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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 OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary

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

Preservation

History


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

Library

WorldCat, 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

News

Hypergrid Business
NPR Archives

Book

ISBNdb

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

  • This fall’s AvatarFest to be the last
    by Press Release on August 8, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Citing changes in the social fabric of the hypergrid, Han Held announced in the official AvatarFest Google Plus group that 2018 would be the last year of AvatarFest, the annual OpenSim festival celebrating end... […]

  • Art exhibit opens on Metropolis next month
    by Press Release on August 3, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    The 1st Digital Bienniale immersive interactive art exhibit will open to the public on September 20 on the Metropolis Grid. There is also companion physical world event organized by Berlin’s KW Institute for Contemporary... […]

  • The Adult Grid rebrands as Tag Grid
    by Press Release on July 31, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Editor: This is a contributed announcement from Tag Grid. The Adult Grid has changed its name to Tag Grid. We can still be reached on our old URL and we are in the process... […]

  • Why OpenSim is good for content creators
    by Maria Korolov on July 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    In the comments section on one of the several InWorldz-related articles these past few days, I saw some people talking about whether OpenSim is safe for content. The idea being that InWorldz was somehow... […]

  • Poll: Where are InWorldz folks going?
    by Maria Korolov on July 29, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    DigiWorldz and Discovery Grid were the two top destinations of former InWorldz residents looking for a new home, with respondents almost evenly split at 38 and 36 percent, respectively. Kitely was in third place,... […]