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IBM CodeStation – Sentinel 2.0

August 7, 2007

by Onder Skall

I’ve received an urgent transmission and need your help! Beware the pink pony-tailed menace!

BEGIN TRANSMISSION 1 (07.31.07). S.O.S. – S.O.S. – IBM CODESTATION is breached. Infiltrator appears to be horrible pink beast with devastating pony-tails. Our defender, SENTINEL, is defeated – broken in four and scattered across Second Life. [See attached movie.] You are our last hope. Find the four parts and rebuild SENTINEL. The black boxes will lead the way. Prizes and glory await all those who complete the challenge… END TRANSMISSION 1 (07.31.07).

IBM CODESTATION (SLurl)

Details after the jump!

The basic idea is that, scattered around Second Life, there are four peices of the Sentinel. Eventually, when you get all four, you can wear them and you’ll BE the Sentinel and get to participate in a kick-ass drag-out fight with the Infiltrator. Each bit gets released on a schedule:

  • Black Box 1 (Arms) – Tuesday, July 31
  • Black Box 2 (Body) – Tuesday, August 13
  • Black Box 3 (Legs) – Tuesday, August 27
  • Black Box 4 (Head) – Wednesday, September 12

Not a bad way to keep people coming back to the sim, don’t you think? Here’s a link to the official IBM page on it: http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/codestation

Getting started is really easy. When you first get to the build you’re treated to the above video and a kind of scoreboard that tells you who the latest participants are. You also get to pick up a copy of the first “black box” that should lead you to picking up the Sentinel’s arms. When rezzed, this is what you get:

IBM CodeStation - black box number one

Click on it, and you get a landmark. Next thing you know, you’re in MTV’s Laguna Beach build!

IBM CodeStation - Laguna Beach

Up until now I had thought that MTV’s Laguna Beach was all about a build using Makena’s technology, but I guess they have a sim in Second Life too. It’s gorgeous, as all Electric Sheep things tend to be. (No they didn’t pay me to say that and I’m in no way affiliated.) I didn’t really look around all that much because I didn’t have to: directly in front of the TP was a little sign. One arrow pointed to where the arms were, and the other direction pointed at this SCUBA gear you can pick up for free.

Now, I admit, I figured I could get away without the extra gear. I had a meeting coming up and didn’t want to mess up my hair. So I just headed over to the buoy in the water and right away I could see the arms floating underneath it. Hunh, neat shark decoration…

IBM CodeStation - shark

AAaaah! Not decoration! Not decoration!

Alright… I’ll come back and figure out what the trick is after I get my arm re-attached.

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