Inhabited virtual worlds

[The Street] is the Broadway, the Champs élysées of the Metaverse. It is the brilliantly lit boulevard that can be seen, miniturized and backward, reflected in the lenses of his goggles. It does not really exist. But right now, millions of people are walking up and down it. …
Like any place in Reality, the Street is subject to development. Developers can build their own small streets feeding off of the main one. They can build buildings, parks, signs, … Hiro has a house in a neighborhood just off the busiest part of the Street. It is a very old neighborhood by Street standards. ...
(Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash, 1992, pp.23-4)

Text-based VR: MUDs, MOOs, MUSEs & MUSHs

'Moo Canada, eh?'
» http://www.moo.ca
... and you can download / install the MOOzilla client for Firefox from
» http://www.moo.ca/moozilla
[Link verified and viewed 23 Feb 2005]

DragonMUD
» http://dragonmud.com
[Link verified and viewed 23 Feb 2005]

NAU Solar System Simulation
» http://www2.nau.edu/~rdr/SolSys
[Link verified and viewed 23 Feb 2005]

2D graphical environments

VPChat (formerly Virtual Places)
» http://www.vpchat.com
Summary page at VWR:
» http://www.virtualworldsreview.com/vpchat/
[Link verified and viewed 23 Feb 2005]

The Palace
» http://www.thepalace.com
Summary page at VWR:
» http://www.virtualworldsreview.com/palace/
[Link verified and viewed 23 Feb 2005]

OpenVerse [Linux, Mac, Windows]
» http://www.openverse.com
[Link verified and viewed 01 Dec 2006]

The Manor
» http://www.madwolfsw.com
Summary page at VWR:
» http://www.virtualworldsreview.com/manor/
[Link verified and viewed 01 Dec 2006]

OnChat / TrueChat
» http://www.truechat.com
Also see blog (with tutorials) at:
» http://truechat.blogspot.com
[Link verified and viewed 01 Dec 2006]

VZones (formerly WorldsAway)
» http://www.vzones.com
Summary page at VWR:
» http://www.virtualworldsreview.com/vzones/
[Link verified and viewed 23 Feb 2005]

J-Chat (formerly Habitat, the prototype for WorldsAway)
» http://www.j-chat.net
[Link verified and viewed 01 Dec 2006]

VirtualIbiza
web-based, but requires Macromedia Shockwave Player plugin
» http://www.virtualibiza.com
Community portal at:
» http://www.virtualibizapeople.com
Summary page at VWR:
» http://www.virtualworldsreview.com/virtualibiza/
[Link verified and viewed 01 Dec 2006]

Dubit
Flash-based 3D chat world; teen-oriented.
» http://www.dubitchat.com
[Link verified and viewed 13 Jan 2007]


3D worlds: Second Life

Second Life
» http://secondlife.com
Summary page at VWR:
» http://www.virtualworldsreview.com/secondlife/

SL-related sites:

SL Universe (SecondLife news)
» http://www.sluniverse.com

SL History Wiki ("a project to document various aspects of Second Life's history that anyone can add to")
» http://history.secondserver.net

Second Life Herald (the SecondLife community newspaper)
» http://www.secondlifeherald.com

Second Life News Center (Reuters of course has a SL Bureau)
» http://secondlife.reuters.com

SL Boutique (a market for buying and selling SL objects)
» http://www.slboutique.com

Second Realty
... strange but true: "Second Realty offers a number of property services including sales and rentals of land and housing, landscaping services and related products such as furniture, fixtures & plants."
» http://www.second-realty.com

Second Life Video (a sort of YouTube for SecondLife)
» http://www.secondlifevideo.com

Second Cast (a podcast covering culture and events in Second Life)
» http://www.secondcast.com

Planet.WorldofSL.com ("Syndicating the Second Life blogosphere")
» http://planet.worldofsl.com

Second Life : Official Linden Blog (the official Second Life blog)
» http://blog.secondlife.com

Second Tense (another Second Life blog: "Discussing technology and future of Second Life as the Metaverse—a matter of when, not if.")
» http://secondtense.blogspot.com

