Straszfilm’s Video Essay on Active Worlds: A Look Back at a Virtual World That Was Ahead of Its Time—And That You Can Still Visit and Explore Today, 27 Years Later!

Last week, YouTuber Strasz released a 30-minute video essay that’s part documentary and part love letter to a pioneering virtual world that he was once a fond and active member of, called Active Worlds. Consisting mostly of first-person coverage of his exploration of AW, it’s a fascinating look at what many people (myself included) consider … Continue reading Straszfilm’s Video Essay on Active Worlds: A Look Back at a Virtual World That Was Ahead of Its Time—And That You Can Still Visit and Explore Today, 27 Years Later!

Early Reader Poll Result! Active Worlds Wins “Touchiest Virtual World” Award

Torley Linden, a longtime Linden Lab staff member, tells some very funny stories of how he used to regularly get kicked off Active Worlds (the grand-daddy of virtual worlds) for talking about Second Life to the residents there. Well, guess what? I posted a link to my survey in the Active Worlds Discord channel yesterday, … Continue reading Early Reader Poll Result! Active Worlds Wins “Touchiest Virtual World” Award

Active Worlds: A Brief Introduction

Active Worlds* is the granddaddy of virtual worlds. Founded in 1995, it has been in operation for nearly 23 years now. I had visited once before, back in 2010, after reading about its 15th anniversary on Metafilter. But I had lost my login information, so I decided to create a new account and pay Active Worlds a … Continue reading Active Worlds: A Brief Introduction