|the Future of the Internet?||
|the Future of Education?|
Active Worlds Edu
The Palace Edu
|What is it all about?
There are many many worlds out there with various themes. A lot of these themes are fantasy or science-fiction based. But there are loads with other themes, like computers, politics, many discussion themes on various topics, commercial themes, more and more educational themes, and many many more.
You can see Virtual Worlds as a social version of the World Wide Web. The Virtual Worlds we refer to are all Multi-User ones. People interact with each other in various ways.
Why we refer to Virtual Worlds as a sort of World Wide Web is because it covers almost as many topics.
The Palace has a nice system called The Palace Directory to help you find the world you want. The web version of the Directory lists the worlds alphabetically.. The 'in-world' version of the Directory allows you to select and enter a world of your special interest.
Active Worlds has a special world for this function.. It's the default world called 'AWgate'. New users automatically land in this world. Active Worlds is 3D and people can 'walk' to areas that have 'gateways' to worlds with a special topic. The picture in the top right of this page is a screenshot from 'AWgate'.
In contrast to the worlds above some other worlds have only one theme, like 3Do's Meridian 59 and LivingMasks' Illusia. Active Worlds and The Palace form real universes.
universe, in the Virtual Worlds community we use the word universe to refer to a group of worlds that use the same server software
in-world, with in-world we mean 'inside a Virtual World'. With a 'in-world' version of something we mean a system inside a Virtual World.