Although media such as television, movies, YouTube and Facebook are trying mightily to catch up, virtual reality is still primarily a gaming thing. Let us take a look at some of the more popular virtual reality games out there (most tend to be involving sports, strategy/war, and role playing) , some are new while others are âtried and trueâ. In no particular order we have:
â¢ Red Light Center
â¢ Second Life
â¢ Empire of Sports
â¢ PlayStation 3 Home
Now a little bit of information about each of these gamesâ¦
Second Life: This one was invented by Linden Labs in 2003, and it allows you (the player) to visit a virtual world and interact with other people as a virtual person or avatar. If youâre a man you can be a woman and vice versa. Or you can be whatever form you want.
Red Light Center: Whoa this one is definitely not for the kids. This is a 3D adult world invented in 2006 by 2006 by Utherverse Inc. OK, Iâm going to move on to another one, letâs seeâ¦.
Kaneva: According to Wikipedia, Kaneva, LLC is a privately owned Atlanta-based company founded in 2004 by Christopher Klaus and Greg Frame. Kaneva is a 3D Virtual World that supports 2D web browsing, social networking and shared media. In 2004 the company worked with the Georgia Department of Economic Development to draft a new law that would promote video game development in Georgia. It passed in 2004. Whew! OK so this one isnât so adult-oriented. Hey, Iâm trying to keep it clean here!
PlayStation 3 Home: Released in December of 2008. As noted in a review by IGN, PlayStation 3 Home is âA massive world built into the PlayStation Network, Home is Sony Computer Entertainment’s virtual world for PlayStation gamers. With an avatar uniquely customized according to each user’s preference, users can explore the 3D community that is Home — a sleek, modern environment featuring spacious common areas, custom spaces dedicated to specific games, and personal apartments. Everything can be customized to your liking with items you collect or purchase.
Empire of Sports: As noted in Wikipedia, Empire of Sports is an online multiple-sport MMORPG developed by the French company F4, that advertises itself as the first ever of that style. It was first demo-ed at the Leipzig Games Convention in August 2007 and is currently in a so-called Prologue phase which objectives are similar to a beta testing. It’s downloadable and playable for free, although one can already spend money on the title. The release date hasn’t been confirmed yet.
We’ll look at some of the newer titles next.Â Happy gaming!