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There's nothing I hate more than logging into an MMO, running across a friend, and being hit by the wall of levels that separates us. She might act as if she's OK hanging out with a newbie, but the truth is that she'd rather be off doing high-level things with her high-level buddies. If only there...

November 21st 2013 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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I can see now what many of you might say about IMVU, especially after watching the embedded video. I know that many players will find the game, the world, and the virtual social connection nothing but an excuse for strangers to get together to talk dirty. As soon as I saw the game, I knew that it...

September 23rd 2012 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Ah, what a week in livestreaming for the Massively crew! Luckily, no one was discouraged by the fact that I was unable to stream my usual amount because I was waiting on a new PC to arrive. What brave soldiers, what fearless souls! I begged them to go on without me, and... well, they did. Pretty...

September 23rd 2012 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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I remember years ago staying up very late, usually on the weekends, chatting about politics or religion in a wonderful social MMO called There. My wife and I would join a bunch of online friends to haunt parties and other gatherings, often getting booted out because we would bring up sensitive to...

September 16th 2012 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Housing. Mission generators. Player-run festivals. Music. Overall general sandboxy goodness. Since its debut over a year ago, Some Assembly Required has covered a number of topics related to player-generated content as well as the games that offer such features. However, recent events have turned...

September 14th 2012 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Welcome to The Virtual Whirl, a new weekly Massively column covering virtual environments generally. The term 'virtual world' is slowly seeing less use, being supplanted by the more general 'virtual environment', but the world term still has a fair bit of life left in it. Virtual environments cover...

January 24th 2010 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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So, as you may recall last week Linden Lab responded about what appeared to be Second Life advertisements that capitalized on the recently-released James Cameron film, Avatar. Linden Lab implied (though didn't actually state plainly) that the advertisements were not intended to cause confusion betwe...

January 18th 2010 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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Google's Lively presents us with an interesting scenario. It was literally a checklist of what critics have been saying that virtual environments such as Linden Lab's Second Life absolutely must have in order to make it. A simplified user-interface, embedded in the Web-browser, content designed by p...

January 2nd 2009 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Open to the public just today, it seems hard to believe that Google's new Lively service is the much-vaunted virtual world product Project Snowcrash aka MyWorld that has been in secret beta-testing for some time. Lively is a series of web-embeddable virtual spaces (think Metaplace) that function as...

July 9th 2008 at 7:00am 0 Comments
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Friday held the Social Gaming Summit, a meeting of the luminaries of the various virtual worlds -- Gaia Online, Neopets, and IMVU to name a very few -- in San Francisco. This blogger was on hand for several of the panels, and came away with a deeper understanding of where the demarcation between mas...

June 14th 2008 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Cepstral's imVoices is a way to update dreary old text chat by assigning different voices to your written speech. This is something I've been interested in for quite a while; I've never been a big fan of voice in Second Life. An app like this would go a long way toward maintaining suspension of disb...

February 8th 2008 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Actually there's quite a few reasons that there's little competition to Second Life in existance or planned - at least the sort of competition that a Second Life user would think of as a competitor to Second Life (hint: They don't think TSO is, or Kaneva, or Red Light Center, or Project Entropia or...

November 6th 2007 at 1:30pm 0 Comments