Beyond Second Life – Alternate worlds

Here is a list of various virtual worlds considered as possible work places…


First Life alternatives? From the festival website, “Last year the first Come Out & Play Festival turned New York City into a playground for a weekend”. The Come Out & Play Festival “seeks to provide a forum for new types of public games and play. We want to bring together a public eager to rediscover the world around them through play with designers interested in producing innovative new games and experiences.”

I found a link to Oz Spade’s Virtual World Comparison at the Second Life Education Wiki. Spade succintly compares 3 virtual worlds (Second Life, There and Active Worlds).

Here’s some more:
Cyworld – Originally a Korean social networking site, now with an American version. I found this in an article at where there is more information and some pictures. I’m not sure how ‘world-like’ Cyworld is, but figuring out what ‘world’ means in these contexts is not straightforward. Second Life is not a world in the same way that World of Warcraft is, for instance.
Habbo Hotel – Originally Hotelli Kultakala (Finnish for Hotel Goldfish), now a global chain. Here’s the Wikipedia entry.
Faketown – I only meant to find the link and instead I found myself window shopping for a Fake I.D.


Club Penguin is ‘a kid-friendly virtual world’ where you are invited to ‘waddle around and meet new friends’.


Sign up for the Beta test of Outback Online here. Outback is about (or will be about) imagining and creating ‘User Generated Places’.

Whyville is a world that supports an active community, and here is a publication about the social life and learning taking place there. Thanks to Ren for the hint and the links.