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!
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* 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
I’ve been active in the virtual world of Second Life for almost 15 years now (since 2007), and one of the things I have learned (which also applies to the newer crop of social VR apps and the suddenly-ubiquitous NFT metaverse platforms) is the following lesson: people are willing to invest a significant amount of … Continue reading UPDATED! Editorial: Old Age in Virtual Worlds and Social VR—Why the Representation of Aging Matters in the Metaverse