Create a 3-D Virtual World
Virtual Worlds are interactive environments that run on the Internet. Users can create a character or avatar which they will use when inside the virtual space. It may be said that the first virtual world was Maze War in 1974 which offered a multi-user, 3D game environment. The 1980s brought the development of The Islands of Kesmai where participants could interact with each other in a virtual world on Compuserve. The first online virtual world was Habitat (Club Caribe) created by LucasFilm Games. Today several virtual environments exist where members can meet, communicate, shop, learn and even develop relationships.
Create Your Virtual World
1. Decide the purpose of your 3D world. Will your 3D community exit for entertainment, education, business, military or political purposes? The most common form of virtual world is the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG), such as World of Warcraft where members participate in exploring the landscape, fighting with monsters and interacting with other participants through a character or avatar that they have created. A fee is required to play the game. Once you enter the game you choose a realm or world and a character or avatar which you will use for your role-play.
2. Choose which world you want to join. Whatever you want to accomplish in your virtual world, there’s a community waiting for you to enter. Go to the Virtual Worlds Review to learn about several of the most popular worlds. You’ll also get ideas about how others are using virtual sites. One of the largest is Second Life where you can have a free account with basic service or you can upgrade to a premium membership with more options such as land ownership. You can customize the look of your avatar so that it is a realistic portrayal of your real self or you can go for the bizarre and outlandish. Creativity is encouraged, you can even fly.
3. Go to the home site of your virtual world and set up a free account. Once you decide which is best virtual world for your needs go to its site and set up a free account and try the site to see if it’s something you want to continue using. For instance, Active Worlds allows you to customize your avatar, set up your own area complete with buildings where you can meet others, play games, shop and explore other worlds. When joining a virtual world site such as Active Worlds, you will usually be asked to download a plug-in to run the virtual world on your computer. You’ll be allowed to participate for free with certain limitations such as capabilities and time limits.
4. Become an active paying member of the community. Once you decide that this virtual world is for you then convert to a paid subscription account. The membership fee will be billed each month to your credit card.