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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

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Second Life Updated
8:59 AM | Marcus Albers | Comment on this story

Linden Labs has updated their multiplayer online society, Second Life. The update brings the game to version 1.6.2, and changes include the following:

International Language Support Residents can now chat and communicate in their local languages, including Asian character sets. Additionally, European and alternate keyboards are correctly supported.
Video streaming In much the same way as streaming audio, both live and on-demand video can be streamed into Second Life and played back on any textured surface in-world. The QuickTime engine is used for streaming playback, allowing support for open standards like MPEG-4. Requires that QuickTime be installed.
Avatar Chat Bubbles: ptional ability to see chat shown as bubbles above avatar's heads.
Searchable Inventory: Inventory window now includes search entry dialog box. Search within your inventory: Type a few characters and find anything fast. Includes popup filter options for searching by type of inventory item.
Friends: New Friend relationship is added that is separate from calling cards. Calling cards have been changed to now make it possible to offer your calling card without requiring trade. Friends are the new calling card that requires a trade. Friends are managed through a new dialog accessible from the pull down menu under 'Edit | Friends...' or on the west pie menu after a context click on your own avatar.
Second Life is free to try for the first 7 days. A one-time fee of $9.95 gives players access to the major features of the game. Monthly fees apply if you want to own virtual land to build and entertain. Head over to MacGameFiles to download the update.

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