Cica’s Happy Town in Second Life

For those who have visited and enjoyed Cica Ghost’s region-wide art installations in Second Life over the last decade plus, her build for April 2023 may well raise a sense of nostalgia and memory, whilst retaining its own originality.

Happy Town, which opened on April 7th, 2023, presents a whimsical town scape with a rather unusual feature: everything in it appears to be made of, or covered by, sewn and stitched fabrics, or has been knitted. The land sits as a patchwork quilt, buildings appear to have wall coverings which have been sewn onto them, indoors and out. Even the trees are strangely two-dimensional, their tops looking like snare drums over which green baize has been stretched and onto which flowers have been sewn, before being sat on their sides atop hemmed and sewn trunks. Even the sky appears to be a grey blanket into which the clouds have been stitched like so many patches to cover holes or tears.

Cica Ghost: Happy Town, April 2023

It is an engaging and imaginative setting, a place where only the citizens appear to be organic – and even these are not human. Instead, this is a town apparently populated by anthropomorphic cats who tend happy-go-lucky sheep, chickens and pigs whilst also working as the local mechanics. And even then, I’m not sure the sheep or chickens are actually being “kept” so much as also being local inhabitants.


True, they might for the most part be clustered in what might be taken for a central meadow, along with their barns and hen-houses whilst hemmed in (so to speak!) by a low fence with a single opening; but equally might this not also be the local park where the locals have simply come for some weekend fun? Certainly, the hi-fiving chickens seem to be having fun and the sheep – whilst possibly not related to Shawn the Sheep, look as capable as him.

Cica Ghost: Happy Town, April 2023

The buildings are a curious mix – some on the ground, others up on stilts, some as wide as they are tall, some with pipes entering or exiting them. It is here that for those of us with long memories might feel that hint of nostalgia, as there is something about Happy Town this brings forth memories of Cica’s 2014 Small Town. This is further aided by the presence of the little cars and the road winding through the town. While both are different in nature to those of Small Town, sitting in one of the cars and setting out along the road brings back memories of driving around Small Town.

As well as the car to drive (you can be sure they are roadworthy thanks to the cats looking after them!), Happy Town includes places where you can dance, places to sit, ladders to climb, and a little theatre where another memory from Cica’s past builds: one of her animated stick figures as seen in the likes of Ghostville offered as a movie to be enjoyed.

Cica Ghost: Happy Town, April 2023

Delightful and light, Happy Town will be open through April for people to enjoy.

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New Feature: Scripted Agent Estate Access

We are pleased to announce a new feature to enable Estate-level access management of scripted agents. As of Wednesday’s deploy, a new flag to prevent identified scripted agent accounts from entering a region has been added to all regions.

What is this feature exactly?

  • deny_bots is a new estate-level flag for denying identified bot accounts access to a region.
  • When deny_bots is ON, all scripted agents that are not explicitly listed in the estate’s Allowed Access list will be denied access to all of the regions within the Estate.
  • Scripted agents that have Estate Manager privileges for an estate will also be able to access regions inside the estate. regardless of the estate’s deny_bots setting.
  • When deny_bots is OFF, scripted agents are treated the same as any other avatar with regard to estate access.

Details on using this new setting can be found here. You will need to download the latest version of the official Second Life Viewer to manage access on your estate through the Region/Estate floater – or you can use the Region Debug Console (available on the Develop menu) on any viewer. 


We’ve also updated our scripted agents policy, which can be found here.

We hope this new capability to manage the privacy and comfort of your Second Life gives many of you an extra measure of peace of mind!

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Surprisingly Second Life Stays Strong!

Whats New For Second Life 2023?

As a virtual world that has been around for two decades, Second Life has undergone many changes and updates to keep up with the evolving digital landscape. In 2023, Second Life has introduced new changes that promise to enhance the user experience and offer more opportunities for creativity and engagement.

One of the most significant changes in Second Life 2023 is the introduction of new avatars. These avatars are more realistic and customizable, allowing users to create avatars that look and feel more like themselves. The new avatars also include more options for body shapes, sizes, and skin tones, promoting diversity and inclusivity within the platform.

Second Life 2023 has also introduced new tools for creators, making it easier for them to create and monetize their content. The new tools include a more streamlined content creation process, improved asset management, and new options for selling and promoting virtual products.

