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Second Life Alternative!!! (Again, /me yawns)


Here we go again.

The horrible Second Life Grid, owned and operated by the evil Linden Lab is not good enough because they actually expect you to follow reasonable rules on an “unstable” (should have been here in 2006 and prior) grid and allow Intellectual Property plagiarism (no such thing as theft if it’s a copy) to run rampant (admittedly, it’s a real bitch to apply a DMCA charge against someone – especially at Xstreet SL) and expect you to spend real money for the privilege (damned entitlement attitudes where the world owes you everything for nothing – you bee-ahch) – so all those who are fed-up and tired of it are (and have been at least since 2006) looking for that elusive Second Life alternative.

Many like myself really wish you’d find it already because your whining and bitching and “threatening” us is getting tiresome, so your leaving would be a really good riddance for the rest of us.

A frequent complaint I recall is…

“ZOMG! I’d leave so fast if only there were an alternative. I only stay because I don’t have a choice. Dammit.”

Many think Open Sim is the answer… but it’s not. Not yet, anyway. OpenSim is still in it’s infancy; it’s Second Life circa 2004. There are many other “alternatives” based on OpenSim and even some proprietary technologies. I’ve personally highlighted TribalNet and Mycosm (which I really am interested in seeing – but it’s development seems to have floundered.) Even the Sim City Societies was going to become a viable alternative to Second Life … had it lasted for more than a few months.

However it seems for now the main technology in everyone’s sights is the Open Sim system; which technically is a violation of the DMCA. /me snickers. Even Rezzible has bailed on the Linden Lab-run grid to create their own private little corner of the virtual internet – again, based on Open Sim. Good luck with that.

So now comes another “private grid” calling itself creatively (albeit considerably cheesy in my own opinion) “Youniverse”. The way I ‘discovered’ it was by scanning the old SLogosphere as I usually do and ran across a post at a place called Cheating Network. So I went over to the Youniverse site to take a peek and get some information – for curiosity’s sake.

First bad news: it’s a Flash-based web site. Big thumbs-down on that. My personal rule is I bail on Flash-based web sites the instant I see that’s what it is. I refuse to subject my computer to any Flash anything if I can avoid it (even at YouTube you can watch the H.264 versions of everything.) However, in the interest of saving you from having to endure anything Adobe Flash, dear reader, I bit the bullet and investigated for you.

There is nothing there.

No really: nothing. There is a dumb-ass full-screen Flash file playing annoying sounds, unnecessary “eye candy” that reacts to your mouse and a single click-through button, upon activating takes you directly to a sign-up ‘registration’ page.

No information whatsoever. Not even a simple synopsis of what it is. Granted, it appears to have just gone into “public” mode and so the web site is still under development. However, it all still looks rather ‘flaky’ to me.

What got my curiosity about Youniverse to begin with was the post at Cheating Network by someone with the incredibly trustworthy name of “Emoxninjaxgone”:

Welcome to a new and exciting online world of social and business networking based on 3D virtual technology where you can have fun and make money!

Funny how he doesn’t mention Second Life, Linden Lab or Open Simulator at all, yet turns-on the selling pitch to full-throttle. There is no doubt what this person is talking about.

Imagine all present leading online social networking sites plus Youtube and Google all together in 3 dimention?!!


Why, it sounds fascinating! I am itching to make loads of cash, stalk people, share bad LolCat Pix with people who don’t really care or know me and watch really bad YouTube movies and be able to search google in a far more inconvenient fashion than by using a standard web browser!

Youniverse World allows you to create your own virtual reality that suits your individual interests where you are able to make friends, chat, connect with like-minded people, find partners, create or enter particular communities and clubs, promote your business, sell your products and also to become a partner of Youniverse World that allows you to aquire a 3D flat with a backoffice and a virtual shop with selected products from Youniverse World.



Just… wow.

If you really feel the need to sign-up so you can make bank before Anshe Chung gets there, go here. Apparently it officially opens on September 25 and is currently in beta. Personally, I’ll stick with Second Life Grid until Mycosm moves another inch.

