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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


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




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


WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library




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


Hypergrid Business
NPR Archives







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


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


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



Hypergrid Business Covering virtual reality, immersive worlds, and other emerging technologies

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