Over 20 million accounts, over 700,000 unique visitors monthly, and over 1800 sq. Website: Operated By: Makena (California) Built By: There Inc.Status: First opened 2003 to 2010, limited reopen 2011, officially reopened May 2012 Customization: Customizable avatars, Houses and Land via purchasable lots.Website: By: The Godrej Group (India) Built By: Sine Wave Company Based on the Unity Engine Status: Open Beta since 2010 Customization: Avatar customization User Created Content: No Notes: Primarily marketed to an Indian audience Website: Operated By: IMVU inc. Created By: Christopher Klause (founder of ISS) Status: Open Beta since 2007 Customization: Limited avatar customization. Website: Operated By: and others Built By: Open source development with major contributions by IBM, based on technology by Linden Labs Status: Project started in 2007 Customization: Completely customizable avatars, Host land at home or on a web server User Created Content: Textures, Animations, and Scripts instantly uploadable Notes: Open Simulator is a 3D Virtual World platform anyone can use to create a Second Life like virtual world.
It renders in 3D (ruling out the literally hundreds of 2D flash virtual worlds like Club Penguin and Gaia Online). It allows for multiple types of activities, primarily non-competitive social ones.
Do a little research before you actually join any of these games.
Operated By: Activeworlds Inc Built By: Activeworlds Inc Status: Developed 1994 Open since 1997 Customization: Land building is a primary activity. User Created Content: Yes Notes: Oldest still in existence. Website: Operated By: Cooee Gmb H (Germany) Built By: Cooee Gmb H Status: Open since January 2009 Customization: Avatar customization User Created Content: None Notes: Another 3D Chat Client designed primarily for teens Website: By: Virtual Encounters Inc. Status: Open since 2012 Customization: Limited avatar customization User Created Content: none Notes: Primary focus is on adult content and online sex. As far as I can tell it is not associated with VWW/Utherverse, but uses the same gaming engine and business model.
Seems a little dated today, but still has the best vehicles in the metaverse.
I covered this in more detail in "What is a Metaverse? There are also some new ones with potential, but not ready for prime time yet.
" Note: Just because it is listed here does not mean I endorse it. There are also some special interest worlds that should have appeal for some.