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Definition of Virtual Worlds

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Presentation from a talk given in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Definition of Virtual Worlds

  1. 1. Definition and Taxonomy of Virtual Worlds Mark W. Bell Indiana University
  2. 2. <ul><li>Mark Bell </li></ul><ul><li>Research at Indiana University </li></ul><ul><li>Synthetic Worlds Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Author of Second Life For Dummies </li></ul>
  3. 3. Definition How we got here Current vision Future Taxonomy
  4. 4. <ul><li>A synchronous, persistent network of people, represented by avatars, facilitated by computers. </li></ul>A Virtual World is…
  5. 5. Uma rede sincronizada  e persistente de pessoas, representadas por avatares auxiliadas por computadores
  6. 6. <ul><li>A synchronous , persistent network of people, represented by avatars, facilitated by computers. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>A synchronous, persistent network of people , represented by avatars, facilitated by computers. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>A synchronous, persistent network of people, represented by avatars , facilitated by computers. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>A synchronous, persistent network of people, represented by avatars, facilitated by computers . </li></ul>
  10. 10. Robbins-Bell Facets <ul><li>Persistence </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-user </li></ul><ul><li>Avatars </li></ul><ul><li>Wide-Area Network </li></ul><ul><li>(Robbins-Bell, 2008) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Persistence: A VW can't be paused ; it exists whether you're logged in or not.
  12. 12. Multiuser: A world must be populated , or at least have the potential for population.
  13. 13. Avatars: Rather than an icon that represents a user, a virtual world allows us to create an agent that takes action , an avatar. 
  14. 14. Wide Area Network: VWs are facilitated via wide area networks rather than local ones.
  15. 15. New Technologies Bring New Network Structures Facilitating New Connections between people
  16. 16. Sender Message Receiver Channel
  17. 17. Printing Press Reader Author Book Printer
  18. 18. Telegraph Operator Sender Telegraph Telegraph Operator Receiver
  19. 19. Telephone Sender Network Telephone Receiver Telephone
  20. 20. Telex Sender Network Telex Receiver Telex Receiver Telex Receiver Telex
  21. 21. Radio Sender Network Receiver Radio Receiver Radio Receiver Radio
  22. 22. Television Sender Network Receiver TV Receiver TV Receiver TV
  23. 23. Fax Sender Network Fax Receiver Fax
  24. 24. Broadcast
  25. 25. Broadcast
  26. 26. Dialogic
  27. 27. Dialogic
  28. 28. The computer changed everything
  29. 29. Punch card
  30. 30. <ul><li>Connecting computers really connected people </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>People have been connecting a long time </li></ul>
  32. 32. &quot;Communications tools don't get socially interesting until they get technologically boring .&quot; - Clay Shirky
  33. 33. In the beginning, was text … <ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><li>USENET </li></ul><ul><li>The WELL </li></ul>
  34. 34. A Game on A Calculator ?
  35. 35. MUD-1 (1978)
  36. 36. OUBIETTE (1977) Avatar (1977) TinyMUD (1989) TinyMUCK (1990) TinyMUSH (1990) MOO (1990)
  37. 37. Habitat (1986)
  38. 38. The Palace (1994)
  39. 39. Dungeons & Dragons
  40. 40. NeverWinter Nights (1991)
  41. 41. Meridian 59 (1995)
  42. 42. Ultima Online (1997)
  43. 43. EverQuest (1999)
  44. 44. World Of Warcraft (2004)
  45. 45. Rise of social worlds Social worlds
  46. 46. Second Life (2003)
  47. 49. MMO player < 14
  48. 53. People + Methods of production and distribution + New methods of currency exchange = New Economies
  49. 54. Technology is bright and shiny
  50. 55. People are the brightest and shiniest
  51. 56. Uncanny Valley?
  52. 57. Fun
  53. 58. New Bodies
  54. 59. New Abilities
  55. 60. New Quest and Rewards
  56. 61. Taxonomy
  57. 62. Text
  58. 63. Graphics
  59. 65. Persistence
  60. 66. Stigmergic Communication through change in the environment
  61. 69. Homes
  62. 70. Business
  63. 71. Social Spaces
  64. 72. Virtual Worlds
  65. 73. Real Virtual
  66. 74. Real Virtual
  67. 75. Mark Bell [email_address] SL: Typewriter Tackleberry Facebook Twittter LinkedIn

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