Location: Avination Grid
In the June issue of Prim Perfect, I'll run a review of this fast-growing grid derived from OpenSim. I am still working on the piece, so I will just note a few highlights now:
- There's an active user-base that recruits new residents by word of mouth in SL.
- Concurrency runs about 300 and active logins per month run over 4500.
- The grid offers gambling and adult content without age verification (ouch).
- Avination has a working currency and easy conversions from Linden Dollars or Paypal (I bought 1000 credits to kit out my avatar, freebies being very scarce, and uploaded some clothing textures).
- Many well known content creators from Second Life have added stores in Avination, as they have done in InWorldz. Reasons? No hypergrid, strong IP protection, very restrictive freebie policies. Not a place for educators, but I can see the lure for RPers and social users.
Given that the grid restricts name-choices in much the same way that SL has done, I picked a last name from a list. Seeing "Kungfu" and being reminded of my favorite GI Joe, the African-American Adventurer, I knew what I had to do: Grip Kungfu was born.
The default dark-skinned avatar was nice. I purchased some good hair with a long queue in back, bought an AO called "Danger Man," and I was ready for whatever Avination tossed my way. I can take it. Before I had avatars, a long time before, my bud Gary and I made up tons of stories with our GI Joes.
You can guess who the coolest GI Joe was.