Second Life/Web 2.0? Virtual Worlds in 1998 is Where It Was At…

By September 27, 2007 No Comments

Second Life, collaborative working, voice chat is so of the moment but it was also all the rage in 1998. This post takes a look back to the day when if we had money we would invested in virtual worlds. Hindsight is however a good thing as most of the worlds that showed potential in 1998 were lost when the web bubble burst, but if you think Web 2.0 is new we think its just picking up the ideas from a decade ago:

Second Life has just enabled voice chat within its virtual world browser, a system called Onlive which intergrated real-time voice-based vommunication in VRML (Virtual Reality Modelling Langauge) envionments. A screenshot of use using Onlive is picutred below, note the Netscape icon in the toolbar to age the image:


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.