Throughout months of metaverse hype, with all the new names and virtual real estate speculation, I can’t count how many times I’ve thought, “Didn’t Second Life already do that?” Apparently, the people behind Second Life agree and are trying to pull our attention back to their virtual world that (rather helpfully) exists somewhere you can visit on your existing computer.
Speaking to CNET, Rosedale said High Fidelity (his VR project) is shifting seven people to work on Second Life. The deal also includes patents, like two covering community moderation in decentralized environments.
They also noted that Second Life already allows withdrawing money from in-game sales to their real-world accounts, and thinks it can win over younger users with better avatars and a lack of the kind of ad tracking platform we associate with Meta / Facebook.
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Second Life has been running a "metaverse" since 2003.