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Monday, October 10, 2005

THEIR MOVIES-- THEIR WORLD

The winners of the Second Life Trailer Contest were announced yesterday at the Second Life Community Convention (more on that later), delivered live from New York City by Philip Linden and simulcast in-world by FlipperPA Peregrine typing away furiously nearby. Winners were selected in SL at a screening site on Supernova island, where a vote machine created by multi-talented floating gremlin Max Case gave every Resident two votes each to cast on five contestants. Just over 600 Residents exercised their voting rights-- 1 percent of the total population. A small sample, on first glance, but considering weeks of frantic Forum messages, log-in screen Messages of the Day, and in-world global announcements, that's probably a tally of just about everyone who cared enough to vote. (Like any democratic process, letting the people decide depends on getting the people to the vote machine in the first place.) There were early accusations of "ballot stuffing" and "popularity contest", and since I helped Linden Lab promote the Trailers, my response to those was the hope that a democratic vote with a large enough population sample would ultimately reflect an informed decision. But take a look at the winners, and decide for yourself:

SECOND RUNNER UP:

"Diversity" by SecondTake Productions

FIRST RUNNER UP:

SL Trailer by Elle Pollack

GRAND PRIZE WINNER:

SL Trailer by Javier Puff and Team

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