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A Slower Speed of Light

This is a game from MIT in which you pick up a set of balls laying scattered about a small village. The more balls you collect, the slower the speed of light becomes and you begin to see relativistic effects.  

“The colors start to change, distances start to appear counterintuitive,
and, well, you’re challenged to develop an intuition for moving at relativistic speeds, because the speed of light has slowed.”

Its a simple game and not a world, but I found that moving about the village gave me the same feeling I had during my first days in SL, when even the most commonplace things were strange and mysterious and facinating. The experience may well be different for others but it takes me back to my early explorations, and its a joy to feel that again.


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  1. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska November 24, 2012

    My, Mss Ying, that is quite the download, and zipped no less! I look forward to playing with it, as well as watching one of the lectures associated with the video teaser of the game.

    But you have put me in mind of that ethereal experience of being fresh to the grid. I realized that I had become somewhat stodgy, never wandering away from the Steamlands. I now avail myself of the Destination Guide from time to time, seeking out the Artistic and Scientific places to be had in this bright world and wide, and can catch a bit of that old flame!

    Of course, your efforts in such things as the Tourist Trap and the Halloween Cave are magnificent contributions to that pursuit as well. You are quite accomplished, young lady!

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Kimika Ying Kimika Ying November 24, 2012

    Thank you sir. :)   I believe you said that you had technical difficuly. Perhaps it is as simple as the game’s graphics setting? For me it isn’t viewable at the highest level and I had to set it to the next lower one.


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