Friday, 4 September 2009

Unwritten Blue Mars

A lot of people are talking about Blue Mars and as this virtual world has just gone to Open Beta it is hardly surprising. There is talk that it is a Second Life killer and that it is THE virtual platform where real world commerce can find viability. Well, as it stands, it is neither. As you wander around this visually stunning world you quickly realise how sterile it all is. Yes the visuals are gorgeous and even the avatars are not bad (albeit with spooky stares) but when it comes to being able to actually do something you quickly realise that all that glitters is not gold.

However Avatar Reality, the company behind this project are keen to stress that this is a world for the developer and that it is their world to create and that Avatar Reality are purely there to facilitate. The question is how quickly are the dev's going to be able to make this world something that has more attraction than simply it's graphics.

Content creation relies on higher skill sets than are required in Second Life, with proficiency in, high end 3d Modelling and animation software like Maya, 3DSMax also knowledge of LUA is needed for those wishing to script. But given the massive amount of 3d content already out there (just check out and I am sure that there are Dev's who will see Blue Mars as a major opportunity.

For Blue Mars to be successful it will quickly have to add substance to the backdrop. I would thoroughly encourage people to visit and download the client (when available, any day now)and have a wander, it is worth it for the scenery alone. Time will tell whether Blue Mars is able to fulfill it's true potential.

At the moment I see it as more of an acquired taste than something everyone wants to gorge on.

For More Info Visit:
Avatar Reality (Blue Mars Creators)
BlueMarsOnline (Blue Mars Official Site)
Metavercity (A Blue Mars Community Forum)


  1. those avatars all look like axe murderers

  2. Blue Mars is pants. No tp no sex no drugs no rock and roll. You cant even see names. Happy in SL

  3. Blue Mars is def thew Sl killer, its an awesome experience and those that really want a piece of the pie need to change NOW. SL is old, and has its limits that will never be broken, Blue Mars offers all those things we have dreamed of as SL users, sooo, make the change, and hurry up!!!

  4. Blue Mars Rocks, SL is out, Im moving ASAP.

  5. Perhaps Mr. Anonymous and Ms. Anonymosu can explain why SL is so bad and Blue Mars is so good. I found it clunky and boring, myself. No IMs, no groups, no music, no video, no teleports, and the camera doesn't even (arrgh!) follow the avatar as he or she turns. There's little (at this time) interactivity, no plans to make avatars fully customizable, and the software and skill level necessary to create content will be far beyond most of us. I didn't find the much-vaunted graphics all that great, either.

    In a few years, perhaps, Blue Mars will have enough content to make it worthwhile to visit. Perhaps OpenSim will, too. Until then, I'm gonna stick to Second Life.