by Sophia Paolino
I would claim this an editorial, but in light of the definition of the word "editorial", this blog entry is more an accounting of fact than opinion. The limited opinions posted here are only of the sentiment "isn't that nice". Other than that it is a factual accounting.
I have been in virtual worlds for a decade now have seen many come and many go. Have watched OpenSim type grids come on to the scene and be a viable alternative to Second Life. Being employed by Island Oasis leaves me in position of being quite familiar with the features of this grid. After pondering the differences in our grid and others I couldn't help but be overwhelmed at the vast number of features that we have for our residents here.
While reading the rest of this I challenge you to name one other grid who has all these features. Yes, you will find grids who have one or more the features but so far I can't name one that has them all... except Island Oasis.
*Cash Back Stimulus Payments
When you spend more that 200 P$ (our in world currency) during a calendar month, Island Oasis pays you 2% back as a thank you for spending your time here in Island Oasis and patronizing other Island Oasis merchants.
* llGiveInventory() works across regions.
This is an important scripted feature that works grid wide and not just the sim you are in, this is very important for those who create, sell and use vendors with auto update features, rental.lease systems and more.
*No fees for partnering, groups, classifieds, uploads or imports or taking inworld pictures!
Tired of being nickel and dimed to death over all the associated costs of being in a virtual world? Tired of the cost of saving pictures to your inventory or being charged a fee just to partner with someone? We don't charge for any of it! For migrating merchants we have lowered your migrating cost by not charging for many things you would need to bring your items here and have content ready to sell and market yourself through groups and classifieds.
Safety & Security! You can generate a request for a backup of our inventory. Our system will create an encrypted, compressed file containing all of your inventory data. This encrypted snapshot of your inventory will then be made available for you to download. In the event that you encounter inventory issues or accidentally delete items from your inventory, you can email this file to our support desk 'email@example.com' and request to have your entire inventory or a specific inventory item restored from the backup.
NOTE: Support will not restore no-copy items unless there is proof that the item(s) were lost due to an internal system failure or error. No-copy items must be recovered by contacting the original creator or vendor. Island Oasis always honors and protects the original creators permissions on items.
*Offline messaging system
You can actually reply to the offlines that go to your email and it goes back to the sender here inworld. Normally, in other grids, you can not reply to an offline that is sent to your email. You would have to log back into the grid to send the person a response.
* Region Owner Appreciation Gift (ROAG- Choice of bonus prim or landscape sim)
After you have owned your region(s) for 6 months you can claim your choice of free gift. Either additional prim being added to your region or you can choose a landscape sim.
*Land Owner Stipends
Land owners receive a monthly stipend based on the type of region they own. If you own multiple regions, you will receive multiple stipends.
*Land Owner Power Tools:
**Restarting your own Sim on demand
**Saving multiple backs ups of your Sim
**Restoring your own backups
**Scheduling recurring restarts
When you own land in Island Oasis we put the tools in YOUR hands to maintain your region(s). When you login to your account through the IO website, under your Account Manager tools.
Now picture yourself a club owner who has an event at 7pm nightly, wouldn't it be nice to put your sim on a recurring restart schedule for a time that you pick? Just set it to restart at 6pm before the event starts and know you sim is ready for the activity!
Maybe you just want to set a schedule for your land and never have to worry about another restart as long as you own your land. In IO you can do just that.
*Marketplaces actively linked to our virtual world.
No having to sign up at third party sites and click a kiosk to connect or register your avatar. You can even purchase as gift from marketplace for other avatars.
*No traffic stats to game
Although we have the ability to enable the traffic statistic, we've chosen not to enable it as we feel it can be too easily manipulated or gamed. This is to create a level playing field for all business owners and landowners alike.
And like most grids out there:
*Live Performers & other Entertainment
*FREE land for residents