Metaverse in Transition

I have not written anything in a couple of weeks because I have been busy working on the sequel. Meanwhile...  There are many little things going on in metaverse land worth bringing up. First, is the fast decline of Worlds of Warcraft. They are losing net subscribers at a rate of about 100,000 a month.  …

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Memo to 3DVW Devs: “It’s the AVATARS Stupid!”

I'm following up my 3 part problems with 3D Virtual Worlds (3DVWs) with a series of at least three observations on what REALLY makes a good 3DVW. There is a surprising amount of myths in this regard. It seems most builders of 3DVWs do not understand their own potential audience. Lets start with something that most …

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Fun With Virtual World Cartography

OK, where to start. Let me start with where the screenshot was taken. It was taken at Rumsey Maps, which includes a huge 3D map of Yosemite Valley, as well as a bunch of other cool examples of cartography. Maybe I should now start at the beginning. I was researching for an upcoming blog article …

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Virtual World Philosophy: The Uncanny Valley

So lately I have been having fun with Windlight, and focusing on how real Second Life is looking lately, but have not bothered to ask, "Is this a good thing?" Above is a montage of screenshots from some of the most popular online communities on the web. World of Warcraft = 10 million subscribers, IMVU …

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There vs Second Life: Exploring

As a follow up to my last post on There vs. Second Life, I want to briefly explain my own history and interests in these two games. Everybody's tale is different, here is mine. As you may be able to tell on my There Magic page, one of my primary activities in There was exploring. …

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There vs. Second Life Revisited

Those of us into social virtual worlds have been debating this for 5 years: Which is better, There or Second Life? For the longest time, the answer was, "It depends what you want to do." Building was always better in Second Life, communication and "toys" (pets, cars, guns, hoverboards, etc) were better in There. In …

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Winter Solstice in the Metaverse

Twas the Day of Solstice and all through the net Snow Colored Pixels on MMOGs they did set Old Ascalon Covered in Wintry Delight Inspired many to engage in a snowball fight Then skating in SL at the Winterfest Inn An axel, a flip, and even a spin Then on to the ski lift, a …

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