December 09, 2008

I see no purple light crashing out of you

Writing about web page

Saw this:

Rather than using avatars, virtual London is turning to shards of coloured light.

“If you give people a physical presence in a world, you are asking them to make some very big statements on day one. I don’t really want to do that. I don’t really want to dress up to go to the shops.

“I want to feel I’m there, not that’s I’m creating an alternative persona to inhabit there,” said Mr Wrottesley.

Interesting — demonstrates perfectly the difference between presence and embodiment in virtual worlds – and also how wrong some people can get it. Yes – you have to make some very big statements (although you can change them later) that’s exactly what people want to do. There’s no point making a virtual London that lots of people can access at the same time, if you can’t meet other people there and represent yourself there. You might as well just have a large 3D model to look round.

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  1. Juliette Culver

    I have to confess that I find large 3D models fascinating. I remember getting The Getaway several years back just so I could drive around London. I feel like I can discover stuff about the real world that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to so easily. It’s like reading a biography rather than a novel. You don’t read novels because they’re creative and fictional per se, but only when they are well-written and say something worth saying.

    I think the other thing to bear in mind is that most people consume a lot before they start to produce. I suspect most people who blog have read other blogs for a while first for instance. I think it’s reasonable to expect the same in 3D worlds – people may want to get a feel for the territory before you decide how you want to represent yourself.

    10 Dec 2008, 12:49

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