A Virtual Event Venue Space
Party with us at BETAMAX Open Stage, in Second Life!
Join us in Second Life for a virtual and interactive late night lo-fi experience.
Control an avatar in 3D and dance / chat with us in a Late Night Lights venue!
Click here to TELEPORT!
Created by SNWCRSH
Preview from Late Night Lights 2020
GUIDE 1 – Quick Guide:
- Create Your Second Life Account here.
- Then, download the Second Life launcher (called Fire Storm) here.
(This launcher is better than the original Second Life launcher)
- Open the Fire Storm launcher, and sign in with the account you just created in Step 1.
- Once signed in, at the bottom of the screen, click the Search Magnifying Glass, and type in the word: Betamax
- Click “teleport” to warp into our Late Night Lights venue!
- You can also click here to teleport!
GUIDE 2 – In-Depth Guide
Second Life has been around since 2003, and gone through a number of changes all the while enduring through the years. While for most avid gamers, finding your way to the Betamax club in Second Life should be a walk in the park, we recognize that not everyone has the time or the interest to play games. But in the absence of being able to go to real concerts amidst the pandemic, Second Life offers one of the best alternatives. As such, we’ve whipped up this quick tutorial to walk you through the process!
That being said, let’s dive in!
- Create Your Account
Head over to secondlife.com and select “Join Free,” then use your preferred email. (Don’t forget to click on the verification email in your inbox after registering!)
If you have questions for the club owner, you can always find them as SNWCRSH#2165 hanging out in the Utopia District
- Download the Launcher
This is where things may deviate a bit from the Quick Guide. It is recommended that you do not download the official launcher for the game through the second life website.
It is recommended that you instead downlow the “Firestorm Viewer” which you can download here.
Firestorm Viewer is known for being a more reliable, more stable launcher, thus ensuring the best viewing experience!
Once you navigate to the Firestorm site, choose “Firestorm viewer for Second Life” and then select the appropriate operating system.
Once the launcher is installed, it’s time to sign in!
- Signing In
Once the application launcher is installed boot things up. After the game updates (should it need to do so), you can log in to your account with the credentials you made earlier.
To avoid having issues with reliably moving, click avatar on the top menu, then go into preferences.
After this you will find yourself in a tutorial area, but first we have a couple of setting changes to recommend!
- Changing Movement Settings and Age Restriction
Okay so now you’re in the game, but you might notice that despite the game telling you to use either the arrow keys or “WASD” to move, using those keeps opening up a chat box down bottom. To fix these, we have to navigate to the menu!
- From the top navigation menu, select “Avatar” -> “Preferences” ->”Move & View” -> “Movement”
- Once you’re here there a number of checkboxes. Make sure the checkbox for “Pressing Letter keys affects movement (IE WASD) instead of starting nearby chat” is filled in.
- Playing the Tutorial
Now we’re ready to play! The game starts you inside of a very basic tutorial, teaching you how to walk, jump and fly. It takes no time, so it’s easiest to just finish up.
After this there is a second tutorial area, but you can immediately leave this area through a portal right in front of you if you just want to get to the club.
- Finding Betamax, Teleporting, & Landmarks
The quickest and easiest way to find the club is to search for us in the game.
- While in the Firestorm Launcher, there will be a number of icons down bottom.
- One of these is a magnifying glass. This is the “search” function
- Once you click this a menu will open that includes several tabs as well as a search box.
- Click on the “Places” tab and search for “Betamax”
- Hit “Teleport”
Now you’re at the club! Come on in and enjoy the party!
There are other ways to navigate to locations. If someone you know already plays the game, they will invite you to “Teleport” and all you need to do in that case is click “Allow” and you’re ready to go! Enjoy the show!
However, if you would like to go it alone, the process is a bit more involved. You will first need to get an SLURL to travel somewhere.
Find the SLURL for Betamax below, and TELEPORT!:
If you have the game installed and running already you can simply click the above link and permit the browser to access the link. This should load up the location promptly and teleport you! It may also lead to a page saying “visit this location” or “join now its free,” all of which are okay as well.
NOTE: If you would like to return to this location at a later date (for example, if there is another festival held at Betamax) we have to revisit the menus.
– Navigate to “World” -> “Landmark this place” and the location you are in will now be saved to your inventory for further use!
One last thing!
For first time visitors to Betamax, you will be greeted with a prompt saying:
“This location provides streaming media, which may require more of your network bandwidth. Play streaming media when available?”
Be sure to allow this, as that is how the venue is able to share its music!
And that’s it, welcome to Betamax! You are free to move around and walk through the club. Enjoy the show!
Would You Like To Know More?
If everything you’ve seen out of Second Life has really sold you on the idea, this video is highly recommended as a starting point. It provides a much better and more detailed look into the world’s economy, as well as how customization works, and everything in between!
Keep in mind that almost everything in the game requires money, and to make purchases you of course need a payment option, though there are a relatively limited number of free customization options if you want to dive in right away!
Long, but thorough guide:
Please Keep in Mind Second Life’s Age Restriction Policies:
“When you register for Second Life, you provide your birth date, because you are required to be at least 16 years old. If you are 13-15 years old, you may be allowed if you are restricted to the estate of a sponsoring organization. For more information, see Teens in Second Life. To access adult content, you must be at least 18 years old.”
The content rating of Betamax in accordance with Second Life’s policies is “Moderate,” which is described as follows:
“Second Life’s Moderate designation accommodates most of the non-adult activities common in Second Life. Dance clubs, bars, stores and malls, galleries, music venues, beaches, parks, and other spaces for socializing, creating, and learning all support a Moderate designation so long as they do not host publicly promoted adult activities or content and do not use adult search tags…Residents in these spaces should therefore expect to see a variety of themes and content…”