John Chambers Q&A in Second Life and yet another video game from Cisco

Cisco announced that its Cisco Live hub in Second Life is now open and ready for avatar business -- or rather avatar play.

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As part of this Second Life launch, Cisco is challenging all comers to try their hands at a new Cisco game. The Virtual Worlds blog says ( -- and this is not satire ... this is not something your friendly Cisco Subnet editor simply made up on a lonely Wednesay afternoon):

"Join a couple of friends in world now and take the ‘packet sort’ challenge. All gamers can get a prize after playing at the Cisco Live in world store. The top scores as of June 28th will get special recognition on the wall of fame. Think you can be the top score? I challenge you to test your skills working as a team to sort threat from non-threat packets as they speed towards you at a rapid rate."

Scared yet? Threat packets are can be pretty frightening, we're told, although non-threat packets, even flying at a high speed, are pretty much benign. The blog has a video of the Second Life Data Sort Game, too, for you out-of-worlders.

On a more serious note, other events are planned for the Second Life spot including a live Q&A with Cisco CEO John Chambers, (11amET/2pm PT on June 24). Live TechChat events will take place each day of the company's Cisco Live conference, too. So if you get bored with the real life conference, you can always sit in your hotel room and have your avatar sort packets in Second Life.

Not sure what the count is on Cisco-created video games yet, but know of at least three all of them with the same theme, (surprise, surprise) the superhero saves the world by stopping bad packets: 1) Peter Packet, 2) EDGE QUEST and now 3) the Second Life "Data Sort Game." Fun stuff, or maybe just funny stuff.

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