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davidlian is an ultra-geeky chinese dude that works for a technology PR agency. He loves fiddling with techno-toys, plays Warhammer 40K, and shoots pictures wherever he goes. Here, he rants about PR, Technology and anything else. Don't expect balance and un-biased, he ain't no journalist. Anything said on this blog are solely davidlian's personal views. Don't confuse them with company mantra, client's views or views of any organisation he may be part of.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

davidlian live on lively!

Exit Second Life. Enter Google's Lively.

My Lively Island - Share on Ovi

So Google launched it's Second Life would-be challenger Lively yesterday to much aplomb. I've taken it for a spin and I must say, it's actually pretty darn good. Leaps and bounds over the experience I had with Second Life in my first hour.

But whilst people are comparing Lively to Second Life, I actually wonder - is Lively more akin to The Sims Online (now called EA Land)? Simple interface. Effortless item placement and ready-made building templates. Numerous ways to connect with people and zip from room to room (so long flying). And thousands and thousands of people just waiting to be talked to (or not) and whom you'll meet just but once in your lifetime.

But by far, for me, the winning feature has got to be the fact you can install a widget to the side of your blog, and have people visit your effortlessly from within the same page as your blog. This has got to be the killer feature for Google.

Why? Well, quite frankly, because I've always hated booting up a programme to log-in to virtual worlds (life Second Life). Now that I can do it from the convenience of my own blog (or anyone elses blog for that matter), I AM fascinated by what virtual worlds can do. The number one hurdle has been cleared.

Am I singing too much of Lively's praises? Well, yes. I reckon as with any interesting new toy, the novelty will wear out soon and problems will surface. But for now, one hour's passed and I'm still loving it. That's quite a record, really.


Yin Phin said...

david, which is the best online avatar game now?

yclian said...

Not a fan of Second Life or that kind of virtual world games/communities. I had tried IMVU before though.. for 2 days?

But then, not being a fan doesn't mean I am a disbeliever of it. Integrating it using widget with blog is a cool idea too.

It somehow makes me to start thinking about the world of Matrix. Like, when it will come.


yclian said...

Yin Phin: Maybe you wanna check these:

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Virtual_reality_communities
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Massively_multiplayer_online_role-playing_games


davidlian said...

Wait for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning!!

Yin Phin said...

yclian, thanks for educating me on all these virtual meeting places.