Last Friday, I got a tweet from Hamlet inviting everyone for a meet and greet at Blue Mars. He recently joined the Avatar Reality group in a consulting capacity. And, the meeting was a good time to get re-acquainted with the latest developments in the Blue Mars platform. Being free on a Friday night, I upgraded my Blue Mars client to join the get together. Although, I have to say that I was 30 minutes late arriving at the Welcome Area. This is because I did not anticipate the client download to take more than 40 minutes. Considering my bandwidth was 2.8 mbps, this is quite a long time. So, that is my first comment about Blue Mars. I think they need to find a much faster distribution mechanism for the client software. I believe not everyone will be as patient as I am and wait that amount of time just to get in.
After I got my client installed, no issues with logging in. I saw that there were already a lot of people there at the venue. I said my polite hello to Iris Ophelia then searched for Hamlet Au. I wanted him to know I kept my Skype promise of being there. It was a bit hard to locate him at first. Many avatars there look alike. Most have not customized their default avatars and clothing (me included). So, if not for the floating name tag, it would be hard to distinguish who is who.
Hamlet ignored me for a good 15 minutes. But, i take no offence at all as he is having ISP problems on his side. He can barely move. I passed the time meeting other avatars there. Several were nice enough to voluntarily friend me. And, a couple of them showed me how to make my avatar dance. I wish there were more options on the moves. But, it’s not a bad start. Not sure who are Avatar Reality folks and who are guests like me. There doesn’t seem to be a grouping categorization in Blue Mars. But, I found out soon enough because they had a group photo call for Avatar Reality folks. There were about 15 to 20 of them that clustered in the other side of the floor.
Anyway, Hamlet’s avatar finally got some mobility and got to re-connect with him. He looks dapper in his steampunk getup. The availability of fashion choices and accessories is something I am curious about in this platform. It seems that they are available now as Iris is wearing a similarly themed gown. I guess it is just a matter of finding the outlets for it.