State of the Metaverse 2008

Gary Hayes of has produced an insightful short film entitled The ‘Social Virtual’ World’s A Stage. The film takes a look at over 50 virtual world systems that currently make up the Metaverse as we know it.

Its interesting to note that amongst the first person style words no one system stands out from the rest. Its been 10 years since we started work in the Metaverse and as we noted in our post Second Life/Web 2.0? Virtual Worlds Circa 1998 Is Where It Was At… not too much has changed in the last decade.

Gary’s film is embedded below:

It is also interesting to note that the term Metaverse is coming back into fashion. It become distinctly unfashionable to talk about the Metaverse after the first web bubble burst with the term being replaced by ‘Virtual Worlds’ or ‘Virtual Environments’.

Perhaps web based terms that come into and out of fashion is the subject for a future post – how many people have used the term ‘Cyberspace’ in recent articles or conversation (?) perhaps 1998 was where it was at after all…

Author Bio

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


  1. Anonymous - September 3, 2008

    Nicely done!

  2. Meaghan Fitzgerald - September 16, 2008

    I’ve worked with a ‘virtual worlds’ company and we thought our product was quite unique (in fact I still do πŸ˜‰ ) but seeing them all together like that… puts in perspective how the industry overall has a bit of a bottleneck effect in the evolution of the metaverse. Interesting film, interesting industry.

  3. Zdeto - September 21, 2008

    Very interesting movie. I didn’t knew there are so many virtual worlds!

    But I think Gary forgot about Entropia Universe… πŸ˜‰

  4. Anonymous - October 1, 2008

    Very Good. But what about Virtual Real Worlds from

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