Philip addressed a number of important issues in Second Life, including the state of the economy and upgrades to the SL software. Philip noted that while the Linden Dollar (the main currency of SL) has been devalued lately in relation to the US dollar, the economy was still going quite strong. He discussed some of what Linden Labs was working on for the new version of Second Life, including how to improve frame rates, decrease crashes, and enhance the user experience. He highlighted the strong interest in voice chat, particularly for educational purposes.
What was remarkable to me was that the CEO of a multi-million dollar tech company would even bother to meet with the "players" of the platform they developed. Does Bill Gates plan on meeting with players of X-Box Live? Is Mike Morhaime, president of Blizzard Entertainment, going to hang out with the elves and orcs in World of Warcraft to get their views? Unlikely. And yet here is Philip in his jeans and black tee-shirt chatting with the furries, robots and dominatrixes that populate the world he created. Neat.
Yet another reason why Second Life has such a loyal and growing following of 210,000 residents.
You download the MP3 audio file of the Town Hall meeting on the SL website.