by Alphaville Herald on 10/12/08 at 12:20 am
Reliable sources say Havok 4 project leader has left Linden Lab
by Pixeleen Mistal, National Affairs desk
After a year and a half at Linden Lab, Sidewinder Linden is missing from the in-world person search and presumed to be spending more time with his family while pursuing other interests. Unfortunately, after being feted for bringing a new, more stable physics engine to Second Life, Sidewinder’s services are apparently no longer needed at the Lab, which suggests that M Linden and company have not run out of ways to lower resident morale.
During his time in the metaverse, Sidewinder gained a reputation as one of the rare Linden Lab game gods who generally improved the world. Sidewinder led the Havok 4 project to upgrade Second Life’s in-world physics. This project had the potential to destroy everything from boats to bullets, but in the end there was minimal impact on the residents’ creations. Although there were a few rough patches during testing, Sidewinder’s willingness to actively engage the players and do more than pay lip service to their concerns set a standard that has yet to be met by other Lab staff.
Sidewinder was very highly regarded in the SL sailing community for taking the time to work with both sailboat scripters such as Owen Oyen and rank and file sailors to fine tune the Havok 4 physics engine. Sidewinder also cultivated an appreciation for the fine arts, and frequented SL ballet performances, which is where I first met him.
Espresso Saarinen recalled Sidewinder as “an effective grown-up who delivered a much more stable sim platform and was known for working with inmate^h^h^h^h^h^hresidents… he will be sorely missed”
The Herald staff will be wearing super-twisted black torus prim armbands to commemorate the passing of Sidewinder.