Another exciting change is the introduction of Second Life on mobile devices. The mobile app allows users to access the virtual world on-the-go, making it more accessible and convenient for users who prefer to use their mobile devices.

In addition to these changes, Second Life has also introduced new features for socializing and interacting within the platform. One of these features is the new event system, which allows users to create and promote events within the virtual world, making it easier for users to find and participate in community activities.

Moreover, Second Life has also made significant improvements to the platform’s performance, reducing lag and improving stability, resulting in a smoother and more seamless experience for users.

These changes are part of Second Life’s ongoing efforts to provide a more immersive, engaging, and inclusive virtual world. With these new features and improvements, Second Life 2023 promises to offer users a more customizable, accessible, and social experience.

In conclusion, the new changes in Second Life 2023 represent a significant step forward for the virtual world, enhancing the user experience and promoting creativity, inclusivity, and community engagement. With these new features and tools, Second Life continues to evolve and adapt to the changing digital landscape, providing users with a unique and immersive virtual world experience.

Second Life Isn’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon So Keep Supporting Projects and Keep Your Dream Alive!

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New mobile Viewer For Second Life?

Second Life plans to launch a beta for its new mobile viewer later this year

After launching on web browsers in 2003, the mobile version of Linden Lab’s life simulator is currently in development

Linden Lab is bringing a Unity-based mobile viewer to its long-running virtual world Second Life, according to a preview the company posted last weekend.

“This isn’t the first time we’ve tried to build a mobile viewer because of course we want to have all of the glory of Second Life in our pocket,” Linden Lab says. “But honestly this is the most exciting result we’ve seen so far. We really wanted to start with the hardest things first – and beautiful world views – and we wanted to make sure that our app works on all platforms. And so, it is with joy and trepidation that we share with you the early results of these efforts.”

Linden Lab does note that the team is still in early stages, so there’s no UI or functionality to show off yet, but we do know it’s expected to hit beta “later this year” as development continues.

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7 tips for tweaking the performance of a Windows 11 gaming computer

Getting a new computer can be exciting, but getting that PC to run at peak performance requires the implementation of some simple but important tweaks and optimizations.

A group playing on a gaming PC.

Thousands upon thousands of people receive a new desktop or laptop computer during the holiday season. Many of these new systems will be running the Windows 11 operating system, and more than a few of those computers will be designated for gaming. Unfortunately, this is where so many people make the mistake of believing default settings and configurations are sufficient for gaming performance.

Whether you purchase your new Windows 11 computer from Best Buy, Dell or an online boutique, it must be tweaked and optimized for gaming. Taking some simple but important steps at the beginning to prepare your new PC for gaming will turn an ordinary PC into an extraordinary one that reaches its full performance potential.

Top 7 Windows 11 gaming computer tips

The following tips and suggestions have been covered individually before on TechRepublic, but the true benefit of these ideas occurs when they are applied together.

1. Turn on game mode

Windows Game Mode will devote considerably more resources to a gaming application, turn off notifications, and shutdown or slow down most background activities, thus improving performance. CPU stealing background apps like file indexing, feature updates and malware scans will have to wait while you play your games.

Open the Windows 11 Settings menu and then click the Gaming item in the left-hand navigation bar. On the Game Settings screen, open the Game Mode item and then move the toggle to the On position, as shown in Figure A.

Figure A

On the Game Settings screen, open the Game Mode item and then move the toggle to the On position.

2. Prioritize GPU in specific games

While you are on the Game Mode screen, click the Graphics item to display another default setting you may wish to change. For graphically-intense games, you will likely want to specify that you want to always use the high-performance GPU during gameplay.

As shown in Figure B, click the Change The Default Graphics Settings option and then turn on Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling.

Figure B

Click the Change The Default Graphics Settings option and then turn on Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling.

3. Turn off enhanced pointer precision

This next gaming performance tip is probably the most obscure. Through the enhanced pointer precision setting, Windows 11 tries to better the user experience with a specific set of enhancements for your mouse. However, many games do the same thing, and they can conflict with each other, causing less efficient mouse pointer movement — opposite of what is intended.

For gaming computers, it is best to turn off enhanced pointer precision. Search “mouse properties” in the desktop search and then select Additional Mouse Settings from the Related Settings section, as shown in Figure C. On the Mouse Properties screen, select the Pointer Options tab and turn off enhanced pointer precision.