Second Life Future Salon (yet another Second Life blog)
» http://slfuturesalon.blogs.com

ninjafoo Ng : A Second Life on Linux (a Second Life blog for Linux users)
» http://ninjafoo.blogspot.com

Metaverse Technology (an SL-based company)
» http://www.metaversetech.com

and see articles at:

[BBC] 'Second hype or second life?'
» http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6137424.stm

[The Guardian, 14 June 2005] 'Second Life and the virtual property boom'
» http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/games/archives/2005/06/14/↩ second_life_and_the_virtual_property_boom.html

[The Guardian, 20 July 2006] 'Slices of life in a parallel universe'
» http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,1823964,00.html

[The Guardian, 07 Oct 2006] 'You only live twice'
» http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1889617,00.html

[The Guardian, 24 Oct 2006] 'Braving a new world'
» http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/generalfiction/↩ story/0,,1930135,00.html

[The Guardian, 07 Nov 2006] 'Second Life gets its first tabloid'
» http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1941621,00.html

[The Guardian, 07 Nov 2006] 'Second Life plugs into broadband TV'
» http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1941633,00.html

[3pointD, 27 Nov 2006] 'Convert Your MySpace Page to 3D Space Via 3B'
» http://www.3pointd.com/20061127/convert-your-myspace-page-to-3d-space-via-3b/

Finally, take a sobering look at:
'Get a First Life: A One Page Satire of Second Life'
» http://www.getafirstlife.com

[World verified on 31 Jan 2006, and all links and world last viewed, on 01 Dec 2006]


3D worlds: other 'social' worlds

There
» http://www.there.com
Summary page at VWR:
» http://www.virtualworldsreview.com/there/
There Frisky (a There blog)
» http://www.therefrisky.com
[Link verified on 31 Jan 2006, and both link and world last viewed, on 01 Dec 2006]


IMVU
» http://www.imvu.com
[Link verified on 31 Jan 2006, and both link and world last viewed, on 01 Dec 2006]


Moove
» http://www.moove.com
Summary page at VWR:
» http://www.virtualworldsreview.com/moove/


Virtual Laguna Beach (from MTV)
"A virtual world where you can live the show right alongside friends and fans - via a persona that you craft from head to toe. It's the whole Laguna experience in a parallel online universe - including special events, exclusive prizes, cool groups, shopping, and more."
» http://www.vlb.mtv.com


3D worlds: Active Worlds

Active Worlds
» http://www.activeworlds.com
Summary page at VWR:
» http://www.virtualworldsreview.com/activeworlds/
Read the 'help' documentation at:
» http://www.activeworlds.com/help/
[Links verified and viewed 23 Feb 2005]

Worlds using ActiveWorlds technology:
Outerworlds
» http://www.outerworlds.com/
3DEE
» http://www.3dee.com
Village 3D
» http://3d.levillage.org
CyberNet Worlds
» http://www.cybernetworlds.com
Reddog Galaxy
» http://www.reddog-galaxy.com
Dreamland Park
» http://www.dreamlandpark.com
See video introduction / overview at:
» http://dreamlandpark.de/neu3/index.html


3D worlds: Blaxxun

Blaxxun
» http://www.blaxxun.com
[Link verified and viewed 23 Feb 2005]

Blaxxun teleports
» http://perso.kaina.mageos.com/Annuaire/contact.htm
» http://www.mondesvirtuels.com/index.php?cat=mondes
» http://www.anonim.net/3d/
» http://membres.lycos.fr/eclipse/mondes/mondes.htm
» http://www.virtuality3d.co.uk/index.php?p=dir&viewCat=41
[Links verified and viewed 1 March 2005]

Sample Blaxxun worlds
10 Bells (excellent!!!)
» http://www.3dworlds.ca/web3d/xcontact.htm
Mission Base: 3D Earth
» http://mission.base.com/theearth/
World Magic Park (good!)
» http://wmpk.fnet.fr/Testphp/Monde3D/
Amazonescity
» http://www.amazonescity.com/3d/contact.htm

Office Towers
Good with any VRML browser, though multi-user version designed for use with Blaxxun.
» http://www.officetowers.com
[Link verified and viewed 19 March 2007]

