June 15th, 2007 by Benjamin Duranske
My wife and I are moving into our new house over the weekend. (Yes, for those keeping score at home, that’s two moves in five months. This is the last one for a long time though, and that’s a nice feeling.) Regular posting will resume next week.
In the meantime, I’ve got a question for VB readers: can you help me come up with a current list of virtual worlds? I’m going to do a series of posts over the next few months comparing Terms of Service. I want to include any place where user-created or manipulated content remains available to other users after individual users log off. So games count, if they match that criteria. By this criteria, World of Warcraft is barely on the list (I end up including it because of the guilds, but it’s a very close call), Ultima Online obviously goes on the list (because of the ability to own and customize property); and Second Life and There are clearly included.
I know there are probably a dozen more that have at least some popularity out there, but there are only so many hours in the day and I haven’t checked them all out. Help me out here, readers? Just drop a quick note in the comments or shoot me an email to tell me about any virtual world (or MMO game with virtual world attributes) that you know of. If you know of a semi-comprehensive list that someone else has compiled, that would be great too, though I haven’t found anything other than this, and it’s not clear to me what their criteria is (for example, I know the most popular kids site is Club Penguin, and that isn’t on there — maybe Club Penguin doesn’t have static content? Dunno. That’s the kind of question I’m hoping you can help me with).
See you all in a few days.
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