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free-virtual-worldsVirtual Worlds are computated replica’s of the real world. They’re extensive multi-user experiences, in which one can meet new people, or pursue forgotten dreams.

What’s so great about these Virtual Worlds, is that they allow people to get a taste of alternative realities.

People can put on other people’s skins; the shy clerk can become an impulsive casanova. The bad guys get a lick of benevolence, and vice versa. These virtual world systems can be immense multiplayer role playing games. Release yourselves on these other worlds, and play your part in the alternative realities.

Not that there aren’t any people who remain themselves in these games. Besides the role playing aspect, these virtual worlds make for great social grounds. Meet new people, or hold a rendez-vous of friends. Have fun in a blown-up instant messaging universe, with tons of social activities.

Today we’ll take a look at the different available virtual world systems. Some are very popular, others you might hear of for the first time. One of them should certainly fit you.

Second Life

Second Life is without any doubt the most wide-spread Virtual World, and chances you’ve heard from it are close to 1.

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It’s a huge free virtual experience, with tons of user-created worlds and environments. Go to the park, a pub, or even to a dancing on a colonised asteroid, the possibilities are endless.

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Last year, Tina also wrote a post on another side of Second Life, addressing the educational aspect and support groups. You can check it out here Second Life - What is the Hype? Second Life - What is the Hype? Read More .

Kaneva

Unlike Second Life, Kaneva has a more specific array of activities, primarily focussing on virtual shopping (for which you’ll need to spend real-life money, sadly) and entertainment. The game primarily covers dancings and other social meeting places.

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Kaneva also tries blending the real world in the game, by implementing picture albums and youtube videos. It’s not as big as Second Life, but still covers for a more than reasonable userbase, with over a million registered members and tons of communities.

There

There, your friends are here. A great virtual world to escape real life and chat real-time with friends from all over the world. The game has a great chat system, but also enables you to participate in other activities, like scavenger hunts, hoverboard racing, and island exploring.

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You can also put your own hand to There, by decorating your virtual home, or even designing new items.

And these are just some of the available online Virtual Worlds. There are tons of these, both realistic as absurd. A lot of them are alike for the biggest part, but there are small nuances that make the difference and determine their fan base.

Which do you like, and why? Tell us about it in the comments!

  1. Lilly2shoes
    February 8, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Girlsence.com is great also try it today it is free!!

  2. chantel
    January 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I'm having a problem. I'v never been able to enter Second Life.Every time while it's loading the world, it crashes. I'v tried to uninstall then reinstall but it still crashes. Does anyone have any answers?

  3. jessica
    August 29, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I can't wait for weopia.com !!!!

    Link: weopia.com

  4. gabby77777777
    August 7, 2009 at 8:44 am

    it locks fun

  5. ccaocao
    July 29, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Dun like virtual world, prefer real world and online games

  6. juicy mama**
    June 19, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    this game is so great i feel like im in the game seriously who ever is readinding this commet im asm telling the truth register now :]:}

  7. Crystal
    May 30, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Hi ppls!

  8. Jerica
    May 7, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I am a 2nd time member of SecondLife, and while it's a great place to socialize, it uses up most of my CPU, even while using GameBooster. (GameBooster stops unnecessary programs so you can use more CPU for a game).
    But i would definitely recommend it to any Virtual World seeker.

  9. chris
    May 7, 2009 at 5:18 am

    There.com is where its at, paintball, buggy, even dance the night away at a party, it has it all
    downsides are: no blood, pg 13 game
    but other then that... very addicting been on it 2+ yrs

  10. Chris Lyons
    May 6, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Also check out Whyville.net.

  11. Chris
    May 5, 2009 at 12:42 am

    The first 2 don't appeal to me because of the cost.

    I like the look of Look.com, I just tried registering and it says I've registered before, haha. I don't think I got round to actually trying it though. It's installing at the moment. Hover board sounds fun!

    Btw, you should include a link: http://www.there.com

  12. blutec
    May 4, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I'm in love with There.com, it took some time for me to get used to the cartoony features, but riding a hoverboard did the trick and I got hooked. The physics of the avatar are just wonderful!
    Within a few weeks I started decorating my own place, and enjoy meeting with friends from all over the world (I got to know in the late Uru Live MMO).
    It has a lot to offer for various kinds of ppl of all ages.

    I occasionally enter Second Life to meet with friends to visit their new builds or join to listen at a bookclub, but it is not a Virtual World I spend a lot of time in.

    Kaneva was a 1 time visit, didn't like it that much, the avatars looked creepy to me, and I didn't like the catching gold/money thing on the welcome walkway.

  13. PienaZupa
    May 4, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    You should've also mentioned Entropia Universe (previously Project Entropia) ;)

    • Simon Slangen
      May 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks for the tip, looks really on first glance.

      Check it out here.

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      • jared
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