While Second Life still works on my old computer, it does so with the old viewer and with lots of lag, which meant for me it’s time to look for alternatives.
Fixwaffle's first screen capture at NuVera (click to enlarge)
NuVera Online is a virtual world developed by Nitrous Butterfly. It’s being developed by a very small team. In fact, the Nitrous Butterfly website mentions there are only two people working on this project and the results are very impressive indeed. The project is still in beta. It still has some bugs and it’s liable to change, but after talking with Wyllo, one of the developers, I came to the conclusion it’s going only to develop for the better. There are many things that don’t work yet like character customization, but those things are being worked on as we speak. So – bearing in mind that we are talking about a beta, let’s get in world and see how we like it there.
Fixwaffle at the Welcome to NuVo area in NuVera Online (click to enlarge)
Your avatar starts at it’s own privet space – a private apartment. One of the things I like about NuVo is the way they distinguish private and public areas. In short, your avatar can’t go around public areas doing what is considered private in real life, like going naked in public for example. This, and the fact that content for NuVo is created by registered users who actually paid a one time cost to become creators would probably keep the griefing (the act of using scripts to spam other players with object or going naked in inappropriate zones) to a minimum. While NuVo is meant for an adult audience, it’s not an adult website but more of a social networking site.
After logging on, I went looking for Tutorial Island and ended up in a welcome area where I had a nice conversation with another avatar. Hmm… is it our avatars having the conversation or us people who are driving those avatar? I digress… anyway… asking other people always helps you understand things better so I soon found myself knowing more about avatar customization (thanks Liquidlight) which is currently limited to changing the avatar’s cloths, hair and skin. More options would probably be coming on the next viewer release. After spending some NuVo Notes (the local currency) I ended looking somewhat better.
Fixwaffle after customizing his avatar a little in NuVera (click to enlarge)
Playing some more with the controls around my NuVo apartment, I managed to change it a little… well… more then a little…
Fixwaffle getting surreal at NuVera Online (click to enlarge)
After I finished trashing my virtual apartment with bats, fishes and some blue-purple fog, I went over to Tutorial Island where I met Wyllo, one of the two developers behind NuVo. We talked at length about their plans for NuVo and it sounds allot like what SL should have been with some of Linden Labs mistakes taken into account. While many new virtual worlds work allot on the bells and whistles of their worlds, trying to make them look as sparkly and glamourous as possible, they often neglect the social aspect of VWs. NuVo is first and foremost developed as a social network and that’s the sort of thinking that would keep worlds like this one from becoming a novelty iOS app, such as Blue Mars is becoming. I think I’m going to stick around, see how this one comes out. Go check it out yourself, and if I’m there say hi. I’m Fixwaffle over there. Have you checked it out? Tell me about it…
Fixwaffle at Serenity by Wyllo in NuVera Online (click to enlarge)
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