Reuters opens up bureau in Second Life. Can taxation be far behind?

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The 200 year old news service which transmitted its first dispatches via homing pigeons has opened up a news bureau in the virtual world of Linden Labs’ Second Life.

Adam Pasick, who goes by “Adam Reuters” in Second Life is the wire services sole correspondent, editor, and bureau chief.

Being a financial news service, reporting is focused on news of economic interest with stories and interviews of some of the characters and entities that keep the Linden economy humming.

The Reuters Second Life News Center also keeps track of the Linden Dollar vs US Dollar exchange rate and total USD spend in Second Life over the previous 24 hours ($436,291 as of 9:00pm yesterday!)

Reuters has also built an in-world Atrium (Second Life s/w required) which you can visit and Adam has posted his hours on the site so you can visit with him and pass on your scoop.

Markets are, to a certain extent, a shared hallucination. It only makes sense for Reuters to follow this story to its logical extreme and explore the edge of value creation into the virtual economy. The lead story on the site today, US Congress launches probe into virtual economies, is the strongest indication yet that what is virtual today will be real (and taxable) tomorrow.

1K Project

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The 1K Project overlays 1,000 replays from the PC game Trackmania and composites them into a single video. A lesson in automotive physics and combustion driven liquid dynamics. No one knows who made this video or where it came from.

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answers.yahoo.com is a first person shoot ’em up

answwerholicsDanny Sullivan takes a look at the growth of answers.yahoo.com and compares it to other successful social media properties.  

If it were a computer game, Wikipedia would be a strategy game in which you take a long view to win a campaign or goal. Yahoo Answers is a first-person shoot-’em-up. Questions appear, and as soon as one is shot down with an answer, it’s on to the next one.

Some of the top players on the leaderboard spend up to 15 hours/day on the site, it’s definitely addictive. There’s even a Yahoo Group dedicated to kicking the habit.

Spore

OMG! I’ve been hearing all about this game as the next greatest thing but until you see it, you can’t really appreciate just how cool it is. Joystiq has links to videos from E3 that show the game in action and it looks amazing.

Joystiq Video, Wired Spore Event 

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The New Yahoo Games

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While the big gaming show E3 is going on in Los Angeles, Yahoo Games has released an update to Yahoo Games including a shiny new version of Yahoo Chess.

Social Software as a Game

Three really great links that explore the relationship between a vibrant community site (i.e. Digg, MySpace) and an engaging multiplayer online game.

Casual Games =~ Social Software – Duncan Gough

Putting the Fun in Functional – Amy Jo Kim’s slides from eTech

Write up of Amy Jo’s presentation – Bruce Stewart

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Job Requirement : Level 60 World of Warcraft Guildmaster

By John Seely Brown and Douglas Thomas write in Wired that contrary to popular perception, multi-player online games are a good training ground for junior management.

. . . the process of becoming an effective World of Warcraft guild master amounts to a total-immersion course in leadership. A guild is a collection of players who come together to share knowledge, resources, and manpower. To run a large one, a guild master must be adept at many skills: attracting, evaluating, and recruiting new members; creating apprenticeship programs; orchestrating group strategy; and adjudicating disputes. Guilds routinely splinter over petty squabbles and other basic failures of management; the master must resolve them without losing valuable members, who can easily quit and join a rival guild. Never mind the virtual surroundings; these conditions provide real-world training a manager can apply directly in the workplace.

– from You Play World of Warcraft? You’re Hired!

They write about Stephen Gillett who was hired by Yahoo as a Senior Director of Engineering.

Joi Ito, who’s gone deep into World of Warcraft, talks about how he gets together with VCs to talk shop much like business folk from the previous century (I love saying that) would do deals over a round of golf.

What’s next? Books in the business section titled, How to Level Up Your Character and Influence People.

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Current Events

Video Games Live with Full Orchestra

Advertised in the entertainment section of my paper as, “A groundbreaking live event celebrating the music of video games,” comes Video Games Live, a full orchestra performance of the music of Halo, Zelda, Warcraft and others. Partially backed by Clear Channel, the performance will feature, “music from the world’s most popular video games performed by top
orchestras and choirs across North America, combined with explosive
video segments from each of the games, lasers and lights to create an
exceptional, immersive entertainment experience” says the press release.

In small print the advert says that there will also be a, “medley of classic arcade games from Pong to Donkey Kong.” I think that’s when the folks file out to get drinks and go to the bathroom.

Treasure Hunt #3

22730932_670ee2634e_o.jpgTypePad 10% Lifetime Discount card to the first one there. In a back alley in San Francisco. Go to blupointesf.com to find address of a yummy restaurant near Union Square, get a seat outside in the back alley and while you are enjoying your scallops and Chardonnay, look for this card on the wall opposite the restaurant.

Treasure Hunt #2

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If you’re going to be in San Francisco, look behind the “s” for 10% off your TypePad subscription. Hint: it’s near the merry-go-round.

Be sure to leave a comment if you find it.