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AWGate 5.0: Enzo Loves You
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ActiveWorlds Gate 5.0 launched on November the 26th 2009, in readiness for the launch of ActiveWorlds 5.0 on December the 1st 2009. Here we see the view of the main concourse when you have come into the world for the first time, stepped across the concourse, and now stand in the middle of the world with the globe spinning lazily above you.

This is one of the more disturbing images. For, there are eight rooms off of the main concourse, most of which detailing expansion possibilities and newcomer help for ActiveWorlds. Given persistent losses in the userbase, and various political tensions between the users and developers, it seems that there was not enough content to fill all eight rooms, and two of the ones greeting you initially are empty.

Placeholder signs above the doors are creepy, at best. One, 'Behave', is fairly self explanatory; a warning to the users, both young and old alike, to be on their best behaviour in the company's presence. The second, 'Enzo Loves You', is mildly disturbing. Enzo is the username for the CEO of ActiveWorlds, Rick Knoll. Quite why he feels the need to profess his love to an ever-shrinking userbase, as a means of enticing more people in, is distinctly unclear.

Enzo himself rarely graces the userbase with his presence in the VR, having many more important things to do with his time. Still, perhaps this is meant as an apology, and a gesture of affection from a CEO who consistently, year on year, has allowed his platform to fall behind it's competitors, to the point where the userbase has dropped by two orders of magnitude in three years.

Link: World Review: ActiveWorlds Gate 5.0