Create a Virtual World
Yes! You can create a virtual world. If you have basic computer skills you can create and develop your own online virtual environment. It is easy and there are programs to guide you through the entire creative process.
Many people are interested in creating an online space but never get started because they fear the process will be too difficult. This could not be further from the truth. With so many online programs available to guide you in creating a virtual world the creative process does not involve high-tech knowledge and can be completed without an advanced degree in computer science.
To make up a virtual world you will want to have a plan. You must decide whether your virtual world will be based in reality or fantasy. Will your virtual world be a public or private space? What will you do to make your world unique?
These and other questions will have to be answered as you create your virtual world. Take the time to do some research. Surf the web and visit virtual worlds other users have created. You will find plenty of examples out there and can learn what you like, what works, and what is just plain silly.
After you have a basic plan you can begin to create your virtual world. You do not have to re-invent the wheel to design a unique space. Online programs, such as the popular Second Life, guide users through the creative process. These online programs provide basic templates you can use to customize your own environment.
Your virtual world will be created as you add, delete, and manipulate objects in your virtual environment. If you are building a room you can add furniture and decorate the room to represent your own personal style. If you are developing an island you can add trees and wildlife.
You can find news and information about developers, programmers and visionaries building virtual world platforms and applications in the virtual world SIG.
…And They Will Come
After you create a virtual world you will want to populate the environment. Most users build virtual worlds in order to have a space to interact with others. You can create your own avatar to represent you in the world of virtual reality and invite your friends, (represented by their avatars), to visit your space.
Online programs, such as Second Life, allow for real time communication with other virtual world residents. In the virtual world you have created you can chat with others, have a job, have a pet, and create an entire “second life” for yourself where you can freely communicate with others.
It is important to remember that it will take time to create a virtual world. The old saying, “Rome was not built in a day,” aptly reflects the creative processes and time frame necessary in creating your online space. Do not rush yourself or set an impossible deadline. By taking time to create a virtual world you will enjoy the time you spend there.
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