Text 100, which sounds like a telecomms company but is actually a PR company, have been busy in SL (here's a SLURL). There's been some solid thought gone into this one - for the cheapskate, there are freebies in the form of puzzles that you can play onsite or copy for later use... Nice touch. Or why not play Babel? Build a tower of prims - highest at the end 5 mins wins (and, of course, some freebie objects to pimp your tower). Or SLictionary - an SL form of Pictionary (sounds hard to me).
For the more tradionally minded, there are games of dice, backgammon and chess. In fact, there's so much stuff here you'd best check it out for yourself (and No, I'm not an employee of theirs!). Walking around the site, it is clear that they have a shrewd notion of what works in SL. The meeting and information facilities feel like a natural extension of the fun & games area. The only thing missing appears to be a greeter.
The builder (at least on the components I checked) is Endira Udal, founder of Rezzust, and who works with Electric Sheep.
- Al, meanwhile, has been fulfiiling his public service remit by visiting Annenberg a site for University of South California Center (sic) on Public Diplomacy. In their own words: "The Public Diplomacy and Virtual Worlds project is a research project examining one aspect of new technology and public diplomacy: the role of video games, specifically Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs), in public diplomacy."
- He's also had a quick squint at Mediacom , on their logically named island "Mediacom Island" a company "responsible for planning and buying the advertising for some of the world’s biggest companies – among them Procter & Gamble, Shell, Glaxo Smithkline, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nokia, Masterfoods, VW and Universal." The island itself still looks to be under construction, or maybe they just like that "unfinished" look.
- And finally, for those who get their kicks out of IT service delivery and for whom ITIL is their God, there is Itelligence. Now this really is virgin terrain - Al was surprised to even get in. Absolutely nothing here yet - but watch this space in months to come. Itelligence are based in Mebourne and do... well... "ITIL stuff". Let Al and me know if you know different.
- UPDATE: New Media Consortium has added a new island - "Services" - and a strange kind of place it is too. You can meet Bender (from Futurama) and his svelte robo-girlfriend. More of this in another post - just thought you might like to know.