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Second Life Animatrix Style
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This single still is from the widescreen version of ?Program?, one of the Animatrix animated shorts. It has been considerably scaled back from the original material.

It is easy to see in this image, and most of this scene from Program, the influence of contemporary multi-user VRs such as ActiveWorlds or Second Life, as the camera control in the film tries to mimic them more or less exactly, behind, over and slightly to one side of the avatar that represents your physical body within the virtual, as a parody of third person view.

It also showcases, possibly coincidentally, just how close graphically we are, if a world designer sets their mind to it, to creating virtual environments that look and feel truly real, so long as they are not filled with clutter.

Link: Animatrix: Program