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Annie Ok’s Timeline of Virtual Worlds in Roo Reynolds’ ReLIVE 2008 Closing Keynote

Roo Reynolds, Portfolio Executive for Social Media at BBC Vision and former Metaverse Evangelist for IBM, gave the Closing Keynote at ReLIVE08, the Open University’s conference on Researching and Living in Virtual Worlds. I was honored to learn that he include my interactive, collaborative Timeline of Virtual Worlds in his presentation as Roo is one of my metaversal heroes and I greatly respect his work.

Thanks so much for the shoutout, Roo!

SlideShare from Roo’s keynote:

Video of the presentation (click on pic for link):

Timeline of Virtual Worlds:

Annie Ok: Guest Critic at MIT/Parsons Machinima Collab

Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to be Guest Critic at MIT/Parsons The New School for Design‘s Machinima Collab course.

From Machinima Collab:

Game engines and virtual environments such as Second Life allows rapid-prototyping form of 3D animation and real-time puppetry of characters.

In this research project, we investigate the design and production issues related to making machinima. We chose to work with Second Life for its capacity in customization and ease of use. Utilizing its limited built-in features, including primitive modeling and rigged avatar, designers are able to prototype characters with essential geometries and experiment with modular design method.

Characters created become a living being in the cyberspace and a fictional identity of their creators and users.

Machinima Collab is an initiative to join media theories with design research methods and practices. The project Boba Fett’s Day Off is led by director Beth Coleman, an assistant professor of MIT Comparative Media Studies and lead designer Jenny Mu, an adjunct faculty of Parsons Design and Technology.

Current members of Parsons Machinima Group are Ananya, Brian, Bruce, Esteban, Fengyu, Lawrence, In-Bum, Ingrid, Jason, Rishi, and Valeria. Previous members of MIT Machinima Group include Katherine, Mikail, Raymond, and Stephanie.

I enjoyed immensely all the students’ presentations and hope that I was able to contribute to their knowledge of creating and filmmaking in virtual worlds. I look forward to seeing how the entire group applies their unique skills towards their finished collaborative endeavor. Thanks to Jenny Mu and Beth Coleman for inviting me to be part of such a special project.

Machinima Collab in Second Life with their avatar works in progress:

Rik Riel: Machinima that Matter – A list of machinima films with a Social/Political Message

via The Click Heard Round the World:

Thank you for including my film in your list, Rik!

Metaverse Meetup: OpenSim & Virtual Worlds Interoperability 7.23.08

IBM and Linden Labs recently announced a historic breakthrough in virtual worlds: “…research teams from the two companies successfully teleported avatars from the Second Life Preview Grid into a virtual world running on an OpenSim server, marking the first time an avatar has moved from one virtual world to another”.

The topic for this Metaverse Meetup was OpenSim and virtual worlds interoperability and we were very fortunate to be featuring leading pioneers of OpenSim as presenters: David Levine of IBM Research (Zha Ewry in SL) and Adam Frisby of DeepThink Labs (Adam Zaius in SL). Tish Shute (Tara5 Oh in SL), who writes about OpenSim on her blog Ugotrade, was guest moderator and Global Kids generously hosted us in their space.

More info about OpenSim and the interoperability announcement:

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