and Guides </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Second Life: The Official Guide </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Book for purchase </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Building and Scripting Tutorials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.secondlife.com/knowledgebase </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Linden Scripting Language (LSL) Wiki </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/LSL_Portal </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clothing Templates </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://secondlife.com/community/templates.php </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. More Resources <ul><li>Unofficial Guide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.sldrama.com/index.php?page =2;ffbook=1 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Erin’s Basic Guide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.utdallas.edu/~ebj016000/SecondLife/SecondLifeGuide.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life Developer Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://secondlife.com/developers/resources.php </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Contact Information <ul><li>Erin Jennings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second Life: Serinity Gaea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Island: UTD SOM </li></ul></ul>

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