Another special spotlight, this time with Nexgen Aviation 3D Modeler Phad Karu! Phad agreed to answer some questions about Nexgen and what he does in SL:
QUESTIONS RELATED TO YOUR BUSINESS:
1. What inspired you to start your business in Second Life?
One Second Life resident, whom I knew, operated a texture shop a few years ago. She experienced a tremendous amount of success and I eventually became a contributor for her collection. A year later, she opted to leave the platform and closed the business. I elected to remain and try my hand at content creation – mostly as an experiment to test the waters via Xstreet.
2. Tell us about business, what were your aims and goals in Second Life when you started the brand?
I’m a contributing partner in NexGen, an aircraft manufacturer in Second Life.Above all, I strive for high quality in all aspects of my work. I always take my time to ensure my output meets the expectations of even the most discerning aviation enthusiast. The dawn of mesh technology offers, for the very time, a standard workflow with higher fidelity models than was previously possible in Second Life. We intend to capitalize on all that mesh offers for the aviation community.
3. How long have you owned your business in Second Life?
I have been working with the NexGen team for a relatively short period of time – roughly six months. My involvement with the company began with the F-15, our very first mesh product.
4. We are thrilled to have your business come to London this week! What about the expo inspired you to take part?
London, England is my real life birthplace. So I’m incredibly honoured that we could feature our products in a location that while only a virtual representation, still holds great sentimental value for me.
5. What are your future plans for your business in Second Life? Any new and exciting things on the horizon?
Absolutely. So far, NexGen has primarily released cold-war era aircraft since the debut of mesh. As such, we’re excited with the upcoming prospects of future product launches that will soon include classic aircraft made famous in the distant past – most notably those from World War 2. We’ll also have something special for pilots with a preference for rotrary aircraft as well. As for myself, in addition to creating superb planes for all sky-bound residents to enjoy at NexGen, I would like to eventually extend my endeavours into other markets such as props and military ground vehicles as a side business venture.
QUESTIONS RELATED TO YOU:
1. How long have you been in Second Life?
I created my account in mid-2008. However, initial forays into the Second Life economy proved abortive due to the highly saturated market. I left the SL platform to persue the possibilities offered by Blue Mars, another virtual world which utilized Crytek’s CryEngine 2. Ultimately, Blue Mars as a business venture was unsustainable due to a rash of administrative blunders and poor leadership. I returned to Second Life in the latter of 2011, just in time to experiment with mesh on the beta prior to its full deployment on the main grid.
2. What made you first join Second Life?
I was indirectly introduced to Second Life after overhearing a conversation about it on a guild owned ventrilo server (of which I was a member). Eventually, I came to recognize the vast potential offered by a virtual world premised on user generated content. No longer satisfied with simply being just a participant in someone else’s vision, I was allured by the possibility of being able to create my own.
3. What are some of the strangest things you have experienced or seen in Second Life? Lately, it would have to be a musical sim of Japanese origin. Although the sim mostly consisted of cubes, each cube contained a musical note that was played as you clicked on each one. A very long flight of stairs (each step echoing out a note) lead up towards yet more cubes. There were hundreds; each with their own unique sound.
4. Other than owning a business in Second Life and making awesome products, what are some other things you like to do while you are in Second Life? Exploring the world. That’s it, really.The creativity on the grid never ceases to amaze me.
5. If you could invite anyone from RL into SL, who would it be?
Jimmy McMillan – he would form “The Tier is too Damn High” party in Second Life.
The Nexgen Aviation Airplane Show continues until Friday, March 16, 2012! Check the London Gossip and London Community Groups in world for specific times on events! You can purchase Nexgen Aviation Products at the following locations: