--(Originally Posted) Aug. 6, 2009
Welcome the first Blue Mars Blog! We'll post blogs whenever the inspiration hits us. Watch for vlogs about Blue Mars and our team, information about special events, updates, and more. So stay tuned. We're just getting started.
The Net is abuzz with the possibilities offered by Blue Mars. But to be honest, we've been so focused on developing the technology, we neglected the blogosphere. But no more! I jumped at the opportunity to join Avatar Reality and reach out to the community, the world, and the solar system (...well, at least Mars).
I moved 3000 miles to Hawaii to work at Avatar Reality for several reasons. First and foremost is the Avatar Reality team. I did some consulting here before i joined full time, and got to know most of the team. They made me feel right at home, and at the same time impressed me with their skill, intelligence and dedication to bringing Blue Mars to life.
Then there is the technology. I sometimes play the Crysis video game with my sons, so I was already familiar with the CryEngine from Crytek, and am in love with the platform. Having been a Second Life member off and on since 2005, I am intimately familiar with the wonders as well as the pitfalls of virtual worlds. In my opinion, the CryEngine is by far the best platform for creating a virtual world, and including Flash, web content, and full-featured multiplayer games in-world.
Finally, I embrace the vision for Blue Mars that began with our founders Henk Rogers and Kazuyuki "Kaz" Hashimoto. They want to create a next-generation virtual world platform dedicated to bringing people together on a massive global scale. Henk challenges us to create the platform that the developers and members would build if they could design it themselves. That's a vision I can support. Now Jim Sink, our new CEO is helping to bring that vision to life.Let us know what you think on the Blue Mars Forum.
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