Virtual World Hangouts: So Many To Choose From

The avatars roaming many online virtual communities may be cartoonish and their activities inconsequential, but the recent sale of Club Penguin to Disney for $350 million (with $350 million in earn ou

Second Life Bans Gambling Following FBI Investigation

An ongoing investigation by the FBI into gambling in Second Life is believed to be directly related to Linden Lab’s sudden decision to ban all forms of gambling on Second Life. The FBI investiga

Bestiality May Be Knackered In Second Life

Linden Lab, the creators of Second Life, may be extending their crackdown on “Broadly Offensive” behavior to Bestiality, following attempts to remove virtual pedophilia (or Age-Play) from

Will The Last Corporation Leaving Second Life Please Turn Off The Light

The LA Times has an interesting article up on the failure of real life businesses in Second Life. The crux of the piece is that despite the hype, real life businesses are closing down their Second Lif

217 Million People Play Online Games

217 million people worldwide play online games, according to new figures released by comScore. The study took into account all sites that provide online or downloadable games but excluded gambling sit

Second Life Copyright Infringement Claim Heads To Court

A case of alleged copyright infringement in Second Life is heading to court. According to Reuters, Second Life entrepreneur Kevin Alderman, the owner of Eros LLC, a company that makes virtual sex beds

G-Men Visit Second Life Casinos, Stay for the Brothels

The FBI has visited Linden Lab and their Second Life casinos in order to figure out just what that giant teddy bear — really a Japanese exchange student — and the fat man in Spokane who looks like

Kaneva: A Place for (3D) Friends

Kaneva is a new social network that extends the concept of MySpace into a virtual world. Although you’ve been able to sign up for a 2D profile on Kaneva they recently opened the doors to their 3

Second Life Speaks

Second Life has had music, but has otherwise been rather mute. That’s all soon to change when Linden Lab rolls out a beta test for person-to-person speech. Like a lot of other in-game speech sys

Forget Second Life. Get a First Life.

Darren Barefoot voices his dismay over all the Second Life hype by creating a very, very funny parody site called “Get a First Life.” The site describes itself as a “3D analog world&

Second Life Goes Open Source – Should It Be Non Profit, Too?

Second Life made their client software open source today, sparking near rapture among its hard core users (see comments to their blog post). The first two paragraphs of the announcement talk a lot abo

Dell To Make Announcement In Second Life

This new trend of announcing news in Second Life is generally pissing off journalists, who don’t have a lot of time to waste. But Dell is apparently going ahead with plans to host an invite-only

Crayon Claims To Be First SecondLife Company

Virtual reality service SecondLife must be loving all of the positive press it’s receiving lately. After raising another $11 million in funding earlier this year (bringing their total to $19 mil

Metaverse breached: Second Life customer database hacked

High profile virtual reality game Second Life reported today that one of its databases containing unencrypted user information was breached two days ago. The company confirmed that this is the first t

Second Life turns three years old

Though a pile of recent mainstream media coverage and a Jeff Bezos round of investment may have turned many readers on to the virtual world of Second Life only recently, it (like many parts of the Web