Normally I do prefer to not post about real-life stuff, but in this case its not really real, but its only available for real…or something.
Anyway if you like a good pirate-story then its almost a must to watch the TV-series “Black Sails”
It is about a group of pirates on an Island, and they have to go through so much in the 4 seasons the series last. You get to love them all together, in their ups and downs.
Its not a kind of disney pirate story. Its more like an adult pirate story, so dont let the kids watch. The intro song is a powerful mix of celtic and metallica. Really good.
I have watched it on the scandinavien version of HBO so maybe its on other versions too.
Hypergridding is the holy grail for the opensim community, apparently. I do have a perspective on that which might make you wonder why it is hyped so much.
There is no real positive explaination for why people love to hypergrid around. It is all because of some negative conditions in opensim that makes it needed for people to be able to travel between different grids.
The reasons I have seen that people usually comes up with to defend it is: 1. Your homegrid lacks good events. You have to find the good events in other grids. (Why do you stay in your boring homegrid then?) 2. Your friends lives in another grid and you want to visit once in a while. (Why dont you live in the same grid as your friends then?) 3. You cant find the content you want in your own homegrid, so you have to search for it in other grids. (Wouldnt that mean that your grid is way too small for you?) 4. You like to explore nice sims, so you travel to experience the beautiful builds and landscape around. (Wouldnt that mean that your home-grid is too small and/or too boring?) 5. You like to research a grid before you make a move there. (You dont have to stay in a grid just because you make an avatar to research, and it is always free, plus you get a better idea about how the performance is.) 6. You have your own grid and want to meet new people around. (Apparently there isnt any newcomers to your grid since you need to search for them in other places, so why do you choose to live on an isolated island if that isnt enough for you?) 7. You like your gridowners so much so that you are willing to miss out a lot just to stay with them. (well if you dont like the gridowners in other grids, why do you still visit their grids then?)
I really cant think of any positive explaination for why hypergridding is needed. It is just because of the lack of grids that contains enough elements with what people need, so they have to search for it in other grids. I am close to believe that hypergridding is what brakes the growth of opensim because of the lack of willingness to contribute to community in the homegrid.
There is a discussion these days in another virtual blog about what can be done if you have bought a service in a virtual world and the service-provider suddenly decides to close down, without any notification.
In my opinion there is a generel risk spending real money online. There are so many ways today for a hacker to steal the tranaction somehow, and so far it seems that the people working with security all over the world is having a hard time with stopping this, so all we can do as consumers is to make sure that we follow the rules and use the tools that the security companies provide for us and then hope for the best.
When that is said it seems that there is an issue with virtual worlds generally, where people do lose real money occationally because of a vendor that close down and leave the virtual world, and put the customer in a situation where they lose money. There is also the same risk in the real world, but you do have more ways to try to get your money back when you know who the provider or merchant is.
In a virtual world it is possible to have a company, shop or service anonymous. You just need an avatar-name and then you can sell your 3d content or virtual service.
We do have to remember that virtual worlds is mostly populated by people who are roleplaying in a certain degree. This means that your mom easily could live a virtual life that she hasnt been able to in real life, for example to be a landlord or to have a little shop or maybe be a male. That makes it even harder to tell if a person is trustworthy or not. One thing is the anonymity, but when its also comes to change of character then its impossible to foresee what could happen in the future.
This doesnt stop people from spending money though, and the reason for that is probably that it is ridiculous cheap to buy something. Most people wont feel hurt when losing a dollar or 2, and that is probably why it is possible at all to sell anything virtually.
It is dead-annoying though if a product you are very pleased with suddenly stops working or cant get updated anymore because of a vendor that quits the virtual life and go back to real life. We just cant do anything about it. We cant find the person anywhere and even if we did find a responsible person, who would spend a fortune to prosecute someone for maybe 10 dollars.
There is just one rule to obey when spending money in a virtual world and that is:
“Dont spend more money than you are prepared to lose“.