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Links 1 through 6 of 6 by Ethan Zuckerman tagged metaverse

Fascinating article from a 3d virtual worlds pioneer arguing that much lighter-weight games have stolen some of the momentum for virtual worlds by appearing to be standalone places with an ongoing existence... even when they're not. A very interesting analysis of the ways psuedonymity, tie formation and the notion of independently existing place differ between Facebook games and virtual worlds... ending with a conclusion that momentum has shifted towards these simpler spaces. "For those of us who dream of a place we can’t possibly be, doing things we couldn’t do, as someone else, with friends… well, we’re a little bit out of luck. We’ll always have our Avalons and our Lost Worlds. They’re just not the future anymore."

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Wagner James Au respond to media critique of Second Life, arguing that it's not just furries and land scams. Good debunking of oversimplified critique of the space

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Critical look at Second Life in terms of how many unique users are actually encountering expensive corporate-built properties in virtual worlds. Includes some discussion of Electric Sheep, Millions of Us

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MacArthur foundation decides to explore philanthropy in virtual spaces, beginning with a $550,000 academic grant to research the field

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Excellent blog on metaverse, immersive web, etc.

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Jamais's thoughts prior to the Metaverse Roadmap conference. My main though - I need to spend a lot of time in Second Life next week before I fly west!

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