Virtual Worlds Virtually Anywhere Dr Clare Atkins Belma Gaukrodger NMIT
The Plan <ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of SL and SL based MUVEs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Answer questions and get di...
What is a MUVE ? <ul><li>Internet based  Multi-user 3D Virtual Environment  </li></ul><ul><li>typified by Second Life </li...
Second Life (SL) terms   <ul><ul><li>Avatar  -  your SL account, the manifestation of you in SL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
Things to know about SL <ul><li>Second Life provides:- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  Server services (US based)   </li></ul></ul...
Things to know about OpenSim <ul><li>OpenSimulator is open source version of SL server-side code:- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A...
Things to know about Simonastick <ul><ul><li>a free simple downloaded zip file that fits on a USB stick </li></ul></ul><ul...
Things to know about Kitely <ul><ul><li>provides access to Kitely worlds via Facebook account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>l...
How do we use them? <ul><li>It depends! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for community and free resources - Second Life </li></ul></u...
OK! - Time to Play - Your choice <ul><li>Main activity </li></ul><ul><li>     Belma will take you into Second Life </li></...
Want to explore further? <ul><ul><li>http://muves.wordpress.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://kiwibelma.wordpress.com/...
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  • Just SL? If so, there may not be any time for Kitely. PCs don&apos;t have Imprudence - can we still access OpenSim?
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    1. 1. Virtual Worlds Virtually Anywhere Dr Clare Atkins Belma Gaukrodger NMIT
    2. 2. The Plan <ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of SL and SL based MUVEs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Answer questions and get distracted as we go </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Over to you.... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tell us where you would like to go! </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. What is a MUVE ? <ul><li>Internet based  Multi-user 3D Virtual Environment  </li></ul><ul><li>typified by Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>user-generated content, free to access,highly immersive </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Today going to look at four  </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>OpenSim , Simonastick , Kitely </li></ul>
    4. 4. Second Life (SL) terms   <ul><ul><li>Avatar - your SL account, the manifestation of you in SL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linden Labs (LL) - creators of Second Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Server code - software running basic SL 'world' engine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SL Viewer - open source software downloaded to client PC to allow user to enter SL (like a browser)  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TPV - Third Party Viewer - non-Linden viewer for accessing SL e.g. Phoenix, Imprudence  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Region/Sim/Island - area of land in SL (actually space on a server) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grid - the collection of sims making up a 'world' e.g. the SL grid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rez - to appear (be rendered) inworld (e.g. this is taking too long to rez!) </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Things to know about SL <ul><li>Second Life provides:- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  Server services (US based)   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  stores all data about the 'world' </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  provides functionality for generating content  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  services comes at a price! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Viewer (downloaded to your computer - 'client') </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>always up to date for latest SL functions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>can require updates frequently and unpredictably </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>free </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free access (but) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>needs premium account for owning land (US$9.95 pm ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>need to own land for permanent building </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>possible to work on 'free areas' but no future security </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Large community exists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>resources and people </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>it's safe, areas can be locked down! </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Things to know about OpenSim <ul><li>OpenSimulator is open source version of SL server-side code:- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anyone can download and install their own 'world' on their own server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A number of not-for-profit and commercial organisations offer the server side services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ReactionGrid, JokaydiaGrid ,InWorldz (paid) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NZ Virtual World Grid (Auckland Uni) (free to NZ education) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OSGrid (can either pay for land on their servers or install your own 'world' on your local machine and 'join' it to others in the grid) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be accessed with the SL Viewer or TPVs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is less advanced than SL and less stable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less available resources but community shares! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hypergridding allows travel between different grids </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Things to know about Simonastick <ul><ul><li>a free simple downloaded zip file that fits on a USB stick </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>has EVERYTHING you need to run a complete OpenSim world i.e. all server software and a TPV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>once downloaded you don't need to be online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can run on your PC or on the USB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can create and save your world and put it into your pocket! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>plug it into any computer and run your world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can be configured to allow others to visit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can by made hypergriddable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can be joined to a grid like OSGrid </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quick demonstration! </li></ul>
    8. 8. Things to know about Kitely <ul><ul><li>provides access to Kitely worlds via Facebook account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>login with Facebook - Kitely does the rest  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>automatic download of a TPV, creation of account, plugin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can visit others' worlds and/or create your own </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can set world access using Fb friends or groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>currently free to access but will be charging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>worlds live on the Amazon 'cloud' so only appear when used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>you have complete control over your world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>can create your own or load up ready made worlds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fast and easy for visitors to use  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>    </li></ul><ul><li>Quick demonstration </li></ul>
    9. 9. How do we use them? <ul><li>It depends! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for community and free resources - Second Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for a stable but fairly enclosed world - OpenSim </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to create, develop - Simonastick (probably on a PC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for running a self contained teaching environment - Kitely </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I would often </li></ul><ul><ul><li>develop in Simonastick on my PC, save/create a world file, upload file to Kitely, invite others to the world. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>take students into SL when I wanted them to experience the community or pick up resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All based on same software so easy to move between them </li></ul>
    10. 10. OK! - Time to Play - Your choice <ul><li>Main activity </li></ul><ul><li>     Belma will take you into Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Also possible </li></ul><ul><li>     Clare can support you running Simonastick  </li></ul><ul><li>         (account name Simona Stick  </li></ul><ul><li>             password 123 </li></ul><ul><li>            Gridname Localhost) </li></ul><ul><li>    Students can help you to access  </li></ul><ul><li>         Kitely (your Facebook account) or </li></ul><ul><li>        OpenSim (JokaydiaGrid) </li></ul><ul><li>         </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    11. 11. Want to explore further? <ul><ul><li>http://muves.wordpress.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://kiwibelma.wordpress.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://vlenz.edumuve.ac.nz </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://vlenz.wikispaces.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>or email clare.atkins@gmail.com </li></ul><ul><li>              [email_address] </li></ul>

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