Friday, 14 January 2011

Paris in IMVU, is Virtual Reality all about the Social not Space

This IMVU Paris makes it look as though one of the largest cities in Western Europe were in a park.

Eiffel Tower models are very popular in Second Life as well and as I explore IMVU I find more and more I see things that have been done in SL. But IMVU has a much more limited spatial model.

I suspect that the popularity of IMVU over Second Life, Blue Mars, and Twinity comes down to the fact the Spatial must support the Social! That I think is the first law of Web 3.0. Second Life is full of rich models you can explore in detail, but they are usually ghost towns. If you go to the kinds of places people actually like to go in Second Life they look very much like IMVU chat rooms.

Perhaps IMVU has learned the essence of popular virtual reality, taking out the "game" technology that limits the number of users who can download and use the client and concentrate on the social spaces where people just spend hours hanging out chatting.

Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
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