Monday, March 14, 2016

2016 VIDEO: PEOPLE: Tropical island to Grand Canyon, digital moon to snow-capped mountains. Sight-seeing is better with friends

Tropical island to Grand Canyon, 
digital moon to snow-capped mountains.
Sight-seeing is better with friends
Virtual worlds let someone create replicas of huge sight-seeing vistas.  But would you go to Grand Canyon by yourself?  Alone?  The Drax files gets the key.  Elegant replicas of scenic vistas that you can walk around in, that you can visit with your friends.  Sure, the real thing would be even more attractive, but how often can you go there?  You can visit you virtual replica any time, with any friends.   

"People feel a sense of presence in Second Life without any fancy input devices simply because they are touched by the relationships with others they have in the moment. I help them to feel they belong there by making their surroundings real and beautiful!"

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          A physical geographer from Holland who has never been to Yosemite makes photo-realistic virtual environments, many modeled after the world's most impressive natural wonders, and subsequently brings fellow SL residents to tears?

          You better believe it: Sominel Edelman has perfected a laborious process of making gigantic landscapes from tropical island to Grand Canyon replica, from a vast digital moon to looming snow-capped mountains.
          Avatars, who live, sell, role-play or simply enjoy the places inaccessible for them in the physical world, immerse themselves in a world that has become uniquely theirs.  A world where they are actively shaping their destiny, empowered by a fellow resident's creative passion.
          Needless to add: Sominel's tireless focus to push his craft above the limits of what is possible in virtual worlds today has made his dreamjob into his day job.
          Perhaps someday he will take a trip to Yosemite National Park after all? No Oculus Rift necessary there either we are told, only pure presence…
          More information on Landscapes Unlimited at
          Thanks to Marianne McCann for set design and production management.  Thanks to Eloise Blake, Nekome, Nora Vanderpoole and all the wonderful extras [please feel free to identify yourself with timestamp!] who participated in filming.  Thanks so much for all the folks who submitted RL footage for this video [in order of appearance]:

          • Corwin Lacourte 
          • Zachh Barkley 
          • Origen
          • Annakari Genesis


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