Thursday, January 20, 2011

MU Reconstruction

There are only two virtual structures on the Second Life Oregon State University region that replicate physical ones on the current campus: the clock tower and the Memorial Union (better known as the MU). The MU is the center hub of campus. Every student has been in there either buying textbooks, merchandise, food, coffee, attending an event, or napping on the lounge couches.

I originally built the SL version about 2 years ago. Since my building skills have greatly evolved since then, and the ballroom (not included in the original SL build) has been talked about as a potential in-world event location where real-life events can be streamed, it seemed as good a time as any for an overhaul.

I should have taken some "before" screenshots before demolishing the original, but I didn't think about it until it was too late. I did manage to dredge up a few oldies though, so it should give a pretty good idea of it.

BEFORE:

OSU Memorial Union

MU - Interior

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OSU Bookstore: Beaver Fanshop in the MU


So with the help of the delete button and some texture creation/overhauling in Photoshop, here's a peek at some of the improvements made.

AFTER:

OSU-Image

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MU-Lounge-01

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The couches are menu-driven with 9 different sit/sleep poses. It's more likely to find a snoozing student than a conscious one in the actual MU.

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New coffee shop addition.

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New ballroom addition.

I am still making changes and additions as I have time. Part of the building is still empty. Jon and I have been talking about getting some art from the art department students to showcase around it, so we'll see if we can make that come to fruition.

Visit us in-world at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oregon%20State%20University/118/90/30

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