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SecondLife
AltSpaceVR
VRChat
High Fidelity

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General

Dictionary

virtual world : computer-based simulated environment intended for its users to inhabit and interact via avatars (primarily software) — Webster See also Oxford, OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, InfoPlease, Word Reference

Encyclopedia

Virtual world is an online community that takes the form of a computer-based simulated environment through which users can interact with one another and use and create objects. The term has become largely synonymous with interactive 3D virtual environments, where the users take the form of avatars visible to others. In general, virtual worlds allow for multiple users. The computer accesses a computer-simulated world and presents perceptual stimuli to the user, who in turn can manipulate elements of the modeled world and thus experience a degree of telepresence. Such modeled worlds and their rules may draw from the reality or fantasy worlds. Example rules are gravity, topography, locomotion, real-time actions, and communication. Communication between users can range from text, graphical icons, visual gesture, sound, and rarely, forms using touch, voice command, and balance senses. — Wikipedia

Britannica, Columbia (Infoplease)

Preservation

History


History of Virtual Worlds (MediaShift, PBS)
Virtual Worlds Timeline (Avatar Planet)
Virtual Worlds History (Wikipedia)

Library

WorldCat (OAIster) Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

Participation

Education

Course

CMSC 498W: Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality (Spring 2016, University of Maryland)
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Event

Meetup.com

Forum

Reddit

Blog

WordPress

News

Hypergrid Business
NPR Archives
Google News

Google Scholar

Article

Google Scholar

Book

ISBNdb, Google Books

Government

Document

USA.gov

Expression


Toy


The Unlikely Story of Microsoft’s Surprise Minecraft Buyout (Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson, Wired)
Minecraft (Official Site), Minecraft (Wikipedia)

Lego






LEGO’s ‘Minecraft’ competitor is real and ready to download (Jon Fingas, Engadget)
LEGO Worlds Steam Early Access (Steam.com)
LEGO Worlds (Lego.com)

Game


World of WarCraft (Official Site), World of Warcraft (Wikipedia)

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Hypergrid Business Real work in virtual reality

  • Cool AR apps to try with Apple’s new phones
    by David Kariuki on November 18, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Apple has lagged behind in the virtual and augmented reality race so far. Their phones can be used for some low-end VR, via the Cardboard platform from Google, but they haven’t had anything of... […]

  • VR app helps treat phantom limb pain
    by Nuela Ada on November 18, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Phantom limb pain can be debilitating but is often treatable with mirror therapy, which tricks the brain into thinking the amputated limb is still there. Now the same treatment is available as a virtual... […]

  • New VR game helps advance dementia research
    by Nuela Ada on November 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Millions of people have already played Sea Hero Quest on the mobile phones — and helped scientists learn how people find their way around in order to better treat dementia patients. Now the game... […]

  • Oncomfort is changing cancer care with VR
    by Nuela Ada on November 18, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Oncomfort, a startup based in Houston, Texas is helping patients diagnosed with cancer manage their anxiety through virtual reality. Oncomfort helps patients deal not only with their anxiety, pain management and stress but also... […]

  • Places to visit in-world this holiday season
    by David Kariuki on November 17, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Grids are getting an early start on the holidays this year, with a number of winter-themed regions already up and ready to visit, and a full calendar of events planned across the hypergrid. Skiing... […]