Second Life's big on encouraging players to get creative with the making of stuff. I mean, you totally remember the first time you first entered the grid and randomly got handed a new (and possibly not safe-for-work) body part by some stranger, right? Well, developer Linden Lab has now gone and acquired indie digital distribution site Desura. It may seem like an odd pairing, but when you consider how mod-friendly Desura is, it kind of makes sense that Linden Lab would get behind that buzzing beehive of player-created content.
Patterns is a Minecraft-esque "break things and then build with them" type game that adds more varied geometry and a physics engine to the mix. Under development by Linden Lab, most famous for the sort of MMO, sort of 3D art tool Second Life, an early build of the game is now available for $10 from their official site. The developers say that, like Minecraft, this represents and early buy-in price that will also guarantee you access to future updates as the game takes shape.