VIRTUAL WORLDS Very real and very now
The original Metaverse Evangelist and Tech Guru, Ian ‘Epredator Hughes’ presents a guide to the next generation of virtual worlds
So what are these virtual worlds? The term Virtual World is often applied to the many ways people interact online. In a modern connected world where people are only just coming to terms with talking to friends and family online on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, it’s worth casting an eye towards the richer, and direct experience that visual virtual worlds bring. These days there are more virtual worlds than ever before. The amount of interaction each world can offer differs. Some virtual worlds are aimed mostly at kids. These worlds allow kids to express their style through customising their home and their character. Others allow directed text chat (choosing phrases from a menu), up to full text chat. Safety is an important factor for parents, and these worlds are carefully monitored and strict language ﬁlters are used to prevent the obvious potential dangers of talking to strangers. For the younger audience it is fairly typical for the character they use when signed in to be regarded as a pet.
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