The Beeb Does SL

by Urizenus Sklar on 06/01/06 at 11:03 am


After the show, BBC guy Paul Mason chills with an SL beeb groupie.

If you haven’t already seen it, we highly recommend everyone check out the BBC report on MMORPGs.  The streaming video of the program is a long report on online synthetic worlds, including a broadcase from in SL, and a glimpse of Philip Rosedale’s new haircut!  Interesting factiod from Philip: $100K US worth of transactions take place every day in SL (maybe that was common knowledge, but this made it salient to me). 

8 Responses to “The Beeb Does SL”

  1. Oskar Lissheim-Boethius

    Jan 6th, 2006

    You’ve got to love the Beeb! They’re progressive enough for the rest of us. Now, how about having a separate live news broadcast inside an SL newsroom?

  2. Dow Jonas

    Jan 6th, 2006

    Uri, some of us are kind of scratching our heads over this $100,000 US figure. Actually, many days it will say $149,000 or more at day’s end midnight Pacific Time. I see it start some mornings and jump an astounding $2700 US with less than 1000 avatars logged on. We saw this figure jump from the usual $40,000-$50,000 a day before p2p, to the $150,000 US it is today…but with Lawrence Linden making some sort of vague statements along the way that numbers had to be “updated”.

    Only 4000-5000 are logged on at any given time. How do figures like this generate $150,000. Well, casinos and such and texture uploads and stipends all come in there too. So some of this is the funny money that the Lindens manufacture — how much? Hard to know. Some people who have quizzed Lawrence found him to stand by the figures and say that each avatar spends something like $1500 in a typical 3-hour session. I never seem to spend any money, or spend something like $150 on a shirt or $10 while camping so I’m not a good judge. The figure seems inflated.

  3. Urizenus

    Jan 6th, 2006

    Interesting. I wonder if the stipend money goes in those numbers. or maybe lindens take turms swapping large chunks of cash between each other.

  4. Gonta Maltz

    Jan 6th, 2006

    An Aweful lot of time must have gone into this report.

    There really ought to be a higher-resolution video of this available.

  5. TrannyPet Barmy

    Jan 7th, 2006

    yeah and lots more interviewing of Robin !!!!!!

    ROBIN = Tranny’s Babe

    TrannyPet Barmy
    The REAL ONE

  6. Cory Edo

    Jan 16th, 2006

    Hey Heraldinians,

    Am I a groupie if I get paid for it? Wait, that’s a whore, never mind :D Anyhoo that’s me sitting with Paul at the after-broadcast inworld chat. Nice pic btw!

    Gonta – it took us about two weeks on this project from start to finish to put the inworld segment together. The final editing and sync with the voices was done by the BBC, so I’m not sure how long that took.

    There’s a copy of the inworld section only available for download at, thanks to Ice Brody for the hookup.

    Finally Oskar – I’ve been told that the BBC is very interested in doing further inworld broadcasts, covering both RL and SL stories. This could be the start of something big, fingers crossed!

  7. Urizenus Sklar

    Jan 16th, 2006

    Thanks for the info Cory. Wish you were *my* goupie or employee or whatever. You’re too good for that Paul Mason guy, and his wine is *horrible* — whatever Orson Welles thought. Keep us advised about further developments with the beeb!

  8. sashas biggest groupie

    May 21st, 2006

    Hey, have any of you guys ever heard of a dj named Sasha? He is the best dj ever! I heart Sasha since I am Sashas biggest groupie. You can read more about him at . Also, if you want to learn all about blogs, I am also the king of the internet.

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