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Fight The Power: 'Second Life' Players Virtually Protesting Over New Fees
Posted By: Raymond Padilla - Friday, October 31, 2008 9:58 AM

Linden Labs recently announced pricing and policy changes regarding the Openspace feature in its Second Life virtual world. Starting January 1, 2009, the upfront fee is being raised from $250 to $375, while the monthly maintenance fee is being raised from $75 to $125. As expected, numerous Second Life denizens are pissed off (a medical term) about the increase. GigaOM has reported that players are holding virtual protests over the new fees. Some players are holding protest signs, others are lighting themselves on fire, and some are moving to OpenSim, a Second Life competitor. Wagner James Au writes:

"Within 24 hours of the price hike announcement, more than 800 frustrated SL users, including influential members of the community, had registered with an attractive OpenSim variation. 'I’m moving to OpenSim!' has already become the metaverse version of the 'I’m moving to Canada!' threat we hear every U.S. Presidential election."

I never "got" Second Life. It always seemed overhyped and boring as hell to me. That said, it's cool that its players are so into it. It's even cooler that they're being active instead of apathetic about changes their perceive to be unfair. Viva la resistance!

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Posted by SEPHIROTH111111 - Sunday, November 02, 2008 5:04 PM
Who cares about Second Life? It's something for people who's first lives suck.

Posted by MarkTwainWhite - Saturday, November 01, 2008 9:38 AM
Thank you for your report on the SL Regressive Tax on Open Space Sims.

We welcome you to view the live video of a large very photogenic PROTEST event in the original open space sims (the type of sims that will likely go away if Linden Lab's announced policy stands).

Tomorrow morning at 10AM Pacific there will be a large PROTEST REGATTA starting from the four open space sims which were the first such sims created in Second Life (Santa Barbara,Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and Santa Catalina sims).

Surrounding Hollywood sim and Starboards Yacht Club these sims will host a PROTEST REGATTA which will be webcast live on the SLCN.TV network (http://slcn.tv). Boats from various SL communities (such as the very popular sailing and pirate role-playing communities) will participate.

The race course will take the protesting fleet through more than 20 open space sims, each of whose very existence is threated by the Linden Lab policy announcement.

Posted by BigDogW - Saturday, November 01, 2008 9:01 AM
Why wont Second Life Die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! how many lives do loners need!!!!!!

Posted by Bookshelf - Friday, October 31, 2008 12:36 PM
for me its kinda like gta san andreas multiplayer. at first it may seem boring, but after you start to get to know the regulars and involved with the community and forums its actually quite fun.

basically SAMP is currently my "Second Life" the LSPD S.W.A.T member named Bookshelf lol

my friend Lunchboxx took this pic of me shooting at him in game lol

http://i37.tinypic.com/4r2ln o.jpg

*take the spaces in the link after pasting or the link will not work

Posted by N8R - Friday, October 31, 2008 12:25 PM
I did the same thing silverneedle18 did. 15 minutes and it was uninstalled. Yet another reason GTA4 would benefit from a better create-a-character. Especially one that worked in single player as well.

Posted by down311 - Friday, October 31, 2008 10:26 AM
A whole 800 people huh ? This is funny how serious this is. Can't wait to see the dumb crap that happens in HOME.

This is something that South Park would rip on.

Posted by silverneedle18 - Friday, October 31, 2008 10:21 AM
i found second life boring as hell..i only had it installed for about 15 minutes before i got rid of it
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