Monthly Archives: September 2014

Blizzard Entertainment logoIn a recent blog post, Ciaran Laval wrote about Blizzard’s cancellation of its extremely ambitious project Titan, and opined that it could affect the fate of the new virtual world platform that Linden Lab is working on. What makes the cancellation of this project important is that it’s been in the works for about seven years now, and what makes it seem relevant to Linden Lab’s actions and product portfolio management is that Blizzard and Linden Lab both have MMOs as their main source of income, and that Titan was touted as the “next big thing”.

In comments to Polygon, Blizzard co-founder and CEO Mark Mohaime and Chris Metzen, Blizzard’s senior vice president of story and franchise development, offer partially useful insights into their decision to axe this big-budget project. Note that I say “partially”, because at least some of the real reasons will remain for a considerable amount of time with the people involved. Truth be told, it’s rare for any company to cancel without very serious reasons a large project it’s been working on for years.

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NOTICE: The article below deals with adult topics and fantasies and contains fetish imagery. If you are offended by such topics and / or are not a legal adult, I suggest you leave this instant.

The StG (Surrender to Gravity) Neuropuppet

The StG (Surrender to Gravity) Neuropuppet, an RLV attachment designed by Sian Pearl; a recent blog post by her prompted me to discuss certain points, as well as certain aspects of sexual exploration within Second Life. Please click on the picture for the full-size version.

It’s been a long time since I last posted anything related to D/s and fetishes. Truth be told, events beyond my control have meant I’ve had very little time, and even fewer opportunities, to indulge in moments and thoughts of this kind. Also, the blog had taken a more “mainstream” direction, towards which I’m rather ambivalent. Don’t get me wrong, I’m usually content using my blog to express my views on topics that have nothing to do with sex, romance, or sexuality, but there are times when I feel I keep pushing certain thoughts back.

It was a post by Sian Pearl over at her now sadly deleted parthenoid blog (see archived link under the picture above) that set the gears into motion again. In that post, Sian expressed her extreme distaste for the Neuropuppet (pictured above): A cyberpunk drone play attachment for female (mostly) Second Life avatars she had made on request, based on drawings by Dreampaint Loon. To cut a long story short, this attachment consisted of a face-concealing mask with a drone communications light source on its forehead, and a spine-like rigged mesh attachment, which ended up covering the nether regions. The entire rig also penetrated the female avatar in all three orifices.

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On the 3rd of September at the Rift Horizon Gallery, an exhibit by Chance Acoustic (aka Cath Cole) titled A Room for Ferrisquito opened. This exhibit focuses on famed virtual artist Bryn Oh’s early work, i.e. the period from 2008 to 2011. For the opening, artist Art Blue gave a special 20-minute presentation titled Knowing, which he described as “a one-man theatrical performance”. The room containing the exhibited artwork is also part of the “VULCANICUS” time capsule in OpenSim.

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On Saturday, September 13th and at 14:00 SLT, the first episode of Virtually News with AvaJean Westland will premiere at the LEA Theater, as well as on YouTube, SLartist, and Vimeo.

Virtually News Poster

Virtually News with AvaJean Westland is a mock/spoof news machinima created by actress/writer Gameela Wright (AvaJean Westland in Second Life). Its style follows that of The Onion News Network and SNL’s Weekend Update, and is described as an irreverent take on current events and pop culture, which pushes the boundaries while using animation as the filter.

Gameela Wright

Gameela Wright

Gameela Wright is a New York-based actress and writer, with over 15 years of experience in theatre, commercials, television, voice overs and film. She has appeared in several highly successful TV series, such as Blue Bloods, Law & Order (all three series, including Criminal Intent and Special Victims Unit), and Orange Is The New Black; other TV series she has appeared in include The Blacklist and Members Only.

As AvaJean Westland in Second Life, she performs live theater with the Avatar Repertory Theater Company (ART), and she has also worked as a voice actor and avatar puppeteer for the highly-acclaimed film noir machinima series The Blackened Mirror, where she played the role of Martha Pearse and controlled the avatars of several characters whose voice actors could not be in-world for the filming.

AvaJean Westland

AvaJean Westland, Gameela Wright’s Second Life avatar.

She is also the founder and driving force behind Virtual Girl Productions and has collaborated with Suzy Yue of Running Lady Studios on machinima projects such as The Twilight Sim and Name That Schmuck! Furthermore, she has she has worked with Chantal Harvey, Island Rain Studios, and Alfonso Kohn, and has created machinima for the Project Homeless campaign (The Quiet Dark Wind) and SciFi Film Festival (Centuries Past) in conjunction with Screen My Shorts and The University of Western Australia (UWA). Centuries Past won two awards.

Ms. Wright hopes to use machinima as way to bridge real and second life and to help cement machinima as a form of animation that appeals to all.

As said in the beginning of this piece, Virtually News with AvaJean Westland will premiere this Saturday (9/13/2014) at 14:00 SLT at the LEA Theater. Dress is upscale casual or formal, and attendees are requested to keep their script count and the complexity of their attire low. Also, you are encouraged to arrive at the venue early to secure a seat and give textures and objects enough time to rez.

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