Torch Top 5

The Torch Top 5

5) Valve delivers the next generation of controllers

Valve have recently began the beta process for their first dip into the hardware industry, the SteamController. This new controller enables you to play your Steam games directly on your TV and has a range of unique features developed from years of user input gathering. Instead of the usual joypads, SteamController has two haptic track pads. This allows for much more control than joypads or buttons could ever achieve. The control is also made to be “hacked”, bringing the filosophy of user customization out to the hardware market. You can sign up for the SteamController Beta for free at

4) Stephen King returns to Overlook Hotel in new novel

Stephen King is releasing a new novel taking place some 40 years after the events of The Shining. Dan Torrence is now middle-aged and must save a young girl, who shares “the shining”, from quasi-imortal beings called True Knot. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King is available in your local book stores and online now.

3) China lifts game console ban

China instituted a ban on all video game consoles in 2000 out of fear that it is harmful for children. Though consoles have been obtainable through private retailers, it has been forbidden to sell them in China until now. The lift of the ban is part of  new free-trade zone in Shanghai and might have something to do with Microsofts joint venture with the Chinese television channel BesTV. Their aim is to create family friendly games and related services.

2) Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Francisco 49ers take over London’s Wembley Stadium

The Jacksonville Jaguars And the San Francisco 49ers set to go head to head as part of the NFL International Series. The game, which is set to take over London’s Wembley Stadium, will see the Jaguars host their first game in the series against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday October 27th at 5pm GMT or 9am PST.

1) Linden Lab introduces Facebook SLShare

Second Life creators Linden Lab have announced a new feature available to SL Residents. Second Life Share also known as SLShare gives you the ability to share pictures, locations and updates via Facebook without having to leave the virtual world. A walk through tutorial is now available on their Community Post.

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Fantasy Roleplaying in Second Life: Avilion Part 2

Trustees of Avilion reviewing the Combat Parade

Trustees of Avilion reviewing the Combat Parade

Our series, Fantasy Roleplying in Second Life, featuring the sims of Avilion is back with part 2, after a couple of week’s hiatus. In our first installment, we introduced you to the sims of Avilion. In part 2 we will look at the people of Avilion. Continue reading

Hidden Gems: T1 Radio & Legends Rock Club

T1 Radio & Legend's Rock Club Beach

T1 Radio & Legend’s Rock Club Beach

On this week’s Hidden Gems, we will explore the home sim of T1 Radio & Legends Rock Club.  Legends Rock Club, created in 2005, is one of the oldest and first clubs of Second Life. T1 Radio & Legends Rock Club is owned and operated in Second Life by Trade1 Whiplash and  Nuala Maracas.

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Fantasy Roleplaying in Second Life: Avilion Part 1

Castle Ballroom of Avilion

Castle Ballroom of Avilion

Welcome to the start of a new series, Fantasy Roleplay in Second Life! This four part series will look take you inside the mythical realms of Avilion and will cover the people, places, and events of this great Second Life location!

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Hidden Gems: Pala and Greyhaven

One of the many fishing areas at Pala & Greyhaven

One of the many fishing areas at Pala & Greyhaven

On this week’s Hidden Gems, I venture into the sims of Pala and Greyhaven. Pala and Greyhaven are owned and operated by Grey Nacht in Second Life. Both of the sims have been in Second Life for almost 4 years. The sims are unique in that they are set up entirely for 7Seas Fishing and offer a variety of customs and freebies from the Acardia Asylum.

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Things to Do in Second Life – Week of June 2, 2013

Check out some of the fun and exciting things to do and see in Second Life this week:

Music & Festivals:

Berry Festival, 4th Edition! After the great success of the Berry Party on 2010, 2011 and 2012, HullaBaloo presents the Berry Festival 2013, from May 20th through June 23rd. This event is hosted and supported by SL Kids Community, and it’s absolutely family friendly. For more information, be sure to visit

Glastonbury Pop Festival:  Throughout June, London City celebrates the Glastonbury Pop Festival with performances from the many popular bands and acts who’ve appeared in London City this past year with a month-long tribute to the world of pop music, complete with contests and prizes. For more details, visit

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Hidden Gems: Brunel Hall Hotel and Restaurant


Brunel Hall Hotel and Restaurant

In this week’s Hidden Gem, we explore Brunel Hall Hotel and Restaurant. Brunel Hall Hotel and Restaurant has been owned and operated in Second Life for the past 4 years by Victor1st (Victor or Vic) Mornington. This unique location is located in one of the steampunk sims of New Babbage.

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Catfishing in Second Life Part 3: Preventing Being Catfished

In the first and second installments of Catfishing in Second Life, we explored the nature of catfishing, including the most common tactics used. In this final installment we will look at how you can prevent being catfished in Second Life.

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