More Grid Hopping

by Pixeleen Mistral on 11/05/07 at 12:25 am

by Tenshi Vielle, Fabulous Fashionista

I never knew Tuesday nights were so busy in Second Life.

This evening held three very big events in ESC history. The NBA made its virtual-world debut on the T-Mobile sim, while the Aloft project held a second grand opening and took questions from the attendees, and Robert Redford’s The Green presented itself on the Sundance sim.

Torrid Midnight was hosting the NBA Headquarters opening day party, assisting people with utilizing T-Mobile/NBA sponsored HUDs to shoot baskets for prizes. The NBA Store holds jerseys representing the NBA teams, available for purchase at a lean price of $100L. Everything was incredibly well built and extrordinarily scripted; one wouldn’t, couldn’t, expect less from the ESC.
The NBA Second Life Court, where you can equip your NBA HUD, wear your basketball, and shoot some pretty awesome virtual hoops

Amber Habsburg and her friend WhataFool cheer the competitors on, courtside

“The turnout tonight was great and people seem to really like the build,” Torrid said between winning baskets. The build included an arena to pose your avatar with the famed Larry O’Brien trophy. The HUD included functions to do free shooting, HORSE, or to play NBA trivia. I had a lot of fun just shooting virtual hoops there with the other avatars in attendance. The NBA is the first professional sports league to unveil a headquarters in a virtual world.

Cory Edo at Aloft’s bar

The Aloft re-opening was mostly a short audio meeting (questions were taken from chat) about the future of the Aloft and what is expected to come – mostly, the Aloft project was revamped and now their developers are moving on. Real-life development of the Aloft is currently in play, and hoping to be finished this year. There is currently a competition to win the use of the Aloft’s island for a year. Land use ideas are being taken until Friday, June 1st, 2007, and must be 500 words or less. Submit your entry to (email: Cider Starbrook by email or drop a notecard inside the drop box at the virtual hotel.

The Aloft notecard drop box for entrants to use

Is “The Green” a drop of water in the pond of a kinder, gentler Second Life fashion scene? God, I hope not.

The Green is focused on fashion: How can you look good while wearing “green” clothes? Clothes that benefit the enviroment, rather than detracting from it? This may be the appearence of a newer, kinder (at least, enviromentally) fashion community. Simran Sethi, host of “The Green” on the Sundance Channel, will be in Second Life for weekly discussion forums on enviromental issues and solutions. “The Green” forum will take place in the Main Screen

11 Responses to “More Grid Hopping”


    May 11th, 2007

    Yikes. What kinda puff piece is this?

    Also, is this a headquarters? What about MLB?

  2. Cocoanut Koala

    May 11th, 2007

    That is a very pretty basketball court!

    (If basketball courts can be considered pretty.)


  3. bluesapphire

    May 11th, 2007

    Can you now do one of those (edit) things, and admit that you’re now on the ESC pay roll. The sentiment almost made me puke! Is this the Herald?! Shock! Don’t tell me you’ve been Wallaced and ‘sponsored’ by ESC!

  4. marilyn murphy

    May 11th, 2007

    tsk. i read a lot in the herald. and i see a lot of carping about how the herald is always doom and gloom. on the other hand the herald gets responses about it being a puff piece if simply points of interest are highlighted.
    can’t the herald have a variety of outlooks? some of the respondents want only outrage and problems highlighted and others want points of interest.

    i suggest that if you dont like the articles about bad things going on, or good things going on, dont read those particular articles.

    i like it that tenshi is finding places and things of interest. its refreshing after all the crap thats been going on lately.

  5. Economic Mip

    May 11th, 2007

    Well I have a couple of points, one this was Tuesday, and you are reporting on it a couple of days later. Two it is fairly obvious (to me at least) that the ESC bumped up some of these events to get the media talking about something other than Germans and those problems.

  6. bluesapphire

    May 11th, 2007


    This is why we have the evil twins: Herald & 3pointlessD.

    One balances the other, we’re all at sea!

  7. Artemis Fate

    May 11th, 2007

    Look at those nappy-headed ho’s play!

    …Someone had to say it.

  8. HoJo Kilda

    May 11th, 2007

    Oh no you didn’t Artemis!

    I’m not all that into B-ball, but it looks cool. Can you actually shoot hoops here?

    BTW Marilyn, kudos for posting more gridhopping material be it corporate stuff or user created (FYI, I’ve never been to any big corporate builds – not that I’m against them, but there’s more then enough cool user created stuff to keep me busy). I come to SL to have fun personally. Granted, I do some business here too, and all the troubles going on do weight on me, but all in all RL has enough drama for me to get my panties in a bunch about. To me this is a place to lose my worries and indulge in fantasy. There’s a lot of cool stuff out there on the grid, be it fun builds, neat products or just interesting people. Keep featuring them and forget about what all the negative nellys say. There’s a place for everything here I say.

  9. HoJo Kilda

    May 11th, 2007

    Duh… yeah I see that you can shoot hoops. Cool!

  10. Anonymous

    May 16th, 2007

    The NBA is in SL now? where have I been!

  11. Anonymous

    May 16th, 2007

    umm wtf, why does my user name say HoJo Kilda lol

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