A quick introduction:
3D chat: A comparison. Some of these 3D chat programs are relatively the same, but others are vastly different. Here's where each one is reviewed and compared to the others so you can make an informed decision on which you want to use. 3D chat is rather fun, especially when the program has a lot of stuff to do in it, and it's a lot more fun than regular text or IM (Instant Messenger) chat programs!
Why should you listen to me instead of some reviewer in a magazine, on a TV show, or from some other Web page?
Because I've been using 3D chat programs since 1994;
I use them every day, and for several hours each day;
I tend to be honest and I'm not being influenced by a sponsor to give a good review on a program;
I'm not the company that owns the program trying to convince you to try it;
When I discover that the business that runs the 3D chat program starts screwing over their users, or allows those they give power to do so, I tell you about it!
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What 3D chat is:
Many of these can be called free 3D chat programs, but if you use them for a free 3D chat, you don't get all the extras. Free chat programs or chat programs that you can use for free even when they're free 3D chat programs usually limit what you can do in them as an encouragement to get you to pay them money for more options, but you can still use the chat programs for free.
Okay, even though most people call them 3D chat programs, some of them are actually a type of plug-in for a Web browser.
What 3D chat is not:
3D chat is not on-line gaming. It's not an MMO, an MMOG, or an MMORPG. These are acronyms you'll find used when people are talking about on-line games, not 3D chat.
What's the difference between 3D chat and on-line gaming? It's simple, really. On-line gaming is what you have when you purchase a game (or download one for free) that you can play on-line with other players. 3D chat, however, isn't based on a game, even though you can play different kinds of games within the program. Instead, it's focused primarily upon chat. Then there's the other things you can do in 3D chat, like play games, music, build, watch live vidfeeds from all over the world (like in my world, This Is It), explore... well, the more the technology improves, the more you'll be able to do. :-)
3D chat is not VR:
3D chat is not VR (an acronym meaning Virtual Reality).
The definition of virtual reality is, according to the dictionary (Oxford Desk Dictionary if you're interested): "Generation by computer software of an image or environment that appears real to the senses."
That's "senses" plural, not one sense, like sight, singular. And, we don't even have a software program yet that looks real enough to make somebody think that it is. Some have come very close, but there's always problems making the movement of people and other things about it look real with better textures, frame rate, and the lowest possible lag. As for all the senses combined... It's going to be a while before we see something like that. They had things like that in the old TV series "Wild Palms" and "VR5", but even with those, it didn't look right.
So, 3D chat is not VR (Virtual Reality). Anybody who tells you it is is lying to you in order to hype something. Either that, or they're ignorant of the difference.
*Sighs* Who is responsible for humans being ignornant? Most people's favorite scapegoat is the school system, but I believe that it's more than that. Well, okay, school violence can be blamed for part of the reason why some students aren't getting an education because they're more focused on survival, but that doesn't excuse the combined ignorance and apathy which seems to have infected most humans. Curiosity about anything that's not directly associated with them or about something they want seems to be null.
Anyway, before I go off on yet another rant... This page and the following pages should help people decide on which 3D chat program they want to use. As you can tell, I spent some time on this, but I wanted to help out my friends (some of them were stuck using a crappy program), who needed to know what other 3D chat options they had. So, I helped them by creating this. :-)
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Reviews of 3D chat programs:
Please note: Due to events in OuterWorlds where I discovered that it's their official policy to punish not only those who interrupt games by verbally attacking others but also their victims who dare try to defend themselves, I have changed my mind about recommending them.
During one meeting, they had the guts to ask us for suggestions saying that "a solution should be worked out" then, after I mentioned that their policy was un-fair to the victims, I was told that we need to accept their policy and "get over it" and "I do not want to hear another word about that incident."
So, unless you are wanting to visit me in my 3D world This Is It, I am recommending WorldsPlayer, instead.
Please read the WorldsPlayer review to learn about the program and where you can get it. :-)
3D chat: WorldsPlayer / WorldsChat / Worlds.com.
3D chat: OuterWorlds.
3D chat: There.com.
3D chat: DreamlandPark.
The following programs / universes did not make the grade, or they are no longer avaliable for use. I am only including them in this list to give curious people the information on them in the hopes that they will avoid them.
3D chat: Peace City / Peace City 3D.
3D chat: ActiveWorlds.
3D chat: CyberNet Worlds.
3D chat: Cybertown.
3D chat: Cyboria.
3D chat: PlasticPlanet.
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