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Microsoft Rumored To Buy Second Life

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 30, 2010 @07:10PM (#33754134)

    No confirmation, no denials, no explanation, no reason to believe it at all... ...and this is news?

  • IP (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Nerdfest (867930) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @07:14PM (#33754174)
    The only reason I can think of is they want to pick up any patents they own and sue people. Perhaps I'm bitter ... it seems that's the only reason companies get bought these days.
  • by kelarius (947816) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @07:20PM (#33754232)
    Microsoft is purchasing this in anticipation of starting a virtual brothel in Xbox Live. Subscribers will be able to pay real money to participate in virtual (fake) sex acts with complete strangers.
  • by corbettw (214229) <corbettw.yahoo@com> on Thursday September 30, 2010 @07:21PM (#33754240) Journal

    If they did, would anyone notice?

  • by RLiegh (247921) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @07:33PM (#33754320) Homepage Journal

    two words:
    Patent
    Portfolio

    They've been rumored to be active in one of the open-source secondlife clones for a while now, so it's not a matter of wanting the access. Secondlife has been thoroughly, totally mismanaged for years so it's not the expertise (besides, didn't they just lay off most of their employees?).

    There's only one, single thing that they would gain from this purchase; and it's so obvious that I'm literally shocked no one has mentioned it yet.

    They want the patent portfolio, so that they can shut down any competing open source clones and prevent anyone else from operating in that space.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 30, 2010 @07:38PM (#33754356)

    Home has turned out to be a massive success for Sony. Microsoft has to do something because right now their online service is getting laughed at by gamers:

    * Forced 50 dollar a year online fees
    * Laggy P2P based networking for games
    * Tiny online game sizes because of the horrible P2P networking tech
    * Their creepy ripoff of Nintendo's Mii avatars

    Compared to Sony's:

    * Free online gaming for every single player
    * Standard dedicated servers for all major games just like in PC gaming
    * Gigantic player counts for online games thanks to the dedicated servers
    * The massive Home online service

    Home is absolutely packed with people at all hours of the day with almost every person spending money constantly on Home items for their characters and personal spaces. The amount of money Sony is making off of the Home service is huge when you add up just low estimates for what people are buying every month.

    Sony has been working on Home since the early PS2 days. Combined with their long history of experience in MMORPG tech and development it is going to be basically impossible for Microsoft to take Second Life and turn it into anything that can compete with Home.

  • Its a Sick Joke (Score:3, Insightful)

    by RobertLTux (260313) <robertNO@SPAMlaurencemartin.org> on Thursday September 30, 2010 @07:38PM (#33754358)

    From what ive heard on the SecondLife Beta group this is laughable at best

    Why would MicroSoft want to buy a company that
    1 has massive LINUX installs (the SL grid farms)
    2 is running about 3 minutes from being sued into a crater 85% of the time
    3 has nothing that a company like MS needs or wants (the L$Mega types most likely HATE microsoft)

    Now the whole Mesh beta thing is lots more interesting

  • One word.... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by SuperKendall (25149) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @08:07PM (#33754566)

    Why would MicroSoft want to buy a company that
    1 has massive LINUX installs (the SL grid farms)
    2 is running about 3 minutes from being sued into a crater 85% of the time
    3 has nothing that a company like MS needs or wants (the L$Mega types most likely HATE microsoft)

    Hotmail.

  • Re:IP (Score:3, Insightful)

    by darguskelen (1081705) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @08:12PM (#33754598)
    I'm looking at this two ways: What could MS use SL technology for? and As bad as SL is, can MS POSSIBLY make it worse? Their track record says "YES" but SL's quality says "OH GOD NO, GEOCITIES EXPLODED INTO 3D!"
  • by endymion.nz (1093595) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @08:12PM (#33754602)
    I'm sorry that money is your defining metric for value. You should reorient yourself and focus on ideas and people, because the level of cognitive dissonance required for your moral structure has clearly impaired your ability to avoid logical fallacies.
  • by internettoughguy (1478741) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @08:20PM (#33754646)

    yeah, doesn't he know that linux users base their sense of worth and value around how much cock they can suck?

    Can you think of a better metric?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 30, 2010 @08:38PM (#33754736)

    Microsoft can't fix Windows for real, so maybe they'll try in SL.

  • Who can say? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by interval1066 (668936) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @08:45PM (#33754776) Homepage Journal
    I can see a great new UI paradigm that couples Surface with 2nd Life, maybe. Maybe Microsoft (finally) has a new trick up their sleeve. Or they are simply illustrating yet again how cutting edge they are ten years ago. I dunno...
  • by RingBus (1912660) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @08:46PM (#33754780)

    Home is massive. The amount of work Sony has put into it over the years is enormous. A full MMORPG style gaming engine. Media streaming tech and servers. Integration with games and the PS3 system software. Huge amounts of tools and processes for adding content from Sony themselves and vast numbers of third parties.

    Microsoft would have to spend years coming up with anything remotely similar. I have a hard time imagining they are really going to try to come up with a copy of Sony's Home. There is burning anger from the humiliation the huge success Sony has had with Home both from the gigantic userbase and enormous support from third party gaming companies.

    But everything at Microsoft points to them no longer really trying to compete with Sony and the PS3 and instead have given up and turned to trying to turn the old Xbox 360 hardware into a Wii type device. They have been closing down internal studios and other internal Xbox related teams for the past two years. They now only have about 3 first party studios. Suddenly ramping up the resources and personnel to try to create an answer to Sony's enormous Home online world just doesn't make sense. Whatever they come up with is going to be so late and rushed that it is going to just look like junk in comparison.

  • by RingBus (1912660) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @08:58PM (#33754832)

    Home did generate massive amounts of hatred from Xbox owners in the gaming media as expected. That is the only possible way you could make the absurd claim that Home has been anything but a massive success. But outside of angry fans of other consoles with nothing to compare to Home, the services has been absolutely flooded with gamers from day one.

    The service was so successful right from the very first month Sony was absolutely giddy reporting the number of users and amount of money they were making from online sales.

  • by QuantumBeep (748940) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @10:50PM (#33755410)

    Easy! Just get rid of the entitlement complex, roll the mouse wheel one more notch, and the article you aren't interested in will disappear from your screen.

  • In other news... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by rwyoder (759998) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @10:58PM (#33755444)
    Second Life still exists???

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