Ricco looks back: visiting Drune

Celebrated cyberpunk city 2019-XS reborn as Drune

Back in December and January, different blogs featured a futuristic, cyberpunk region in Second Life called 2019-XS. It was, some will have figured already, a tribute to Blade Runner, the movie by Ridley Scott which is set in a dystopian Los Angeles of… 2019. After a few posts on that great sim, though, the place…

Ricco trapped in a coffin

6 curious ways to die in Second Life

Death in Second Life is a particular experience: in many cases, it may result in great fun. One of the great advantages of SL for that matter is that avatars can always be brought back to life. In my early days in the virtual world, I used to enjoy jumping from the sky and seeing…

With his Installation 1, Sergio Botha blurs the difference between sculpture and architecture

When architecture beats gravity

“Architects spend an entire life with this unreasonable idea that you can fight against gravity.” (Renzo Piano) Back from my vacations, I recently had to build a new house for myself – my first mesh one – and started thinking of the ways architecture has been following in Second Life. Not that I’m a creative…

S.I.C.: Hope comes from above

Visiting a post-industrial dystopia

“There was nothing left in them except sorrow for what they had done, and love of Big Brother. It was touching to see how they loved him. They begged to be shot quickly, so that they could die while their minds were still clean.” (ORWELL, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four.) Science Innovation Company, S.I.C., is a classic…