Virtual World Games
Virtual world games exist for just about every demographic. Once you decide on the general category, you'll have to make another decision of whether you want a free game or a paid version. The free online games are either sponsored by the individual who creates it or manages the website -- these are usually labors of love and their success depends on the personality of the person who manages them. Another funding options for free games is to allow corporate sponsorship. Many multinational corporations offer free access in order to have a venue to displaying their brand, creating brand loyalty and attracting new customers.
Disney virtual worlds
Disney, for example, has an elaborate virtual site that allows the whole family to participate, and starts with an area that pre-school kids will enjoy, complete with favorite Disney characters. It even has a module where families can plan their trips to Disney park locations. There's not doubt that Disney has found a successful formula for virtual world games that create brand loyalty from toddlers to grandparents.
Virtual worlds for kids
If you want to find them by age group, there are games for children, teens and adults. The best children's worlds are monitored and combine entertainment with education. Sites like
are free, fun and safe for kids to hang out in with minimal supervision. Most sites let kids chat, so keep in mind that it's always a good idea to check regularly to make sure the site has not been hacked.
Important note: Teen Second Life (SL) was closed on 01/21/2011 and its contents were transferred to the Second Life main grid. Most of the information in the paragraph below is mainly for historical purposes.
Teens have their own digital world to play in a Second Life for Teens. More elaborate than most virtual worlds, it offers chat as well as the ability to create avatars and their accessories with the same visual quality that the main Second Life is famous for. Once they reach age 18, teens can participate in the main world on Second Life.
Sports, pets and fantasy worlds
If you want to find them by interest, there are virtual world games for pet lovers, sports enthusiasts and fantasy fans. If you have always dreamed of raising llamas, join
and play the llama breeding game. If you're a golf fan, you can join the virtual
World Golf Tour
and practice your game, compete in golf tournaments and meet other golfers. People who love fantasy can join
World of Warcraft
, one of the oldest and best established virtual communities online.
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