A Second Life Outside of Second Life

Scanning over last week’s news on GameDev.net I noticed an interesting entry: the Wall Street Journal reports (bottom of page) on the development behind Tringo, a game developed for play inside a virtual world but which has been licensed for both internet and mobile phone play.nullI like this one because it’s related to this: I’ve been wondering and asking around why designers aren’t using the interface design tools now included with videogame SDK’s (Software Development Kits) to prototype real world interfaces inside a 3D game (e.g. Doom3 – see image above) – complete with in-game simulation of real world events like moving robotic arms or opening airlocks. It seems so obvious to be using these free tools. But no one’s responding to my inquiries. If this is the bleeding edge, it sure is lonely.