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SecondLife
AltSpaceVR
VRChat
High Fidelity

Resources

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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

  • What I learned about virtual worlds by helping...
    by Adam Frisby on October 10, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    When we started OpenSim many years ago (back with MW, lbsa71 and many others who have since drifted on), we had grand ambitions. Yes, it started as a fun tinkering project that we spun... […]

  • Community leaders evaluating Google Plus...
    by Maria Korolov on October 10, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Since Google announced that they were shutting down their Google Plus social platform by end of next summer, organizers of OpenSim-related communities on that platform have begun searching for an alternative. Google Plus was... […]

  • Google Plus to shut down by next summer
    by Maria Korolov on October 8, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Google has announced today that it is shutting down the Google Plus social network for consumers. The platform has been popular for OpenSim users to share news about the hypergrid. OpenSim Virtual has more than 2,000... […]

  • Virtual Library opens branches in OpenSim
    by Valerie Hill on October 3, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    The Second Life-based Community Virtual Library is opening two branches in OpenSim next summer, on the Kitely and Avacon grids. The two new library branches will be CVL Hypergrid Resource Libraries with content designed... […]

  • Memorial for OpenSim developer this Saturday
    by Maria Korolov on September 24, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Kristopher Therrien, known as Quill Littlefeather to the OpenSim community, passed away this month. His family will be holding a memorial service on Saturday, September 29 at 11 a.m. at People’s United Methodist Church in... […]