(Gad, “SListory”, what a horrid word! But I couldn’t resist…)
It’s on waspback now; I remember it as being just a little abstract car back in 2006 or 2007 sometime. But anyway the tour is neat, and it talks about the history of the place some, and flies around and over all the lovely familiar stuff.
I remember aeons ago exploring the place and playing the Elven Drums (which are also still there:
just like before) and thinking that I really ought to sit and watch the artificial ecosystem for hours sometime, and build one of my own somewhere. And I still think I really ought to do that. :)
It’s extremely cool to have this piece of SL history back; among other things it’s a reminder that you can make gorgeous and evocative places without flexies or scuplties or even glow! ’cause none of those things was around back when Svarga was built.
According to the NWN article, it was brought back by the Lindens themselves “to provide a way for this high-quality experience to live on in the ever-changing world of Second Life”. And while I might have expected myself to be bothered by that, in my usual Lindens offa my lawn! way that is bothered by Lindenx picking winners and advantaging some Resis over others and all, I find that I’m not.
I will have to think about why, and figure out if it’s just because I really like Svarga, or if there’s something more rational about the role of the Lindens in doing this sort of thing. (The whole question of the proper role of the Lindens in the world is pretty interesting and fraught. I have some reasonably firm notions about the proper role of governments, but it’s not at all clear to me that the Lindens are rightly regarded as the government of SL in that sense.)
Much thinking to be done! But in the meantime, go take a ride on the wasp. :)