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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Duran Duran Embracing 'Second Life'

Duran Duran (Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor and Nick Rhodes) have announced that 3-Dimensional avatars of themselves are being developed for Second Life.

"When the video revolution began we instantly saw the opportunity to experiment and explore a new form of expression to enhance the musical experience. Second Life is the future right now, offering endless possibilities for artists. Duran Duran are thrilled to be the first band to become citizens of Second Life and are rehearsing now for our first concert there in the coming months. I think I can safely say that it will be filled with surprises," said Nick Rhodes, the keyboardist of Duran Duran, on the band's Web site."

I can't imagine HOW they are going to pull off a Concert from WITHIN the game, but there is something to be said for doing whatever you can to push the envelope of technology. I'd be very interested in seeing how they're going to do it.

I've actually played "Second Life" and find it very close to THERE. Second Life, however, is a little bit more hardcore in that you can actually make real cash by selling things that you develop for the game to other users. My brother is one such vendor, and he reports to me that he makes, on average, $180 US per month (This month, he's made $300) - and he's not a die-hard player. He designs clothing for avatars within the game. He sells his expensive type stuff for $2 US per item. So imagine how much a die-hard can make!??

Some users choose to run bars within the game. Who is to stop these people from say... "hiring" Duran Duran to play in their Cyber-Establishments. How much could that person make by charge a nominal fee of (I'll throw this out there) 0.50 cents (or 150 Lindens) a head to see the band perform a Cyber-concert.

It's mind-boggling.

Read Cnet Article.


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