In preparation for a group activity CarrieLynn Reinhard will be leading at the international workshop this June, we will begin online with a discussion about what is a virtual world. The purpose of this discussion is to understand how we make sense of the technologies we are studying under the aegis of “virtual worlds”– to map out the various perspectives people have on this field of research, what led them to have their perspectives, and how we communicate across gaps in perspectives. To participate in this online discussion, you do not have to be a participant of the international workshop – in fact, I encourage anyone who cannot be there to lend their thoughts here.
To participate in this online dialogue, you must answer the following three questions. You may write as little or as much as you like, over as many comments fields as you need to feel you have completed an answer. As a rule to structure the communicating, you may only respond to what someone else has said after you have answered these questions. Additionally, any indication or claim of defamatory rhetoric will result in your comments being removed from the discussion.
Your three questions are:
1) What definition of “virtual worlds” do you use?
2) How are the following similar/dissimilar to one another: virtual world, virtual environment, virtual reality and virtual community?
3) Consider the list of labels supplied below. Of all the labels, what do you consider to be the 7-10 (or more if you need to) main labels used to describe virtual worlds? What leads you to say this?
social virtual world
gaming virtual world
digital game, social game, casual game
Multi-User Object Oriented Domain/Dungeon (MOD)
Multi-User Dungeon/Domain (MUD)
Massive(ly) Multiplayer Online (MMO)
Massive(ly) Multiplayer Online Game(MMOG)
Massive(ly) Multiplayer Online Social Game (MMOSG)
Massive(ly) Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG)
Multi-User Virtual/Visual Environment (MUVE)
Social Virtual World Environment (SVWE)
Multi-User Simulated Environment (MUSE)
Collaborative Virtual Environment (CVE)
Immersive/Intelligent Virtual Environment (IVE)
Distributed Virtual Environment(DVE)