is a new, three-dimensional online world with an ambitious agenda to build a diverse, global community.
The developers tout Blue Mars
as a ‘next generation’ 3-D environment, one supposedly unfettered by the legacy limitations of earlier efforts… (presumably meaning Second Life
). I’m writing about Blue Mars today because they recently went to “Open Beta
,” so you may want to go take a look.
Here’s one of the promo videos:
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The sign-up is free, but (cough) the installation package is over 1 GB. I also had to wait several days before my “application” was approved, and it was more than a little irritating jumping through all the hoops to set up my beta account.
Having said that, I admit it: Blue Mars graphics are very pretty… and actually it was easier and quicker getting approved at Blue Mars than it is to SLSailing.org. On the other hand, I guess, once you are “in” to Blue Mars, it’s pretty obvious this is still an early beta; the resources and user development tools are largely nonexistent at the moment!
But if you sign up, you’ll find out that Mars DOES indeed have water!
Here is a screenshot from one of the (very few) regions currently open:
I’ve only spent a few hours on Mars today, mostly getting my bearings and looking around. It certainly looks as though there’s a potential to develop a multifaceted sailing community there. It doesn’t look like it’s presently on their agenda, however. If sailing develops there, it’s going to take a rich, cooperative interaction between Blue Mars and the large group of fantastic, creative developers and single users from the sailing community.
As soon as I wrote that sentence, however, I admit I smiled… I asked myself “Which sailing community?”
The ‘best and the brightest’ who are all now on OSG?
Grin. The answer was obvious… there is no difference. We all are sailors, and a new grid is just one more challenge, a new horizon waiting to be conquered.
Until then, I’ll be at the Royal Aloha Golf Club…
But Jacqueline? Moth? Alan? Caf? Everybody?
I HATE GOLF.
Let’s see if this place can SAIL!