Google Lively - A new world

Out of the blue, Google has announced a new 3D virtual world called 'Google Lively'. The world is similar to Second Life, or the upcoming 'Home' for PS3.

Users can create their own 3D "rooms," and deck them out with furniture and other accoutrements, in addition to being able to add themed music to complete your personalized virtual space in Google Lively. Users will be able to visit others' rooms, leave items for other Google Lively netizens as well as being able to stream photos and video.

"Based on feedback from ASU [Arizona State University] students and with help from the Google Desktop team, we added support for playing YouTube videos in virtual TVs and showing photos in virtual picture frames inside our rooms. Better yet, the gadgets you have in your Lively rooms can also run on your desktop."
- Niniane Wang, engineering manager.

A few other differences from Second Life: Lively doesn't have money. It's designed to be easier to use, with a drag-and-drop interface. And it's not programmable, at least yet, so you can only select furniture, clothes, hairstyles, and such from the prefabricated catalog Google supplies.

As of now, Google Lively only runs on PC's running Windows XP or Windows Vista, with a special browser plugin that uses Emergent's Gamebryo engine.

Niniane Wang also added that upcoming support for Mac OS X is a high priority.

Source: TechRadar
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Hmm I will try this out.

There Are *NO* Freaks on The Internet dude where did you get your infos?

Are you a dude by the way ? :)

j/k j/k

Can be cool for a while but sooner or later will attract freaks all around internet.

I retract :currently is full of freaks.

it's one of their friday side-projects.

I certainly hope my company's cool enough to let me play with stuff 20% of my working time

Sounds like Habbo Hotel to me.
A virtual world for kids that's existed for upwards of 5 years...

So way to go Google. Great "innovation" there

(Guol said @ #21)
Sounds like Habbo Hotel to me.
A virtual world for kids that's existed for upwards of 5 years...

So way to go Google. Great "innovation" there

but i bet that the pool is open

Let me guess. It's all white walls with no furnishings or adornments whatsoever. It has one window and one door so you can enter, leave, look in, and look out. And that's it.

/sarcasm

(excalpius said @ #20)
Let me guess. It's all white walls with no furnishings or adornments whatsoever. It has one window and one door so you can enter, leave, look in, and look out. And that's it.

/sarcasm


With BETA stickers that you can plaster all over your walls to spruce the place up a little.

I really don't understand the purpose of this, maybe it will become clearer in the months ahead. You know it's like Goold just randomly comes out with stuff that seems to have nothing to do with their core business and people either suck it up because it has the Google name on it or because it wasn't made by Microsoft. Ask yourself, if MS came out with this exact thing instead of google, would people be saying wtf stay in your own market or giving them props for trying something different.

Good job Google.. You should have tested this some more before releasing it. Pure crap

Log Name: Application
Source: Application Error
Date: 7/9/2008 5:22:58 PM
Event ID: 1000
Task Category: (100)
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Description:
Faulting application client.exe, version 1.0.1907.1850, time stamp 0x4872cbaa, faulting module unknown, version 0.0.0.0, time stamp 0x00000000, exception code 0x80000001, fault offset 0x073ccf55, process id 0x16a4, application start time 0x01c8e223174c3180.

Do people still use this type of thing? I'm surprised someone sees this as being an effective way to communicate, let alone make money... IM with a small animation of the two people in an icon somewhere might seem to strike a better balance than an entire virtual world that you have to manipulate to communicate effectively. If this is the future, I'm surprised Electronic Arts isn't banging down the door with "My Sims Meeting Place" or something.

This is nice for the people who are into this type of thing. I'm not, however.

I will say that it runs much better than Second Life. And it seems to run better in IE than Firefox 3 for me.

Interesting concept.

Much as Google deserves to be hated you have to give them credit. Between web search data, GMail data, and now the data they will have from this craptility Google will have more marketing data on you than any company could ever dream of. Perfect for rolling out user experience enhancements (or "advertisements" as they are known in the real world) or maybe even for selling. Who wouldn't want to buy even a chunk of Google's customer database?

Come one everyone, install, and help Google learn even more about you!

(39 Thieves said @ #4.1)
What do Google deserve to be hated for?
C_Guy is an expert on Google-hate. He will provide the list of reasons shortly.

(markjensen said @ #4.2)
C_Guy is an expert on Google-hate. He will provide the list of reasons shortly. ;)

Isn't he the same fellow that couldn't figure out how to lock his iMac or some such? Does he have a list of reasons for 'hating' Apple as well? Just curious...

The whole concept of 'hating' a company for the intangible objects they create, that no one forces you to use, buy or access, is just lost on me, I guess.

(39 Thieves said @ #4.3)
Isn't he the same fellow that couldn't figure out how to lock his iMac or some such? Does he have a list of reasons for 'hating' Apple as well? Just curious...

The whole concept of 'hating' a company for the intangible objects they create, that no one forces you to use, buy or access, is just lost on me, I guess.


Sigh... Yup.

Another difference to Second Life... It doesn't work! ;)

If you're running XP64, forget it. If you're not, still forget it as odds are you'll get the same problem a LOT of other are getting, and find yourself unable to join any rooms...

Way to go, Google. Nice launch, chaps.

Wait, did I miss something, where you actually had to pay for this? Oh, no, it's free, and probably something that a few of their employees worked up in their spare time. So why you've decided to act over something that was given to you freely, I'll never know.

(Kreuger said @ #3.3)
As is GMail and every other thing they've created beyond web search :P
Well true, but some (maybe most) of their products aren't in Beta. However, given this just launched, do you think it would have supported 64 bit Windows XP or Vista? I'm sure they're going to add support for those later on. They just wanted to get it out there.

(tsupersonic said @ #3.4)
Well true, but some (maybe most) of their products aren't in Beta. However, given this just launched, do you think it would have supported 64 bit Windows XP or Vista? I'm sure they're going to add support for those later on. They just wanted to get it out there.

Who says it doesn't support 64-bit or Vista? It loads perfectly fine on my Vista Ultimate 64 machine in Firefox 3, although takes an age to "materialize" the room.

(39 Thieves said @ #3.1)
Wait, did I miss something, where you actually had to pay for this? Oh, no, it's free, and probably something that a few of their employees worked up in their spare time. So why you've decided to act over something that was given to you freely, I'll never know.
just because something is free doesn't mean it is good nor that it shouldn't attract criticism as any other service paid or not paid does. Imagne how low peoples standards would be if they could only sing praise for everything that didn't cost them any money.

"A few other differences from Second Life: ... doesn't have money ... easier to use ...not programmable."

So, in other words - its nothing like Second Life. However, sounds very very similar to Playstation Home (except for the whole trophy thing).