World Review: Moove
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World Status: Operational
Moove is an interconnected virtual environment that makes no pretences about its purpose. It is designed for intimacy, romance and love. A community driven, grid computing, sprawling complex whose one goal is to foster friendships and lead to romantic engagements.
Even the very name of its client, roomancer is tied to that goal.
The technology of Moove is unique, if sometimes seeming a little bit slapdash. Roomancer is a combination virtual environment program and web browser, able to flit between the two functions at will, although sadly you cannot browse the web whilst the virtual environment is running.
When you first load up, it opens an orange, blue and green web browser, whose colour scheme may take you back a bit, but it does actually blend fairly well, if not recommended for a high-contrast monitor. In function, the browser is fairly similar to Internet Explorer, except that it is very cut down, having no plugins or support for such, which actually makes it a safer web browser than IE.
From within the browser window, the majority of Moove is a community website, containing details of all members, shopping options to buy new items for your own house, new clothing for your avatars, and events and competitions being held by the community. All in all, a standard community website. What makes Moove more than that, is the VR element.
The company behind Roomancer proclaim proudly on their site:
Every Computer is a House
In this world, every house is connected to the others
And so every house owner can visit other house owners directly, without having to rely on a server.
In other words, Moove is about as peer to peer as a file sharing system, with each client hosting their own world. You can connect to each other even if the central site goes down. All you require is a computer and a connection.
Worlds in Roomancer are small; in fact as the system suggests, they are just collections of rooms. Your world is the size of one house. A house you can make any size you like, with as many rooms as you like, and fill those rooms with as much furniture as you desire, changing wallpaper, mixing and matching pieces, rotating them to any angle, or even hovering them off the floor.
Create a love pad in one bedroom, a crocodile nest in another, play with antique furniture, elaborate cornices, create the home you have always desired ? then create your partner?s next door!
The interface is X3D based ? VRML ? and they have gone to great pains to make it quite enjoyable. The basic package gives you five rooms, a modicum of furniture, two avatars of each gender, and enough in-world money to buy several new faces, sets of clothes for your initially very nude and very correct avatars, and some extra furniture to pad things out.
Roomancer does regrettably feel a little stiff. Whilst you can have as many rooms as you desire, and even add outside areas ? which fade off into blackness ? you cannot just walk from one room to another. Instead, you walk into a door and are teleported into the room that door connects to. Whilst this does allow you to change your house on a whim, it makes it all feel very disconnected.
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.
Each user of Moove has their own house, including indoor and outdoor areas, of as many rooms and objects as their PC can hold. This creates a massive base for free expression, and an endless ? if eventually repetitive ? variety of micro-worlds to explore.
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.
Moove is a peer-to-peer system whereby individual users create their own little worlds and form social networks and intimate relationships through those. Therefore the world is all about community, with a list of online members available on the central website, the ability to visit any house that allows public visitors, and interact straight away. Client OS:Win 2K, Win 98, Win 2K, Win 2K
Client OS:Win 2K, Win 98, Win 2K, Win 2K