Introduction to VirtualIntroduction to Virtual
Kathleen YavornKathleen Yavorn
ITEC 830 Spring 2009ITEC 830 Spring 2009
What is considered aWhat is considered a
Virtual World?Virtual World?
(¦v r·ch ·w l w rld)ə ə ə ′ ə(¦v r·ch ·w l w rld)ə ə ə ′ ə
(computer science) A navigable visual digital(computer science) A navigable visual digital
Sci-Tech DictionarySci-Tech Dictionary
Computer-based simulated environment intended forComputer-based simulated environment intended for
its users to inhabit and interact via avatars.its users to inhabit and interact via avatars.
The model world may simulate rules based on theThe model world may simulate rules based on the
real world or some hybrid fantasy world.real world or some hybrid fantasy world.
What is an Avatar?What is an Avatar?
Embodiment: a new
personification of a familiar idea;
"the embodiment of hope"; "the
incarnation of evil"; "the very
avatar of cunning"
the manifestation of a Hindu
deity (especially Vishnu) in
human or superhuman or
Where did the idea ofWhere did the idea of
Virtual World come from?Virtual World come from?
Cyberspace "a consensual hallucination
experienced daily by
It was actually in his
1982 short story
Burning Chrome in
Omni magazine, in
which he invents the
Meridian 59 was the first game to incorporate large numbers of players in
a single world, a persistent world, and many of the other identifying
elements of MMOGs (Massively MultiPlayer Online Game)
Virtual Worlds andVirtual Worlds and