Adz Childs Born On Central Grid

10:45 pm activities, artificial boy, child avatars, identity, presence

Today Adz Childs arrived in Central Grid.

Here he is within a few hours after falling from the sky and landing on Central Grid HQ, in the shape of Ruth. A bit of adjustment made him look like he’s supposed to. Adz Childs Born On Central Grid 3
Wait a minute… something’s not right…
Oh! He needs a smile gesture. Much better. Adz Childs Born On Central Grid 2
Here he is climbing the monument in the Central Grid HQ region. Adz Childs Born On Central Grid 1

I met some people there and chatted a bit about the project. Everyone I spoke to seemed totally lost. I didn’t feel comfortable acting as the representative for the project, considering I only heard about it recently and tried it for the first time today, but that’s what I ended up doing. More than one person asked me if I was an admin. One person I spoke to hadn’t realized that the server code was closed source, hence the need to clone it. These were not productive conversations from my perspective. “Can you import stuff from SL?” “How do I edit my appearance?” I was a regular help desk today.

Obligatory first impressions.
Administrative and Policy observations are specific to Central Grid. Technical observations are effectively the same evaluation I would give to OpenSim, which is what Central Grid implements.
Administrative: the website was good and i found my way around it easily. I got into the game in under an hour. The instructions were how to connect were concise.
Technical: Some things worked well, other things didn’t work at all. I was impressed with what worked. I could point-to-point teleport. Region crosses were smooth. Open chat was as expected. Rezzing a prim worked. I stayed connected for several hours with only one interruption of about 30 minutes. The sun, moon, and stars worked. Appearance settings take (helpful hint: create new shape, then modify that). Clothing can be created. On the other hand, physics was dicey. It was difficult to climb or jump onto things. Changes to profile don’t take. Friendships don’t take. Inventory transfers are ignored. Some textures never appear. You automatically un-wear everything when you log out. Search is totally offline. BornOn dates and object creation dates are zeroed, so my dream of getting credit for being an early adopter is quashed (I am roughly the 452nd avatar to be created, for what its worth).
A list of everything that works and doesn’t work is available here. It is too early to make an evaluation.
Policy and Fear Factor: No TOS i could find. No age restrictions. No AR or support system. Email link on home page doesn’t work. No real life contact info or any information about the company’s real-world sponsors could be found on the website.

I will close by saying this is not a political statement. Adz Childs is still alive and well on Agni.
-Big Adz.

2 Responses
  1. Aldon Huffhines :

    Date: January 27, 2008 @ 08:49

    I am glad to see that you’ve stepped into Central Grid. I’ve been watching it closely and still consider it to be in late alpha or early beta stage. Yet, like you, I created my avatar there early as well.

    I haven’t done a lot with it recently, but will continue to be involved there.

    I expect to write quite a bit more fairly soon.

  2. Adz :

    Date: April 5, 2008 @ 12:24

    I have renamed myself to “Adz Kid” so that my settings and logs will not collide.

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