by Alphaville Herald on 23/03/09 at 7:58 am
3D on iPhone3G — Genkii asks "Where the angels investors at?"
So there I was, reading TechCrunch on the Herald yacht, when I saw that there is a new iPhone app named Sparkle that will let me chat with my Second Life friends without logging in. I immediately downloaded it, and IM'ed Mimi Coral who was in world. "Hey Mimi, I'm chatting with you from my iPhone!" Mimi: "…ok…". Clearly she was not impressed.
OK, so chatting with someone in world from outside the world is not so impressive, but the planned next iteration of Sparkle -Sparkle 3D — is interesting, since it seems the makers of Sparkle, Genki, are going to use the iPhone as a platform for a graphical virtual world (hence Sparkle 3D). TechCrunch spins it this way:
And of course what would a discussion of virtual worlds be without the mandatory gushing about the big bux to be had:
The viral potential for a mobile virtual world optimized for theApple ecosystem could be as big as the potential for continuousmonetization: sales of avatar accessories, virtual apartments(utilizing iPhone 3.0’s new subscription option), sales of in-game items, music downloads, branded spaces and conventional ads come to mind.
Rah. And then there is this: