It’s the first of the month…

Note: To all those who have been poking me about the big secret in the Firestorm video. Yes I am aware – admittedly after-the-fact, as I didn’t check the link at the time, so egg-on-face to me! However, Jessica informed me what was really going on not long after I’d blogged, but asked me to keep mum, as the hope had been that people would discover it for themselves (hence why I’m still not mentioning it here, although the cat is out of the bag elsewhere). There is yet more to come on this; again I’ve been asked to hold-off blogging on it to allow the fun to be had!

Yes, it’s April 1st, and time for the tradition of April Fools jokes. Last year, Firestorm hit the nail on the head with their Firestorm Mobile hoax, which was beautifully conceived and executed. In some ways, it was perhaps too successful, given the upset that came from some who didn’t pick-up on the hints throughout.

This year, they’re back with another video, introducing the Firestorm DUI.

It’s a cute video, but I can’t help thinking that it would have worked a lot more effectively as an April Fools joke had it been approached with the same gravitas as marked last year, and  leaving the reveal until the end rather than announcing the intention in the title and the opening few seconds of the video. Nevertheless, the video should raise a smile or two, and I also have to say…

Jessica, really! Such language! 😉  .

Catzip are also into the April Fools theme this year as well. More low-key than Firestorm, they’ve issued an April 1st Press Release concerning the revolutionary Catzcoin:

The long-awaited next version of the Catznip Viewer™ for Second Life™, Catznip R9 will ship with its own built-in peer-to-peer crypto-currency, CATZCOIN™.

CATZNIP R9 users will be able to mine CATZCOIN while logged in without impacting viewer performance. The longer they use Second Life with Catznip the more CATZCOIN they will generate. CATZCOINS will be tradeable for L$, US$, Dogecoin, BitCoin and directly for virtual goods in Second Life via the CATZAPI™.

Catzcoin: not available real soon!
Catzcoin: not available real soon!

A Revolutionary Digital Currency for your Digital Second Life.

Earning and spending CATZCOIN in Second Life will reinvigorate in world commerce, helping customers to be more active and involved. Hot spots allow store owners to boost traffic by offering CATZCOIN mining surges while preventing campers thanks to our patent pending CATZNAP™ anti AFK wizardry. CATZCOIN means real anonymous people earning and spending in world.

 CATZNAP™ anti AFK wizardry ensures the most active SL users mine the most!

  • FREE Achievements and CATZCOIN hats in Second Life for major milestones!
  • CATZEYES™ for easy CATZCOIN block inspection!
  • Firestorm integration with our CATZCLAWS™ P2P protocols.
  • CATZCOIN surges for members of the CATZPURR™ mentor and live help programs!
  • The really awesome CATZCOIN logo. So awesome you want it on a mug.
  • No chance of being bought out by Facebook. Ever.

The “mug” link (there’s a hint there as well, in the use of “mug”, methinks!) will take people to a Cafe Press page (which is genuine) where anyone who enjoyed the joke or who wants to support Catznip and purchase merchandise. Proceeds from any sales will go towards offsetting costs involved with paying for the project’s VPS server.

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3 thoughts on “It’s the first of the month…

  1. There were a few odd comments in the Firestorm Support groups, in-world. I’d agree that the video didn’t quite work as an April Fool, which is a pity because the basic DUI idea is tempting (displaying UI components on a second monitor). I’ve a vague recollection of multi-screen set-ups for the Microsoft Flight Simulator of old, so it didn’t seem silly-crazy.

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    1. Yeah, the ability to have fully repositionable floaters has been a much-repeated request for the viewer (I even asked myself about it at the 2011 SLCC during a Q&A with Esbee Linden and other members of the viewer product team). As such, the video could have been a nice pulling-of-legs. Sadly, I think Jessica and the team fealt a little wary of things after last year’s outing. But the smile value is there!

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  2. I have to say that I laughed a lot at the Firestorm video, specially the bits more towards the end, where the combat system was a total fail, and the house that crumbled to the ground “after only eight hours of building, thanks to the new DUI”. 🙂 It was great fun 🙂

    Nevertheless the idea is not only fantastic, but we have been expecting something like that for a decade… among the oldest JIRAs with feature requests, that has been exactly what we have been asking for years and years. The Imprudence/Kokua team even promised something along those lines, early on when they were far more enthusiastic about redesigning the UI completely, and detachable areas of the UI that could be put apart from the viewport were on their list of priorities, too. To my knowledge, the only viewer that actually achieves something similar to that (at least in concept) is Radegast, but it’s not quite the same thing…

    As for the Catznip joke… LOL! I find it much more interesting than Firestorm’s joke, to be honest! Their idea is pure genius! Over the years, we have always had “killer applications” for Second Life — from gambling to quizzing, then vampire bites, then breedables, and so fort. Mining for “Catzcoins” would most certainly be a fantastic way to draw more people to stay online! It would be like the modern equivalent of camping chairs. Seriously, I think that idea is utterly genial, and definitely worth implementing 🙂

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