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The metaverse pioneers and the colonization of OpenSimulator

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This article describes virtual worlds as exemplars of the virtual space and outlines the technical aspects of these spaces and their precursors. It describes the potential of an emergent economic space and considers the importance of the metaverse in social networking and future borderless collaborations. The aesthetics of the metaverse are described and where applicable related to real-world art practice, before outlining psychological and metaphysical questions, particularly the characteristic gestalt and phenomenological nature of the metaverse and areas for future research.
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Keywords: gestalt; immersion; machinima; metaverse; phenomenology; virtual art; virtual photography; virtual space

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Chambré Hardman Trust

Publication date: 2012-06-19

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  • In 2017 Metaverse Creativity is changing its name to Virtual Creativity, to reflect its content more accurately. Metaverse Creativity is a refereed journal focusing on the examination of creativity in user-defined online virtual worlds such as Second Life. While such creative activity includes artistic activity, this definition should in no way be limited to artistic output alone but should encompass the output of the various disciplines of design - such as fashion and object design, landscaping and virtual architecture - that are currently all amply manifest in Second Life.
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