The layout of the studio was great, you could sit at the desks and do some typing and you could also sit at the replica news desks and imagine what it’s like to go live with the headlines.
Trouble with all this is that the place was deserted. Although it all looks very flashy there is nothing interactive to draw you there, it would be nice to have some sort of link to the real SKY news or something that you could click on to make it more interesting, perhaps there was, and I missed it!! At the meeting last night CNN talked about altering their sim. They do need something to make people aware of their presence in SL just as SKY do, as I hadn’t even had a clue that SKY was in there before catching Mal’s web site.
As I looked around I noticed a sign asking for people to make films about SL and submit them to SKY, this too is the way that CNN seem to be going, they appear to think that text articles are getting a little ‘tired’ and that the SL video captures are going to be the crowd pullers for the ireporting site in the future. That’s as maybe, and there are some good film makers out there, so I’m sure they will get some great stuff. I don’t know if it’s just me though, as the material that is so painstakingly edited to make these films still comes out looking like yesterdays technology, I’m surprised that the Lindens haven’t included an easy to use ‘add in’ in the SL program to make impressive little virtual films. Then again, who am I to say, I haven’t got the ability to produce the present type!!!