World Review: Planet Virtu
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World Status: Operational
Planet Virtu?l is an ActiveWorlds based environment. It runs off of what ActiveWorlds call a galaxy server. This means it consists of a single large virtual environment with its own, separate client, something highly unusual for the ActiveWorlds codebase.
Primarily a 3D modelling and 3D chat world, Planet Virtu?l feels like a peaceful hamlet from the outset. The land is in abundant supply, whilst the buildings cluster together around the community hub. A flat green plain stretches out in all directions, upon which all inhabitants are permitted to erect structures from a wide variety of objects available. The only requirement is a piece of open land to create your work upon.
Land is in abundant supply. Even at the central hub, a place called 'VooDoo City' where all new arrivals disembark, the buildings are low and humble with wide spaces between them. This does not feel like a cluttered metropolis, and there is no buzz of activity in the air.
Further out, inhabitants have built grander structures, but again, the space around them is open, abundant and available.
Most of the buildings are kept simple yet elegant, modelled to a high standard. The number of polygons is always kept to a minimum, which goes a long way towards explaining the predominance of single-storey buildings. In fact, things are so tightly optimised that it is possible to turn the viewable area settings up to a maximum of 200 metres in all directions, and still navigate new areas on a dial-up connection with no slow down.
The community is fairly tightly focussed, with the many wonderful builds kept current by an administration which prines the constructs of expired member accounts. Thus, prime land rarely becomes filled indefinitely, and the community hub is in a slow, yet constant state of flux.
Rarely are your attempts at construction marred by interruptions from other people, unless you deliberately seek them out. Most of the time you are left to create in peace, or analyse existing builds, pulling apart the simple scripting language used, to recreate the more interactive effects.
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.
Planet Virtu?l is just over 54 kilometres on a side. This gives it a total surface area of over 4.1 million square kilometres, most of which are wide open for content.
However, this is a very young world, and with the expanse of available space, as it expands there will be more and more to keep explorers busy.
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.
Planet Virtu?l?s social life comes in dribs and drabs. There seem to be set times of the day when most people log in, and suggests that the majority is from one geographic area. That said, the populace is largely welcoming and friendly, mostly accepting of differing customs and views.
Rating 55.5 / 100
Client OS:Win 2K, Win 98, Win 2K, Win 2K