Virtual Festival Event Venue
Party 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!
Created by SNWCRSH
- Create Your Second Life Account here.
- Download the launcher (called Fire Storm) here.
(This launcher is better than the original Second Life launcher)
- Open the Fire Storm launcher, sign in with the account you just created
(complete the tutorial if necessary)
- Once signed in, at the bottom of the screen, click the Search Magnifying Glass, and type in: Betamax
- Click “teleport” to warp into our Late Night Lights venue!
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!
18+ only may be an obstacle for some, so please keep this in mind. As lifted from Second Life’s 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.”
That being said, let’s dive in!
- Create Your Account
The game is a persistent online world, and as such you must make an account to join up. Head over here and select “Join Free,” then use your preferred email. (Don’t forget to click on the verification email in your inbox after registering!)
Note: A big part of player identity in the world of Second Life is baked into your name, so if you think you might want to stick around with the game after Late Night Lights, put a little extra thought into it!
Note: Choose the version of experience you want (“Free” or Premium” with premium being a monthly $8.25 charge). “Free” is good enough to watch the festival without issue. In fact, the owner of the Betamax club, SNWCRSH, has been a user since 2005, and has never had a Premium Account, so skipping that is perfectly doable.
- Download the Launcher
This is where things may deviate a bit. 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. While both launchers are similarly complex, the Firestorm Viewer is known for being a more reliable, more stable launcher, thus ensuring the best viewing experience!
Once you navigate to the Firestorm Viewer 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 naviagation 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.
One final thing to change before you’re ready to play!
We must go back into the menus again to make sure you can access the “adult” gated content, otherwise getting into Betamax will not be possible.
-From the top of the navigation menu, select “Avatar” -> “Preferences” -> “General”
Once here, there will be a drop down selection menu for “I want to access content rated”.
This defaults to “General and Moderate,” but make sure you change this to “General, Moderate, Adult.”
- 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”
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.
In this particular instance, you can find the SLURL for Betamax below:
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.
-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: