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Aaron Delwiche
Date: 2008-07-25 07:32
Subject: Keep on rockin' in the free (virtual) worlds
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For months, the blogosphere was buzzing with rumors that Google was designing a virtual world. Speculation ran rampant among metaverse developers. Some suggested that Google would create a world even more powerful than Second Life. Others predicted the technology giant would join IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Linden Lab in their efforts to improve security, usability, and stability of the Second Life grid.

Hopes that Google would take the industry to the next level were dashed when the company’s new virtual space was unveiled earlier this month. Dubbed Lively, Google’s platform is a browser-based three dimensional chat room that has more in common with IMVU and Habbo Hotel than with Second Life. Lively users can select one of ten preset avatars, they can decorate their personal spaces with pre-created furniture, and they can choose from a limited range of avatar animations. However, the new environment does not permit users to create three dimensional objects, it lacks a scripting language, and there is no in-world economy. Google says it might eventually open things up, but Lively content is currently limited to items created by “a small number of trusted testers, vendors and creative agencies.”

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That girl is poison
User: onesillymonkey
Date: 2008-07-27 19:48 (UTC)
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I read about that! I just started working at Big Fish Games a couple of months ago, so these emerging virtual worlds have really started to pique my interest (more so than before).

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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2009-10-19 11:23 (UTC)
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This is a great site for students, visit http://www.itprojectsforyou.com
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