Melbourne Laneways is a new build featured on ABC Island. It was created by Gary Hazlitt and Ben Zabelin from The Project Factory on behalf of the ABC and Multimedia Victoria, who have produced an associated publication titled ‘Would Your Business Benefit from a Second Life’ (download here).
The public launch was held this evening (Thursday night) at 7pm AEST with a good roll up of aussie residents:
The creators describe the build as such: “The project uses real-life images of graffiti, architecture and objects found in Melbourne’s iconic city streets, and recreates these to produce a completely interactive world where people can explore mysterious laneways, clubs, puzzles and cafes.
Head of Virtual World Development at The Project Factory, Gary Hayes, says: ‘We wanted to catch the vibrancy of the Melbourne Laneways and the architecture of Federation Square. Second Life gave us the ability to animate these buildings and give them the movement that we feel they want.’ ”
There’s a lot to explore in a fairly modest area. Without giving too much away, here’s some glimpses of what to expect:
And there’s even a cafe you can drop by with a well-known face behind the counter:
It’s great to see an iconic part of Melbourne in Second Life. Now, where’s Hobart?