Google Lively – did virtual worlds just become mainstream?

Second Life

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So I was wrong when I predicted, at the end of 2006, that Google would buy Second Life…. instead they’ve gone and created their own 3D virtual space called Lively.

As Mike Arrington says, this isn’t yet a competitor to Second Life but it’s not hard to imagine it passing the pioneering virtual world out within a few years. Now who’s going to buy Second Life? IBM?

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One Response to “Google Lively – did virtual worlds just become mainstream?”

  1. Chris Abraham Says:

    I checked out Lively and it could not be more like IRC with a very raw visual interface. This was all done in an experimental way back in 1994 — Gopher and IRC were being “skinned” to offer avatars and visual elements. I wonder how this is going to work — I think I would prefer to stick with IRC and IM for the moment — I will explore further, however, if I think about it…

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