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3D Virtual Chat Worlds

Friday, November 9th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

3D Virtual Chat Worlds

Virtual 3D chat worlds are the new type of chat sites emerging almost everywhere on the Internet today. They are making use of 3D images and characters to give users a sense of a virtual world where they can move around and meet other people. You can create your own unique identities in these chat rooms by creating avatars and you can develop relationships with other avatars in the virtual world. You can even buy and sell land in the virtual world for real money. And that’s just the beginning!

The scope and possibilities of virtual worlds are huge. There are countless Web sites on the Internet that offer the facilities to chat in virtual 3D worlds. All of them require you to have memberships as well. Whereas memberships are free in most of the cases, some Web sites offer premium memberships where users can engage in real business like selling and buying of virtual land and other virtual assets. Below are the introductions to four of the most well known Web sites that provide virtual chat facilities. Let’s check them out!

Active Worlds

Active Worlds (AW) is a 3D virtual reality platform where you can log in with a unique name and avatar. You can create a unique name for yourself and also create an avatar by launching the free software that is provided on the homepage of the Web site. The log in page asks for your e-mail address, so you will at least need to provide that.

After you enter in your e-mail address, press OK. You will then go through the other steps of creating an avatar and an account.

After you finish creating your account and avatar, there are plenty of things to do in Active Worlds. You can build a house, a spaceship or virtually anything you can think of. Your capacity to build is limited only by your imagination. You can also go for other activities, such as playing games and creating unique avatars that reflect your personality.

There are over 1,000 unique virtual worlds in Active Worlds and you can roam in those worlds for free! Some worlds like Godzilla and The 13th Floor were specially designed for Centropolis Studios to promote their Blockbuster films, so that makes it even cooler!

You can also do real shopping in the 3D virtual world that resembles a real shopping mall. You can buy a lot of things for real in this shopping mall as well!

Outer Worlds

Like any other virtual 3D Web site, Outer Worlds offers free memberships and allows you to invite your friends and family from all over the world to join the forum. You need a special browser that is provided free of cost by the company to roam and chat in this special world. That can be downloaded when you click on the blue link on the Outer Worlds homepage.

Although this site provides all the features mentioned before, it also has a unique feature in that it has its own radio station for its members. How cool is that?!


Note: Before you go to this Web site, you need to disable the pop up blocker on your Web browser or this site will not work properly. If you’re using Internet Explorer, that is done by clicking on Tools, Internet Options and then click on the Privacy tab. The checkbox there should be unchecked for Turn on Pop Up Blocker. Of course, you can always enable it later.

Unlike other virtual 3D chat sites, to roam around in Xivio, you need Vio. Vio is the name given to virtual money in Xivio. But don’t worry! You don’t need to spend real money to get it. All you have to do is spend more time in the Xivio virtual world and you will keep getting more in your account. Also, with Xivio, you can share your favorite MP3 songs with all your friends!

3D Chat

Unlike other 3D chat programs, 3D Chat allows you to not only create your own virtual world, but it also lets you visualize complex contexts and order of events.

This virtual world software is designed to be platform independent and because of that, it supports most operating systems.

These are the top four virtual worlds where hours of fun communicating in 3D seamless environments are yours, all for free. Have fun with these!

~ Stephen Davies

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