Monday, November 29, 2010

News: Unity Powered Web SL/OpenSim Viewer

Tipodean technologies has just released a web-based browser called Canvas, for OpenSim and Second Life.

Tipodean is run by an Australian, Chris Collins, ex Linden Labs.

November 29, 2010 - Tipodean Technologies is pleased to announce the preview launch of Canvas, a web-based viewer for both Second Life and Opensim. Licensed from IBM, Canvas is unique in that it is highly scalable and easily customizable. Built with Unity3D and open web technologies, the web development community will be able to create unique and branded immersive virtual world experiences without having to know/learn new or complex code. The viewer can run as a hosted solution for individual use or be deployed to be hosted by others. "Canvas gives you the ability to have a light weight web-based virtual world solution that can configured to whatever your needs may be. Combing Canvas with OpenSim allows for an out-of the-box scalable virtual world deployable in the web", said Chris Collins, CEO of Tipodean Technologies.

Tipodean will be distributing and supporting Canvas. It will be offered in two forms: on a per user basis and as a completely customized deployment. Distribution of Canvas will start the week of December 6th, 2010. For more information, please contact Tipodean at +1 (415) 669-4028 or

Tipodean Technologies is a company focused on virtual world technology that is easily accessible to all.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Links: QUT Game Students' Work

My students at QUT have just completed their final year projects. Some of them are absolute crackers; I'm VERY proud of their work.

I have included a list of the URLs for their projects that they set up as part of the deliverables required in the project unit. They all contain movies, download links for executables and team contact details.

BTW, they will be looking for work now. So feel free to contact them if you are looking for virtual world programming and content creation talent. :-)


Links to student work follow:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Humour: Synergon is a BLARP

Great article via Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing:

"Synergon is a BLARP: a business live-action role-playing game. Players create fantasy characters who start out as low-level corporate drones and then perform boring, soul-destroying repetitive tasks set by a game-master (called "The Boss") until they level up. Players also fight one another for the chance to do more boring, soul-destroying tasks."

Now all we have to do is add a process model system to it, and we'll have a real money maker ;-)