Second Life

World of Warcraft and Second Life under surveillance, claims leaked NSA documents

Phil Savage at

Once, in my more politically active university days, I wrote "flip the flipping Prime Minister" on my MySpace page. As a result, I'm resigned to the fact that I will be ceaselessly monitored by the full force of my government's intelligence services. The less dangerously subversive among you might be somewhat more surprised to learn how far those surveillance tendrils are spreading. According to reports co-published between The Guardian, The New York Times and ProPublica, intelligence gathering has spread to online worlds, with spies having 'infiltrated' World of Warcraft and Second Life.

Second Life developer acquires indie distribution site Desura

Katie Williams at

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: building and exploration in a world of triangles, physics, and more triangles

Tom Senior at

Patterns lets you play a man made of triangles as he combines triangles into non-triangle shapes to build mega structures like some sort of mad triangle god. It's being developed by Second Life creators, Linden Labs in partnership with Free Range Games. It'll let you "explore caverns and valleys, while you harvest substances with real world densities." You can use those harvested substances to construct the greatest triangle in the universe bridges and the like.

There is a beta, which you can sign up for on this Linden Labs page. Linden Labs CEO Rod Humble provides a visual introduction to the world of patterns in this debut trailer.