Simon Harriyott

Second Life API - reading RSS

For some reason that escapes me, I've downloaded Second Life. I usually avoid games, because I get hooked on them, and waste my life away. Enough people recently have been raving about it, that I thought I'd have a look. Anyway, last night I completed it. I won.

OK, not really. But it felt like winning. The real interest for me in Second Life is the scripting. I'm not too fussed about buying jewelry or playing one-armed bandits. The scripting language a little bit like C, and you can do some interesting things, if you've got the time. I don't have much time, so I quickly looked at the http request, which works nicely. I created primitive that when "touched", will fetch my RSS feed, grab the title of the most recent post, and display it in the IM area. Nice.

I'm not (yet) willing to spend any "first life" money to become a premium Second Lifer, so this may not go any further. I may be willing to spend some money if I can think of a way of making some back. I've only been in three times, so I don't know the culture, or quite how to make money. I haven't yet decided whether to invest too much time in it or not. All I do know, is that it's really exciting having my own content inside a computer game. I've never done that before.

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1 June 2006