virtual world

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virtual world

[¦vər·chə·wəl ′wərld]
(computer science)
A navigable visual digital environment.

virtual world

(1) A 3D computer environment in which users are represented on screen as themselves or as made-up characters and interact in real time with other users. Massively multiuser online games (MMOGs) and worlds such as Second Life are examples. See MMOG, MMORPG, Second Life and metaverse.

(2) A generic term for the online world of the Internet. See hyperconnected.
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Given the inherently engaging characteristics of 3-D virtual world platforms, the outlook for these tools is compelling.
So the first step for the instructor is to "sell" that notion that the 3-D virtual world is part of an evolutionary process that started with the web and progressed to Web 2.0 technologies and will eventually be found in 3-D web modalities.
Launched in 2003, Second Life is a 3-D virtual world operated via a downloadable internet programme.
Second Life describes itself as a 3-D virtual world built and
It exists in Second Life, an Internet-based 3-D virtual world with some six million registered users.
Second Life (SL), a privately owned, partially subscription-based 3-D virtual world, was made publicly available in 2003 by San Francisco-based Linden Lab.
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