Figure C

Search "mouse properties" in the desktop search and then select Additional Mouse Settings from the Related Settings section.

4. Update GPU driver

Drivers for GPUs, regardless of manufacturer, are constantly being updated and enhanced for better and more reliable performance. Graphics cards from NVIDIA, AMD and Intel operate at peak performance when they are using the most up-to-date drivers, so you must update your gaming computer regularly.

The graphics card drivers that are installed at the factory are likely to be several releases behind, so it is imperative that you take a few minutes before you start installing games to update your drivers.

5. Update Windows

Similarly, it is important to update Windows 11 before you begin installing applications and games on your new gaming computer. The factory version of Windows 11 is likely several versions behind the current release, and new security protocols need to be in place for your protection.

Remember also to check for additional and optional updates, because the drivers for chipsets, network cards and other hardware may be several releases behind. To reach peak performance, all systems must be up to date and secure.\

6. Disable non-gaming, non-necessary startup apps

Depending on which company put your new Windows 11 gaming computer together, you may have just a few unnecessary or promotional applications, or you may have a dozen or more. While these apps are generally mostly harmless, they can impede the performance of a gaming PC if not removed.

Open your Start menu and then find your apps. As you scroll through the list of apps, right-click on ones you would like to uninstall. Start with the obvious promotional apps from third-party developers, and then consider other applications that aren’t practical for a gaming computer. The list of removable candidates will be personal to you and your situation.

7. Enable the optimized, high performance power plan

The last performance tip for a new Windows 11 gaming computer requires that we bypass the normal Settings menus and open the Control Panel. Type “control panel” into the desktop search box and select the appropriate item from the results. From the list of settings on the Control Panel, shown in Figure D, select Power Options.

Figure D

From the list of settings on the Control Panel, select Power Options.

On laptop computers, you will likely only have the Balanced option by default. To see other options, click Create A Power Plan from the list in the left-hand navigation bar.

As you can see in Figure E, you now have a few more options. For a gaming PC, choose the option that provides you with the best performance, but keep in mind that the setting will use more energy and drain your battery faster.

Figure E

For a gaming PC, choose the option that provides you with the best performance, but keep in mind that the setting will use more energy and drain your battery faster.

There is a potential power setting called Ultimate mode, which would be ideal for a desktop gaming computer running Windows 11, but that setting requires a special procedure and a hack of the Windows Registry File.

Optimize for gaming

Getting a new computer is an exciting event for most people. Getting a new computer that will be used for gaming is even more exciting, but getting that computer ready for the performance needs of modern games requires some preparation and optimization. Take a few minutes to prepare your new computer before you start loading games and other applications on your new computer.

WATCH: Video Preview of Crystal Frost

Unity-Based SL Viewer — Test Client Available in 2 Weeks!

Well this is exciting — the first video preview of Crystal Frost, the upcoming third party viewer for Second Life that runs in Unity. Created by SLer and longtime developer Berry Bunny (Kallisti#2038 on Discord), the frame rate is a bit slow, but the graphic enhancements are pretty clear. And yes, the wandering cube is the avatar.

“Rendering avatars requires decoding rigging data from meshes,” Kallisti tells me, “and I currently have not looked into how to do that just yet.”

She tells me a playable version will be available “in a couple of weeks tops”, first for people who are members of her Patreon.

Crystal Frost SL viewer comparison Firestorm

“The first public test build will be in about a month.”

As for what you’re looking at in the preview, Bunny’s already working on fixing the issues: 

“The memory leak issue that held up development for 6 months has been 100% absolutely and unequivocally fixed, and I’m now using less RAM than Firestorm does, while rendering everything at full 100% highest detail. However the framerate is much lower, but I know why and i’m working on a fix.”

Far as frame rate, it’s about 30 FPS now. “But I’m going to do some dynamic occlusion culling and implement level of detail like Linden Lab clients have So about a third of my frame rate with Firestorm. But Firestorm, like all Linden Lab-based viewers have occlusion culling. I don’t, at all. Once I do the frame rate should be ridiculously higher.”

Here’s another side-by-side demo with Firestorm, “demonstrating updating object positions, rotations, and scales, including for child prims.”

And yes, Crystal Frost will likely work on mobile “in the future, but at current there’s a lot of optimization that needs to be done to support mobile. in the future.”

Go here to join the Crystal Frost Discord for updates.

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