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VWN World Review: Dreamland Park
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World Review: Dreamland Park
Main Review

Compatible with Operating Systems:
Win 98se Win 2K Win XP

World Status: Operational


World Purpose: Social

Age Suitability: Anyone


World-Type

Dreamland Park is a collection of virtual environments under a single banner. Based off of the ActiveWorlds codebase, it houses a collection of nearly a hundred virtual environments owned by various members, and built on a great number of differing themes.

Dreamland Park (or DLP) is a social landscape. No gameworlds were found when exploring their offerings, but that does not mean they could not be created. Instead, it consists of a succession of built landscapes; some eerie, some joyful.


The World in Brief

DLP's entrance world is called Portal. It is the first impression you receive when entering, and it certainly sets the tone. Predominating in grey and brown, sometimes it greets you with a brilliantly lit starry sky, whist at others you find grey, gloomy overhanging clouds. Steep, rocky mountains, barren earthy canyons, and stark steel girder constructions dominate the world. No evidence of wild plant, or animal life exists, with the only signs of life being potted plants within the buildings.

You arrive in a canyon, where there is a volunteer greeter to make you feel at home, answering any questions you might have. This person has powers to eject you from DLP if you decide to be a troublemaker, and maintains order within Portal. Around you, there is a wide-open space to chat and interact with boards all around, informing you of community events, and the latest news.

Further down the path, you are confronted by the sharp, menacing gaze of a steel watchtower, straight out of WW2. To your left, a German light tank points its muzzle at you, whilst a pillbox on the hillside brooks no argument in case you were not intimidated enough. To your right, is the welcome centre, its long, low, heavily reinforced steel bunker construction giving no hint to the cosy atmosphere you will find inside.


 

Sub Reviews

Here at Virtual Worldlets, we look at all worlds, whether for entertainment, training, medicare, industry or military use. Thus, we have the situation where different uses judge by different criteria. Below are a series of sub-reviews, each tailored to a different aspect of the world.

Explorers
For some, its the thrill of discovery, the freedom to strike out, to pioneer. Whether its mapping new lands, or exploring unknown fields of endeavour, to be first, to boldly go, this is what explorers live for.

With a little less than a hundred worlds, some owned by DLP itself, others owned by those who have paid for membership of DLP, and with sizes ranging from just 160 square metres, to tens of square kilometres, DLP has enough content to keep any explorer happy for weeks.

Because it is based on ActiveWorlds, Dreamland Park allows its members to upload just about any model they can create in almost any modelling package, giving infinite variety to the kinds of things you could find.


 

Socialisers
The social life is the life for you. To chat, to roam, to gossip all day, and chatter all night. You are the heart of the party, and you are the soul. The drive to chatter, the need to gossip, stretching out, making connections, mind against mind, heart against heart. It keeps you going, it keeps you sane.

First and foremost, DLP is a two-language environment. Based in Germany, it utilises both German and English, with the two languages used interchangeably by many of the residents.

Dreamland Park has a small community. During the course of this review, no more than seventeen people were observed online at once, clustered in a small number of the worlds, including Portal. Because of this small size, the community spirit really shows through. The general feeling is open and welcoming, with many of the bilingual residents happy to translate for those who only speak one language.

Whilst ActiveWorlds does have a VoIP module available, DLP does not have this installed, so chat remains textual only. As always, this is more of a blessing than a curse. Especially when you consider the bilingual nature of the worlds system.

 

 

Overall
A gem of a social system, tucked away, out of the mainstream, DLP offers a little slice of cyber-utopia for a small number of friendly people, outside the usual realms of 3D chat.

Not a place to visit if you are looking for the next big leap forwards, but a pleasant rural community, happily nestled between the big guns, and a good place to relax.

 

Rating 70.5 / 100
Newbie Friendliness
11.0
/ 15
Community Values
9.0
/ 15
Believability
12.0
/ 15
Immersion
12.0
/ 15
Administration
7.5
/ 10
Automated help
5.0
/ 10
Code Integrity
9.0
/ 10
Entertainment
5.0
/ 10

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