Latest Internet Trends – Virtual Worlds



Virtual worlds are definitely not a new thing in the online world, but they are growing in popularity ever so quickly, and for good reasons.  When virtual worlds first began to make their appearance as early as 1973, when the first-person shooting games were introduced, they hardly resembled the virtual worlds that online gamers frequent these days.  Today, virtual worlds are not only similar to real life, but some people actually live in them as if they were as well.  You can do almost anything in a virtual world that you can do in real life, the only real limit is physical contact.  And some people even take their virtual world so seriously that it does spill into real life to the point of establishing physical contact.  Virtual worlds are used by people who want to actually experience a different life, they are used by people who simply want to have fun, and they are even used by individuals who want to meet other people like themselves, and of course they are, in many cases, used by children that enjoy video games as well.  The virtual world gaming market consists of so many different types of individuals that it is a top market for computer gurus to get into these days.  But before you do, you should take a look at some of the different types of virtual worlds out there and consider why they are so popular amongst users, but first lets consider what a virtual world consists of.

Characteristics of a Virtual World
One thing that is definite about all virtual worlds is that multiple individuals can be in the same virtual world at the same time, and the different users can all interact with each other.  In addition all virtual worlds use either 2D or 3D to allow the user to visually see the space that the virtual world consists of.  Actions taken by users in the virtual world happen in real time, and users have the ability develop and alter their surroundings.  Finally, although virtual worlds encourage the development of various types of social groups and interaction, the virtual world does continue on regardless of the number of individuals using it, or regardless, even, if there are no users.  

Popular Virtual Worlds
There are a number of highly popular virtual worlds that are trending these days, on of which is Habbo.  This particular virtual world has been around for a significant amount of time and has remained popular among virtual world aficionados.  Habbo is a 3D virtual world, and allows users to do everything from decorating their own home to visiting friends in public venues.


Another popular virtual world these days is Onverse, which has many of the same characteristics as Habbo.  What makes this world so popular among those that enjoy the virtual world trend is the fact that points can be collected to be used for all sorts of things, such as shopping and playing games.  You can even have a pet in the Onverse virtual world, making it even more like real life.



Virtual worlds may not be real life, but they are a trendy thing to get into these days, and the more they are like real life, the more people want to play them.

Article has been contributed by David Ritchie, a technical writer currently interested in ad ware.



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7 Respones to "Latest Internet Trends – Virtual Worlds"

Anita said...

I'm sorry if I sound like a grumpy old witch, but there's something seriously wrong with the world today if kids are virtually living in the fantasy world such as Second Life. Yes, I *know* it all is just for fun, but still...
Sometimes I feel the need to log off then remember I'm in the RL :/ Sigh.


December 19, 2011 at 5:07 PM
Video Editing Chicago said...

I personally enjoy virtual worlds. But I think we should not let ourselves "live" in this kind of perspective because it can be unhealthy. We should see to it that we still have a "real" social life.


December 23, 2011 at 12:23 AM
pauldoh said...

Merry Christmas
And more blessings for 2012.. ^_^

Napadaan para bumati :)


December 25, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Ira said...

I've been addicted to some MMORPG before. It was indeed very enjoying but I think its really unhealthy especially for kids and teens.


January 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Joseph said...

This kind of activity is addictive especially in kids.Moderation is highly recommended in all ages.


January 3, 2012 at 6:50 AM
Elvirah said...

Virtual world is something like a dream. A better word that fits is "Dreamworld"; its definitely fun being in virtual world, but at the end of the day its just a dream we were living in. It looks exciting but that dream can never be true.


January 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Daniel Milstein said...

That is so true Herbert. As an author and business man, I can relate to how you said "Finally, although virtual worlds encourage the development of various types of social groups and interaction, the virtual world does continue on regardless of the number of individuals using it, or regardless, even, if there are no users". I hope more people discover your blog because you really know what you're talking about. Can't wait to read more from you!


January 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM

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