This week There.com announced Mac support, plus an instant messaging client and facebook integration. Second Life (which has long been on Mac and Linux too) announced their IM client as well. Looks like they’re responding to Google Lively, which itself may have been launched early to respond to Vivaty. Virtual worlds are back with a vengeance, with $345 Million invested so far this year – with companies releasing free content-creation tools and solid server platforms hosting actual users, lots of ‘em. A flurry of new metaverses came to SIGGRAPH this year – but that’s not the whole story. Social networks, instant messaging integration and cross platform support (YES, I mean Mac) are underpinning mass adoption, this time around.
Below, I’ll report from the field on the new wave of virtual worlds and what they mean to us.
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