Inspiration Last Minute by Hooray for the Earth @ YouTube __________________________________________
Ok so after losing a week as my Mac (NEW Mac) is killing me and went back to Apple I am back online properly and with said new machine. I thought (well silently screamed in my head often) this is ruining my inspiration. But then….
Two simple words. I found out about it a few days before it got blogged on New World Notes and as I have a commercial Facebook set up took a look. My old Mac that cannot support Second Life worked perfectly well for Cloud Party. It’s embedded in Facebook or you can use just on a normal browser. And inspiration struck me. The piece of music I am using for this post was on my Spotify as I logged on and it really made me smile.
Mesh Content (so yay for those who have learnt it for SL)
Access to a potential huge market via Facebook
Easy Interface (if you can use an iPhone you can use this)
Marketplace and ability to cash out for creators coming soon
And it was well – pretty neat.
It’s not a replacement for Second Life. It’s a different animal but it has the sparks that Second Life first created for me albeit it with a now more skilled background. For a content creator who has learnt mesh and photoshop etc this is an amazing opportunity. Key is for Cloud Party to now get heir pricing point and commercial model right. Then the second key is to continue to engage the Facebook set whilst not getting too distracted by the SL set. And I mean that in the nicest way as I am one of those. They have a small but perfectly formed team, CEO Sam Thompson and his team with advisors Cory Ondrejka (he co-founded SL) and Bruce Rogers from Cryptic Studios.
Sam and Cory have both been online and chatting with people to see how they are finding it.
Within a few days these guys have already released the avatar rigs in fbx/dae so I am sure it’s just a quick walk over for amazing fashion creators (please hurry my system t shirt is really getting smelly)
It has some way to go, for example the camera controls are a bit bleurg and some bits are not quite there. But in the 2 months or so they have been in Beta (if my timeline is correct) these guys have the building blocks to really create an viable and sustainable virtual world.
I have already tested 3 full mesh houses so am sitting with a little nervous rocking motion waiting for land and marketplace to release. I wish them all the best and am looking forward to seeing what comes next.
If you want to check you can try a non Facebook / Anon version @ http://its.cloudpartytime.com
Image is playing with new files they released today for the avatar (not a shot of Cloud Party).