Second Life is by no means the best software for virtual worlds
Montreal, Ontario (PRWEB) September 10, 2010
A single day after Linden Labs banned the extremely popular Emerald Viewer from accessing the Second Life servers, Modular Systems has released a new version of their Emerald Viewer for a competing platform. The new Emerald Viewer is available on their web site at http://emeraldviewer.net.
“Second Life is by no means the best software for virtual worlds," Modular Systems said in a statement. “What makes it great is only the community of users. We’re confidant that the community will enjoy the Virtual World Web more than Second Life, and we strongly encourage everyone to download the new Viewer so that they can see for themselves.” Where Second Life is laid out as a giant “grid,” the Virtual World Web ( http://www.theVWW.com ) is a network of more than 35,000 user-created virtual worlds that are hyperlinked together, much like the familiar World Wide Web. Both SL and the VWW use Avatars, though Second Life requires the user to purchase upgrades and animations that are included for free with the VWW. Modular Systems has been officially invited to participate with Utherverse, the company behind the VWW, in advising on new viewer features and possibly on future client development.
“This is an enthusiastic group of developers who also love spending time in virtual worlds. They know what a Viewer needs to do to make the user happy because they use it themselves,” said Brian Shuster, CEO of Utherverse. “It’s shocking that their talents weren’t properly appreciated by Linden, but the popularity of their work speaks for itself. We are very happy to have started up a new relationship with Modular Systems developers.” Linden Labs banned the Emerald Viewer on Wednesday, saying in part that the Viewer was “…blocked from logging in to Second Life as a result of violations of our Policy on Third Party Viewers,” but Modular Systems issued a statement denying Linden’s allegations saying, “Linden Labs has made it abundantly clear and in fact stated quite bluntly that they want Emerald numbers, which at this point in time number around 50% of total Second Life logins.”
As an incentive for users to get the new Emerald Viewer to explore the Virtual World Web, Modular Systems negotiated a deal to allow their users to exchange any land or Lindens for VWW land and Rays at very favorable rates. Any person interested in taking advantage of this offer will need to have the VWW Emerald Viewer, and contact support(at)utherverse(dot)com.