Build Your Personal 'Second Life'

Metaplace wants to let users create and host their own virtual worlds
By Laila Weir,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2008 3:59 PM CST
Build Your Personal 'Second Life'
A screen shot of Stroker Serpentine, the "Second Life" avatar of Kevin Alderman, is shown on his computer in Lutz, Fla., on July 12, 2007. Alderman is involved in a groundbreaking lawsuit to stop others in the popular online world from copying and selling the code that allows characters to simulate...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Ever dream of creating your own virtual world, a la Second Life or World of Warcraft? Soon you’ll be able to, thanks to Metaplace, a company that lets users host virtual worlds online, building them the same way they’d create other Internet content, reports Technology Review. Using a Flash client, creators can embed their worlds anywhere from a social networking profile to a blog.

  "We think virtual worlds are just a new medium," says the company’s president. "Like pictures, audio, and video--virtual worlds are eventually going to start being ubiquitous on all sorts of Web pages." It will be possible to build a basic world within five minutes, he said. Metaplace’s system has been released to a small group of beta testers and will be more widely released in April. (Read more virtual worlds stories.)

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