Because, love ’em or hate ’em, Linden Lab is a reputable company and a known quantity.

[From New Second Life alternative !!! – Cheating Network]

  1. September 11, 2009 at 7:39 am

    LOL. Great post, Ari. The primary reason I keep logging into Second Life is that my friends are there. Ties for second place go to: creating, shopping and occasionally even selling. I too have looked at a few of the “alternatives,” and have found them lacking. If there really was something so mind-bogglingly better than Second Life available, my friends and I would have already moved there.

    But… oh, it’s just so much FUN to whine and complain at the Lindens. :p

    • September 11, 2009 at 7:47 am

      Oh it’s part of the non-public job description: As a public-facing employee of Linden Lab; a.k.a. a “Linden”, you must dawn the Tar-and-Feather rubber suit, assume all attitudes and persona of punching-bag and kicking-dog and must keep bull’s-eye target on back clean and clearly visible at all times. Sometimes I really do feel sorry for those Lindens. Really. :)

  2. September 12, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Not a case of great minds thinking alike since I’m involved, but I’ve written much the same over and over (with more f bombs and spotty grammar). You can check it out (http://www.adric.us/2009/09/blue-balls/), but as I said, it’s this article just 30 lower on the Flesh score.

    It gets old, but I try to attack things as they get loud. OpenSim is only loud if you bend down, Metaplace is loud if you are nine, so Blue Mars is the current loud “that will show Linden”. It’s painful only until their money runs out.

    • September 12, 2009 at 9:41 am

      Indeed, Blue Mars is the title of the day to “keep an eye on”. The nice thing about Blue Mars is how they intend to allow creators… well, create things. As long as you own and know how to use Maya or 3DStudio Max or some other uber-high-end $5,000-software. In other words, the “FIC” Prokofy Neva proclaims runs rampant in SL will run rampant there, too. They also are taking the typical angle of ‘preloading’ much of the content on installation of the software. So it will be a hybrid set-up: PROFESSIONAL creators can create stuff, and that stuff will be installed along with the software so you don;t have to download piles of prims and textures to rez.

      Not allowing the total amateur n00b to create stuff and (attempt) to sell it already will be fail as compared to Second Life.

      Additionally, according the CEO over there (interview with Massively) – “at this time” ‘adult’ activities will not “be allowed’.

      So much for the Second Life killer, much less an alternative as the very reason SL is popular at all is because of anyone and everyone being able (by code law) to create things and jump on promiscuously deviant pose-balls everywhere they go.

      Blue Mars will be successful, no doubt about it. So will Gatheryn and many others. But they cater to an entirely different crowd. Even though Blue Mars is said to have been “modeled” after Second Life (in terms of code law) – and it may (or may not) be targeted toward the Second Life demographic, I suspect many SLers will go, peek, pound their fists in frustration, leave – to return to Second Life.

      I need to write to those Mycosm people and give them a good swift-kick in the pants. based on all they say, it genuinely will be a Second Life alternative – with all new technology. Not a bunch of baling-wire and scotch tape the way Open Sim is.

  3. Anna Tsiolkovsky
    September 13, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Aside from the technological aspects and ‘will it allow me to dress as a elephant seal and get nasty with a Gorean slave hermaphordite’ question, I’m sure another reason the whiners never actually leave is social momentum.

    “There’s no alternative” because hardly any of their friends, enemies, and colleagues make the migration with them. They’d have to (gasp!) blaze a trail and, unless needlessly famous, start all over. Then they’d have to divide time and attention between friends on both platforms which is not fun for all parties involved.

    What they want is a platform which affords them all the standards (haha) of Second Life AND to which their social circles are migrating. Until a ‘world’ appears which allows one to both create at will and allows one to bring their Victorian/Steampunk/Gorean/Furry/etc islands, groups, and family, Second Life will continue to find customers.

  4. emoxninjaxgone
    September 30, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    LOL. Dude, just so you know, I copied that post from a MMD Forum. I was just trying to get people to sign up under me. =P!!!

    • September 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm

      Just as well. it doesn’t matter who wrote it – it still comes off the same way. ;)

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