Thursday, 8 October 2009

More on IMVU

IMVU is probably only interesting in that it offers a chance to see how many of the identities and constructs forming Second Life exist wider on the Internet. IMVU, like Lively, is a hell of rooms, each room is a fully isolated space of social happening. Rooms go in for Goth, Vampire, Future, Japan, all the stuff of Second Life. And lots of sex.

Really it just feels like a low tech Second Life. The fact it can have as many online members as SL is only a tribute to the failure of SL to attract a wider public. When I logged on to IMVU it had 7,000 more avs than Second Life. Maybe it is counting funny, but Second Life inability to run away with the VR market can only come from a fundamental flaw either in the technology, or the social model of libertarian free for all, or both.

Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
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