My earlier trouble entering the Hipihi world despite having adequate hardware and having the Proper Chinese language functions installed turned out to be the need to set the Hipihi shortcut’s properties to turn off advanced text features for Hipihi. I don’t know why that worked but it did. That idea was given to me by a member of a Hipihi group in Second Life.
With that taken care of, I entered Hipihi. I liked what I could see of it, but it was pretty hard trying to use the program with the entire interface being in a language I have absolutely no knowledge of.
Despite my language limitation, Hipihi was pleasant enough to look at and play with.
The F key toggles flying and not-flying. The WASD keys are forward, left,back and right. Clicking and holding both mouse keys lets you go forward and steer with the mouse. Click both mouse keys, and you can turn with the W and D keys. It may be possible to change the key assignment, but I can’t tell because I can’t read the manual.
There’s a lot of fires coming up from the ground in Hipihi. I don’t really know why. I think that, in general, if I were trying to select a place to live or found a colony, I would generally try to pick the places that don’t have big gouts of flame shooting up from the ground, especially if particular spots – such as the one I’m standing on – are prone to make a transition from the non-spouting-flame state to the are-spouting-flame state.
So I clicked on the toolbar at the bottom and produced some dialog boxes as a result, but I couldn’t really tell what to do with no English manual.
Yesterday I met a fellow in Hipihi with a name in Chinese that I don’t recall, who spoke a bit of English, enough to connect me someone fluent in English. That turned out to be Zafka, who has a blog at http://slwatch.blogbus.com, which I’d seen some posts at. Zafka taught me some of the interface, like how to use the chat bar, which has a send button and a channel select button. I didn’t make it as far as figuring out how to change my appearance. I can get to the dialogs, but I’d rather wait till I get an English set of instructions before clicking too much on stuff I can’t make heads nor tails of.
Time to move on.
I strongly recommend anyone interested in virtual worlds give the Hipihi beta a try.
The Hipihi website is at http://www.hipihi.com.
English page at http://www.hipihi.com/index_English.html .
Beta registration page in English at: http://www.hipihi.com/index_English.html
Chinese download page at: http://www.hipihi.com/download_client.html
In the anyone wants to help document the interface in English, feel free to do so at the Hipihi wiki at http://hipihi.wiki.zoho.com .