• 29 June 2010
  • Bong Ramilo

We're now building virtual worlds online. So fire up your avatars and join us in the Open Metaverse. We're running an Open Simulator[1] server connected to the OSgrid [2]. To visit our virtual worlds, use the Hippo OpenSim Viewer [3] or another viewer capable of connecting to OpenSim, then connect to the "osgrid" grid -- you need to sign up as a member with OSgrid before you can connect. When you've logged in to osgrid, go to the "DCA" region. We are also developing a megaregion called "YouthBeat". Its still early days; we hope to develop our regions more in the coming weeks. We're working with Paul Jones of Mission Australia's Youth Beat to develop the regions to host youth activities, including pervasive gaming. We intend to work with Youth Beat on a long-term project to enable young people to build virtual worlds themselves. "OpenSimulator is a 3D Application Server. It can be used to create a virtual environment (or world) which can be accessed through a variety of clients, on multiple protocols ... Out of the box, OpenSimulator can be used to simulate a virtual environment similar to Second Life™ (including client compatibility)" [4] Watch this space for updates on how we're doing, in-world.