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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

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Linden Lab Releases Second Life 1.4 for Mac
11:29 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

Linden Lab has released a new update to the Mac version of their popular massive multiplayer online life simulator, Second Life. The new update, deemed version 1.4, adds many new features that allow players to further develop their "second selves", including support for personal "theme music", and even marriage from within the game. From the press release:

Version 1.4 features include:

  • Custom Character Animations – For the first time, Second Life Residents will be able to animate their avatars to do almost anything they can imagine. Using an open .bvh file format supported by products like Curious Lab’s Poser®, Residents can create and upload animation files to Second Life endowing their avatars with distinctive “moods” and movements. And, in creating everything from guitar-strumming rock stars to world-class swimmers, Second Life Residents are discovering they can live out their wildest dreams in-world. To date, users have developed realistic boxing matches, recreated action sequences from major movies and put together elaborate dance routines. The most talented Animators will have their hands full trading and selling their work – adding to an already robust in-world economy.

  • Theme music for everyone – Live streaming audio support allows Residents to link to Internet audio sources broadcasting among other things, live sportscasts, talk shows, DJ soundtracks direct from real world clubs to Second Life clubs and even programmed soundtracks for one’s own property.

  • Live Connections to the Real World - XML-RPC allows data and commands to be sent back and forth between disparate systems over the internet. In Second Life, this means computers outside of Second Life can communicate with Resident-created objects and scripts in-world. Some applications for XML-RPC include faster in-world blogging, the ability to send newsfeeds into Second Life and the capacity for store owners to manage their inventory remotely.

  • Profess Your Love - With the new Profile option, Second Life couples can make their relationships official. Married and connected Residents will be able to designate their partners on their profiles in-world where their relationships will be visible to the rest of the community. Can’t be married in real life? Try Second Life.
  • Check out the full press release for more information.

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