Chateau des Templiers (game-like, good)
» http://maximages.free.fr/no_cache/mondes/contact.htm
Chupsen
» http://www.utc13.com//Photos/chupsen/no_cache/chupsen/contactnuit.htm
Ancient Tree (adventure game)
» http://www.dhyan.it/public/prova/contact.htm
Anubis Temple (adventure game)
» http://www.dhyan.it/public/TempleofDeath/contact.htm
Forum Romanum (historical)
» http://www.magellannarfe.com/thezanj/chat/ForumRomanum/
iCity
» http://www.icity.co.il
[All links verified and viewed 1 March 2005]

3D worlds: Adobe Atmosphere

Adobe Atmosphere
Adobe Atmophere 1.0 was discontinued and withdrawn from the market as of December 19, 2004. There is still a broad fan base, however, and many worlds are still accessible online.
» http://www.adobe.com/products/atmosphere/
Download the Adobe Atmosphere Player and world-building software from:
» http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/win/16313 (enter 'Atmosphere' in the search box if the correct download page is not displayed)
Single-user and multi-user worlds can still be accessed and explored (see list below), and you will find a tutorial for Adobe Atmosphere at:
» http://wellmadewebs.com/public/atmo/atmo-main.html
[All the above links verified and viewed 15 March 2005]

Portals to Adobe Atmosphere worlds:
» http://www.atmospherians.com
» http://www.qyntrix.com
» http://www.atmostats.com/Atmosphere_Worlds_24hours.html
» http://www.cage8.com/?d=gateway&id=uliwild&ses=NM0pipt
[All the above links verified and viewed 15 March 2005]

Sample Adobe Atmosphere worlds:
Star Wars (this one is spectacular!)
» http://www.a1media.co.uk/Atmosphere/Star_Wars/index.html
Ashford, Kent
» http://www.a1media.co.uk/Atmosphere/Ashford/index.html
Ightham Mote
» http://www.atmokits.com/atmokits/IghthamMote/index.html
Pub
» http://www.a1media.co.uk/Atmosphere/Pub/index.html
Drive on Mars ("An Educational Outreach Experiment in Driving a Virtual Rover on a Digital Martian Terrain")
» http://www.driveonmars.com/index1.html
Space|Lounge
» http://www.it-quadrat.de/spacelounge/ [All the above links verified and viewed 15 March 2005]


3D worlds: other 3D worlds

Worlds Inc
» http://www.worlds.com
[Link verified and viewed 23 Feb 2005]

Multiverse
(still in beta when viewed, but looks immensely promising)
"Multiverse's unique technology platform will change the economics of virtual world development by empowering independent game developers to create high-quality, Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) and non-game virtual worlds for less money and in less time than ever before. Multiverse solves the prohibitive challenges of game creation by providing developers with a comprehensive, pre-coded client-server infrastructure and tools, a wide range of free content—including a complete game for modification—and a built-in market of consumers. The Multiverse Network will give video game players a single program—the Multiverse Client—that lets them play all of the MMOGs and visit all of the non-game virtual worlds built on the Multiverse platform."
» http://www.multiverse.net
[Link verified and viewed 06 Dec 2006]

Entropia Universe [Windows 2000 or later]
» http://www.entropiauniverse.com
[Link verified and viewed 01 Dec 2006]

Cybertown
» http://www.cybertown.com
[Link verified and viewed 23 Feb 2005]

DigitalSpace Traveler (was: OnLive! Traveler)
» http://traveler.onlive.com/community/trav2dest.html

3DChat Virtual Universe (Java; platform-independent)
» http://www.3d-chat.com

Muse
(I loved this one ... but for some time the server has been down, and I fear that it may be yet another project that has been discontinued. The installer may still be downloaded from the web site where you will also glean a fair idea of what this world was like.)
» http://www.musecorp.com
Summary page at VWR:
» http://www.virtualworldsreview.com/muse/
[Web links verified and last viewed 2 February 2006]

InterSpace (regrettably the project seems to have been terminated -- see news items at:)
» http://home.zdnet.com/anchordesk/story/story_2163.html
and
» http://www.ntts.co.jp/ENGLISH/wn/991220.html