“Our dreams are a second life.” ~Gerard de Nerval
By Hamlet Au, New World Notes
Cloud Party is now offering private virtual islands for monthly rent, and if you’re a fan of the web-based 3D virtual world backed by Second Life co-founder Cory Ondrejka, or if you’re not a fan of Second Life’s high virtual land tier prices (a common complaint from New World Notes readers), you’ll probably like these prices:
“In short,” CEO Sam Thompson tells me, “there are 100 meter x 100 meter private islands for $14.95 a month, or 500 meter x 500 meter islands for $99.95 a month. There is also a discount for paying 6 months rent ahead of time (for the price of 5).” What’s more, Cloud Party’s virtual currency, Cloud Coins, is now on the market, and you pay your rent with them.
As you may have noticed, a 500 x 500 meter Cloud Party island is 250,000 square meters, making it much larger than a private island in Second Life, which is 65,536 square meters, and which costs you a $1000 upfront fee, and a recurring $295 monthly tier. In effect, the Cloud Party prices offer SL land owners a declaration of independence from high tier costs. (Couldn’t resist the July 4th metaphor, sorry.) …continued
Read the full article on New World Notes (July 03, 2012)