Merged realities – events and issues for virtual worlds

1. Habbo Australia have surveyed 4012 teenagers (12-18 year olds) on their concerns, with 81% citing the environment as a major issue, with an unsurprising emphasis on bushfires.

Habbo will be closing down for Earth Hour on March 28th at 8.30pm AEDT. What say you Linden Lab, Blizzard and others?

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2. The Alphaville Herald has some stunning pictures of Metaplace builds – it shows the potential power of a well-implemented 2D platform.

3. There’s been quite a lot of focus on this week’s announcement of Sparkle, which allows in-world text chat in Second Life and in OpenSim grids on the iPhone or iPod Touch. Here’s a brief demo:

More on Sparkle once we have a closer look in the next few days.

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