Well, here he is. A news-reading hound! If you are lucky, he will wag his tail to you on the Virtual Estonia island and tell you what is going on in Estonia.
Our first idea was to have some Estonian bred animal walking around in the embassy and talking to the visitors. The walking part turned out to be rather tricky because of all the animations and potential annoyance to visitors. So we decided to create an animal that greets people in front of the building and spreads Estonian news.
One great thing about this project is that I have to visit so many user created universes that are like works of art. For example, once I met Waghorne Truss, a cool animal designer in the underground of a magnificent gothic city that he was creating with his friend Vryl Valkyrie at the time (the scene on the screenshot below). Nightwish was playing on the background and the mood was ominously vampirish.
So, Waghorne created us a virtual dog based on the real Estonian Hound. Well, yes, its moves are a little robotic at times, but he is cute. You will see.