by Alphaville Herald on 08/08/06 at 12:25 am
Starax Statosky is no more! Linden Lab’s magic wand has apparently done away with him. The master scripter, whose own magic wand had become one of the most popular SL diversions over the last six months or so — even being featured by kingpin Philip Linden at a talk at Google — no longer appears in the in-world Search utility, and forum traffic has it that his land is now owned by Governor Linden. It was well known that LL’s last patch broke Starax’s wand, but it seems it broke his will as well. Which raises an important question: How big does your wand have to be to believe that the patchwork software that is SL isn’t still a beta product? It’s been more than three years since SL came out of beta and went “live,” but so far it has not even come close to resembling anything like a stable product. Claims that you can make a lot of money in SL — as Starax had — are all well and good. But the Lab isn’t exactly going out of its way to inform users that their source of income may be cut off at a whim. And with bigger and bigger projects coming in-world from the likes of radio stations, educational institutions and hit bands like Duran Duran, it’s only a matter of time before one of these undertakings crashes to the ground under the weight of LL’s “change anything anytime” development paradigm. Let’s just hope the lawsuits aren’t aimed at the residents who are providing all that content. Not to mention the fact that people build real lives in SL — only to have the ground shift beneath them just when they thought they’d found a safe place to get their fill-in-the-blank on. If they should be holding off, it’s up to LL to inform them. And just putting it into the ToS isn’t enough. Here’s hoping your project doesn’t go poof too.