There are hundreds of popular virtual communities and worlds with thousands of users across the web. The popular one’s include secondworld.com, Activeworlds.com, Entropia Universe, there.com, kaneva.com, Worlds.com, Moove AND IMVU. The following are other virtual reality worlds you should know.
3D Planets: This is an online community with excellent 3-D worlds, homes, and jobs. You can move around from the planets, own a home, have a job (complete with a title), shop at the mall, buy and sell items, and earn planet bucks and experience points for using the site.
3DEE Virtual Reality: Would you like to meet people from all over the world and chat with them in an online city? You can move around, communicating in a 3-D cyberspace, all from the comfort of your home on your personal computer.
Avalon: This is a premier multiuser, role-playing,online-game world.
Chamber of Chat: This is an MMORPG (massively multi-player online role-playing game) graphical experience. It has a number of areas, giving users the feeling that they are actually interacting in a 3-D world. You can hang out with people (students), chill in the common room, network at the pub, play games, and even download sweet wallpapers.
CyberNet Worlds: This is a 3-D, chat-based program that has your choice of avatar, virtual worlds, file transfer, instant messaging, contacts list, and even the capability to play virtual games in 3-D.
Cybertown: Cybertown is a futuristic, 3-D, familyoriented, cutting-edge, fun, entertainment community with lots to do and see.
Disney’s Toontown Online: This is the first massively multiplayer online game designed specifically for kids and families. It is an award-winning, endlessly evolving, kid-safe, immersive 3-D online world.
Don Bain’s Virtual Guidebooks: Taking you there using imagery that totally immerses you is what this virtual world is all about, with more than 4,000 virtual reality panoramas of Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, and the western United States.
Dotsoul: Dotsoul is the eternally surreal blog of the online virtual reality world.
Euro VR: This consists of links to QuickTime Virtual realities of the world and Europe and also information on virtual reality.
First Age of Avalon: Experience the power of this realm where it is truly difficult to separate reality from the adventurous life of Avalon, a breathtaking journey into the imagination, where a game is no longer a game, and only you set the limits of what is possible.
Full-screen QTVR: Discover the world in QuickTime Virtual Reality full-screen. Hosted by VRWAY, this is a project of Panoramas.dk and VRMa.
Hello World! VRMAG: This is a monthly online travel, photography, and technology magazine that has 360- degree virtual reality panoramas covering great architecture, cities, hotels, resorts, cathedrals, tours, walks,
guest columnists, case studies, and feature articles.
Karga—The Other World: This is a 3-D chat system and virtual reality environment where users can move around in 3-D places, talk and see each other, change their appearance, and so on.
Meez: You can create animated, 3-D avatars that can be dressed up, as well as play free games and use the avatars in virtual worlds. Your avatar can be used as your AIM emoticon and can also be exported to
MySpace, LiveJournal, and other sites.
Open Directory Project: This is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a massive global community of volunteer editors.
OuterWorlds: This is a 3-D multiuser, futuristic chatting system that is available now. Try on an avatar— use a 3-D human figure or some figures that are not so human. Make your avatar wave, dance, and walk. Visit many of the detailed 3-D worlds, interacting with people in real time, from anywhere in the world.
Power Pets: This is an online community/virtual world, where you can adopt (simulated) pets, play games, and meet other simulated-pet owners.
TalkTrix Discussion Forums: These are free-speech forums where you can talk about anything from politics and technology to sports.
The Internet TeleCafe: This is a place to meet new people and make friends from the 30,000-plus active users you can chat with from the TeleCafe. Plus, membership is free.
The Palace: This is the finest avatar-chat community on the Internet. You can download the Palace software, join the online community, and start chatting for free.
TowerChat: Create your own customized world, meet new people, and make friends, all within the same online community.
Virtual Ibiza: This is a 3-D gateway world based on hedonism; the island of Ibiza is totally filled with fun. Choose a character and then communicate with likeminded people from all over the globe.
Web City Office Towers 3-D World: This is an ambitious VRML/Web3D-world project consisting of office buildings, places of entertainment, shopping centers, and many other venues. Building doors open to let you in, and you can even use elevators. This world is full of unexpected events and surprises such as music, ATM machines, a theater, and links to other worlds.
Whyville: This is a virtual world targeted to teen and preteen girls and boys. They have 1.7 million registered “citizens” who come from all over to create, learn, and have fun together. Whyville has places to go, things to do, and, of course, people to see. It has its own newspaper, senators, city hall, square, suburbia, economy, museum, beach, and so much more.