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Monday, September 09, 2013


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Raph Koster (@raphkoster)

That tweet should have read "markup was both desc[ription of the world] and [the network] protocol." Basically, like HTML is. Curse you, 140 character limit!

Wagner James Au

Thanks, Raph, fixed! I had wondered about that, thought you were referring to a desktop client or something. :)

Arcadia Codesmith

You need anchors. It's like a shopping mall -- strong anchor stores draw in all the little boutique outlets between.

Metacam Oh

Lets not really forget that the OASIS was a corporately owned entity that while was at a threat of being taken over by far worse, didn't really embody anything of the current virtual worlds. You couldn't do much in the OASIS unless you had some cash, including traveling to different OASIS locations. There was a fundamental "game aspect" that was the basis for the OASIS. You couldn't just log in and do whatever you pleased, you had to level up you had to earn/buy things. Perhaps if SL had some underlying game theme it could be more interesting, but I am definitely not of the opinion that virtual worlds are only for the rich or the person with 100 hours to level up their avatar.


activeworlds redux c.1994.

Arcadia Codesmith

AlphaWorld was a brilliant breakthrough. When the metaverse finally coalesces, as I believe is inevitable, I hope it has the capability to incorporate milestone virtual environments that were designed as walled gardens... not least of all because my first virtual build is lost somewhere in that chaotic maze.

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