To say I like Draxtor Despres‘ video series “The Drax Files: World Makers” would be an understatement. His work on the series has been excellent and I’ve tried, within the constraints imposed on me by my RL, to cover it as much as possible. There are, of course, certain episodes I’ve missed; some because RL has been extremely hectic lately and I never got around to watching them (to be honest, there’s been very little blogging activity here in the past few weeks), and some because I had doubts regarding my own suitability to cover them, as well as what the message I would end up sending to the readers (especially regarding very sensitive matters that are far beyond my own area of knowledge in RL) would be.
Taking the lead from The Drax Files series of videos, the machinima creator has moved to the creation of a series of radio-like broadcasts, titled The Drax Files Radio Hour, hosted by him and Jo Yardley who runs the 1920s Berlin project. The show is all about the community of Second Life; it is driven by it and the community is its target group. The show offers commentary and also features interviews with people relevant to various topics.
The show is not about investigative journalism, as Drax himself quickly admits in the beginning of the second instalment. It serves as a way to extend the discussion of topics related to Second Life outside its confines; beyond blogs, beyond social networks, beyond forums and, to be honest, beyond the drama that is all too often present there. Now, podcasts about virtual worlds are not new at all, so no prizes won for novelty here. Still, Draxtor is a very friendly host who succeeds in getting people to speak about various topics, and the interplay between him and Jo further relaxes the show’s atmosphere.
One of the things Drax succeeded in with The Drax Files was to portray Second Life in a positive manner, in spite of all the bad rap it has been getting ever since… Quite possibly, ever since its launch; at least, already after I had first joined it in September 2006 with my first account, controversies, gossip, drama and scandalmongering have been the order of the day, and that’s without taking into account all the instances in which the Press gave both Linden Lab and Second Life a serious beating for various reasons. In The Drax Files, Drax focused on the positive side of Second Life, aptly demonstrating that it really is not a pastime for losers at all.
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