I never have to prove my theory of the FIC (the privileged set in Second Life that get special favours from the platform providers, Linden Lab) any more, because thousands of people can now get it right in their mail box.
You likely got an advertisement for Ozimals today as I did, offering a discount to get a Bunny Luv Pack for $495.
Um, I'll pass. I will stick to my beloved sionChickens. I continue to breed them and sell their eggs, despite the SLecession. And I just like them. I don't like the bunnies. They're sort of...fey. Slight. They don't seem as substantial as the chickens. If I were going to go into any other pet, I'd got into turtles or even horses. I dabbled with the Clamables for awhile but they were awful. I never got a rare easily of any kind despite a substantial outlay and trying a few weeks (you need that to get hooked) and suffice it to say, clams don't...do anything. They just sit there. Occasionally they spawn another one out of pearl. They drive you crazy with feeding messages until you figure to turn them off. The colours are ugly, flat. (The main reason I like the sion chickens is because they breed into fascinating and very diverse colours with really fun names, and you have a certain element of surprise and random serendipity with them.)
I've always wondered exactly what the relationship is with the Ozimal people and Linden Lab.
It was my theory that Ozimal was a Linden alt, or Linden friend, that was deliberately encouraged to provide an alternative to sionchicken, because the Lindens simply loathed sion. They loathed them not only because they were laggy at first. The lag was fixed, and they couldn't really complain. They loathed them because Sion Zaius was earning huge -- vast -- amounts of money, yet had no relationship to LL. All they could get out of it was a LindEx fee on his cashouts. The chickens were also not very photogenic.
I just had a hunch on this, based on the fact that I saw Lindens right in the beta testing group. I thought that *odd* for a resident company to put Lindens in their beta-testing group but...whatever. That's "how it's done."
I'm looking now at the people who got chosen to be featured for Halloween and wondering how *that* was done. Probably by...spooks.
I do believe in spooks, I do believe, I do believe I do believe...
Mind you, I don't at all care if Linden spams me in my email box. I *like* getting stuff from LL. It's nearly always interesting. I like hearing about special events, etc. I don't at all mind that some people are picked for showcasing, but I'd like this to either be a) something for sale that anyone could buy if they had enough money (fair enough) or b) rotated very often, so that you don't feel there are favourites. With Ozimal, you feel there's some exceptionalism...
BTW, on the Destination thing, I saw that they featured pets one day, and what amazed me is that they fronted makers of still sculpty animals, as if they were in the same category as the interactive, A.I. breedable pets. Lame...