Virtual Worlds Online
The growth of virtual worlds online has exploded in recent years. Millions of users log onto virtual worlds every day. These users find alternative realities in a virtual world and use these online worlds for gaming and communicating with others.
Virtual Worlds Explained
Virtual worlds online are computer-generated environments where users interact using avatars. An avatar is a user’s online personality or a 3D figure created to represent the user while he is in virtual space. The ability to have avatars interact is the main impetus behind virtual worlds online.
The user’s computer is his access into the world of virtual reality. After registering and logging in to a virtual online world the user will be presented with various scenarios, realistic and imagined, in which he can interact.
Virtual worlds online can mimic the real world and real life situations or can be totally based on fantasy. Rules and other measures usually exist in a virtual world to give directions to users. Rules may focus on behavior and netiquette while in the virtual environment, how to communicate with other users, or how your avatar will move in the virtual world.
The Walls Come Tumbling Down
Virtual worlds are used by people from all over the world to interact, play, and communicate. A user might imagine that he will be able to keep his virtual and real life experiences separate but will immediately find this is difficult.
With users from many different cultures logging onto virtual worlds they all bring something of themselves to the virtual environment. Even in virtual worlds that are clearly fantasy based users find there is no way to keep a wall up between their real and fantasy lives.
Your Virtual World or Mine?
Virtual worlds are basically gigantic socializing arenas. 3D games, blogs, chat rooms, and actual “worlds” allow users to communicate with each other. One popular virtual online world, Second Life, is also famous for its many bars, nightclubs anbd other places where avatars hang out, hear music, dance, and enjoy each other’s company.
Socialization in virtual online worlds is very popular with people who are not comfortable socializing in the real world. A virtual world allows them to meet others and interact without ever having to meet face to face.
Socialization in virtual online worlds is also a factor that many detractors of virtual reality point to as being dangerous. It is their contention that many stalkers and abusers target people online and that child pornography and illegal materials may exist in a virtual world.
New and Improved Virtual Worlds
Creators of virtual worlds online are constantly improving the virtual experience for their users. As virtual worlds become more popular developers are finding many ways to tweak these worlds and allow for more personalized game play.
Second Life, mentioned before as a popular online virtual world, faced many negative criticisms concerning minors become residents in the Second Life world. Linden Lab, the creators of the Second Life virtual world, recognized the dangers faced by minors in a virtual world where no controls existed. They created Teen Second Life (nowadays not in operation) for younger users and have monitors who search for inappropriate actions or use of inappropriate content between users.
Virtual Worlds online are a reality. It is important for parents to be aware of what they are, what they offer, and if their children are active in virtual worlds. For Virtual world users the massive growth of these worlds is seen as a tremendous advantage. More users bring more to the game and force developers to constantly develop new content for virtual worlds online.
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