I’ve been spending way too much time in Second Life lately. It really hasn’t been too big of a deal because I mostly just open it at work and let it run in the background. I’m really trying to just help the people at Cambrian House get more visibility for their island called Battleaxe island. In second life the more people that remain in a place the more popular it gets. I’m just doing my part.
Well, it turns out that second life isn’t the only place where you can create virtual worlds. There is a project called Croquet that allows people to build virtual worlds. Here’s the description of the project from their website:
a new open source software platform for creating deeply collaborative multi-user online applications. It features a network architecture that supports communication, collaboration, resource sharing, and synchronous computation among multiple users. Using Croquet, software developers can create powerful and highly collaborative multi-user 2D and 3D applications and simulations.
I think it’s pretty neat that open source software is getting into every form of software imaginable. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future with these virtual worlds. I can see the day that these virtual worlds will be an important medium for advertising. It’s not there yet, but it could be one day. It will be fun to watch and be a part of.