Building Virtual Worlds
Many computer users have found that building virtual worlds allows them to interact freely with others, create an online identity, or create an alternate lifestyle lived out online. The building process is not difficult and there are numerous helpful websites like Digital Space you can refer to as you plan your world.
If you have an idea you can develop your own virtual world. Building virtual worlds starts with a concept which users extend into an actual online environment. Once built, the user can interact with other users and enjoy his online space.
Just as an architect renders plans for a home or building you will develop a plan before building your virtual world. Users who have experience building worlds urge new designers to visit other worlds that are already on the ‘net.
Visiting virtual environments created by others will give you a chance to see what has worked well for others, make notes of design elements you can use, and know what ideas to definitely stay away from. It is perfectly acceptable to borrow design ideas from others.
There are also other ways to get ideas for your space. Books and movies can give you great fodder for your virtual environment. There are many books and movies that actually focus on the virtual world making them the perfect place to look for inspiration.
Building virtual worlds does not require you to re-invent the wheel. There are many online sites and communities that offer templates you can use to design your world. One popular virtual reality site, Second Life, will walk you through the creation process and help you build your environment from the foundation up.
Using available templates makes building virtual worlds possible for anyone with a computer and internet access. In online communities like Second Life you will manipulate the environment by adding and deleting items in order to create your perfect world.
Some users prefer to build their virtual world from scratch. This is a more advanced process and does require computer knowledge. Most virtual environments on the ‘net today are created using available templates.
Personalizing your Virtual World
Once you have a plan and have found a design template it is time to construct your own virtual world. As mentioned before you will manipulate the environment to make it personal and to reflect you or your online persona.
If your virtual world is a single room you can employ elements of design and use furniture to make the space uniquely yours. If your virtual world includes an entire city you can develop each building to fit into your overall plan.
Many users build fantasy worlds and let their imaginations run wild. Creating virtual worlds is an excellent way to express yourself. Realism, fantasy, or a mix of the two can be used to create an environment for your online life.
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