by Alphaville Herald on 30/12/08 at 6:51 pm
PN Griefer attack's aftermath confuses Linden film maker
by Pixeleen Mistral, New Media/Film critic
“Technically its not off line – I’m right here… ohhh I don’t have a good feeling about this… hahahahaha … oh… what are those particles?…. this is just so surreal…where is everyone?” – Torley Linden
The Holidays wouldn’t be complete without some snow-themed seasonal movie viewing, and a trio of films – two of them from the daring young director Torley Linden – left this viewer feeling that virtual snowball fights have now been covered from all possible angles, with varying degrees of artistic success.
Filmmaker TheGreatGigantor of the PN griefers documented a grifer attack and sim crash of the Linden Lab snowball fight event in Hatton sim with a rather grainy cinema verité offering that follows the well known PN plot line – cubes falling from the sky, resulting ultimately in a sim crash and involuntary logout. However, in a nod to the festive season, a blackface Santa Claus texture lightens the mood. Normally this sort of film would not be worth comment, but it explains a curious dream-like sequence in Torley Linden’s live film covering the various Linden snowball fight sims.
At 3:15 into his video, Torley Linden encounters a deserted sim, brings up the map and sees that the sim is listed as offline. Torley’s monologue is pure comedy gold as the watermelon-obsessed game god slowly realizes that something is not right – then quickly flees the scene, as he realizes that some players might not be following the Linden friendly greetings script.
Rounding out the offerings is a high-sheen Linden marketing hype video that was featured in the Linden Blog. Notable for an over reliance on quick cuts and various forms of gaussian blur filters, this film presents the sort of idealized image of the metaverse that the Lab hopes will help erase some of the bad feelings created over the last few months.
However, the film is listed as a joint effort between Torley Linden and his RL wife Ravenelle, and the Linden-by marriage status Ravenelle has achieved — along with favored access to the Linden publicity machine — is not likely to sit well with residents who might wonder if the playing field in M Linden’s game is level.