|Coming into virtual reality cold, can be an overwhelming experience. For many people, the last they heard of VR was during the dot com boom of the mid 1990s. When it sank out of sight as the technology was not up to mainstream expectations, many ordinary folk assumed this field had dissipated altogether.
It has taken a decade past the bubble for the technologies to finally be ready for public limelight once again. This listing is for those of you who know very little about what has happened in VR outside the public eye, but truly desire to learn.
After all, it is hard to profit from an industry, if you do not know what has come before.
The Virtual Community
First published in 1994, The Virtual Community was a revolutionary book, which inspired so much of the VR and social networking growth of the 90s. Within these pages, now revised and updated for the modern situation, Howard explores every facet of online communities ranging from the WELL, that think-tank of innovation and invention, to the sphere of MUDs and MOOs.
My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World
My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a virtual world is a book with surprising depths. A book about events within a single virtual world, it is actually far more than that. Almost a reference book for the trials and perils that await you, once you embark on life within one.
Introduction to Virtual Reality
A slideshow presentation geared to introducing the concept of virtual reality, raise a lot of questions about how to do it, and at the same time, answer a great deal about the past.
Living through VR. Why?
Living life, or a sizeable portion thereof via the medium of virtual reality is a step an increasing number of people are taking. For some, the reasons for this are obvious. For others, they are not exactly obvious. This article is intended to cover a microcosm of the reasons a life lived in VR might be preferable to one lived outside VR.