Virtual time travel

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Virtual time travel

Postby Vincent » September 29th, 2012, 16:06:51

    Virtual time travel

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    A project funded by the Library of Congress aiming to preserve early computer games, electronic literature like online novel 253, and virtual worlds like Second Life has just kicked off at Stanford University.

    Because they're breaking new ground, one big aim of the project is to work out just how to archive those things so they are accessible in the future.

    Archiving electronic novels, for example 253, or early computer games will be challenging, but not impossible. However, I think virtual worlds may be the hardest of the lot.

    It is one thing to preserve copies of the architecture and objects in such worlds. But worlds like Second Life are much more than that. Without a body of active users, they do not really exist. And those users can't be archived and booted up far into the future.

    The Stanford team leading that part of the project may find themselves embarking on ethnographic expeditions to make videos and other recordings of 'natives' going about their business.

    Once archived though, the stockpiled virtual worlds could offer a kind of time travel to people in the future. At least if it becomes normal to lead a double existence between virtual and real worlds - as people, including those behind this Chinese project, think.

    In, say 25 years, people will be able to step back in time to the Second Life of 2008 and the days when virtual worlds were a niche concern?

    Perhaps they will marvel at the fact that not everyone thought it was normal to have an animal avatar. Or perhaps they won't be able to get beyond the super-slow, pixelated graphics. It'll be like us imagining ourselves drawn into a comic book.
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After gaining 6 years DJ experience, "Vincent" recently got involved with TribalDanceFR and is a weekly resident DJ for them at Club ORBILUX.

"Vincent" has also received offers to play in various Clubs in France, these include Le Balajo, La Java, La Palace, Les Etoiles, etc.

At the beginning of 2009, he started to pursue his interest in producing music. In collaboration with professional producer and friend (Sam Hunwicke), he made his 1st track called (…) and shortly after, 2nd track "DJs The Beat".
He is also looking forward to making his own album in 2012, which promises to be really interesting. He is almost certainly going to be very busy for the future....




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