virtual worlds are as real as anything else


just a short continuation of yesterday’s post because your comments spurred me on to define, for myself, more clearly what virtual worlds are to me

virtual worlds are real and for our endeavor – they are a manner to illustrate science topics

teaching is often done with text books which are mostly text! *ooh, thanks for clearing that up” =p

for concepts needing deeper treatemnet than perhaps words can offer, there are often accompanying illustrations. more expensive textbooks can have photographs and some even come with multimedia material such as video

all of these ways to convey ideas are very real and are pretty effective in getting ideas across

virtual worlds offer another way to illustrate ideas and i think can do so in a cost effective, immersive, engaging, and accessible way

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written by Ener Hax

July 31st, 2011 at 11:45 am

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  1. Good thoughts, and I’d like to ask for a link here to your first post, please?


    31 Jul 11 at 12:03 pm


    VIrtual worlds are real because in the end the experiences you have are real, the people are real, and the emotions are real.

    I know there are times when Im feeling really stressed like I need an escape. Sometimes I’ll take that time to go to my sim and look up into the sky.

    Watching the clouds roll by, and the mist on the water.. That feeling is real to me. It’s like a place I’ve been before, recreated from memory, and something about that place is home.


    31 Jul 11 at 12:18 pm

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  4. When I think of virtual snow I always think of this video of the Realm of the Fae instance from Rift. They did a good job of creating a believable environment.


    31 Jul 11 at 1:38 pm

  5. in VR1, some people though we could be inside our virtual worlds, really inside. then came VR2 which said a screen could be a virtual world. now maybe VR3 with 3D.

    since 1991 when i became aware of people from different parts of the world could get connected any do some thing useful, i have imagined what VR could be. i even had for a few years VR dreams.

    i am too old now to do anything useful but i still think about VR and think what would happen in 100 yers, 1000 years, beyomd. will we have little world with their “toys” all in one little box. will the little box expand to a region, a world, a universe.

    it not my fantasy. it is ingrain in us. we will do it because we must.


    31 Jul 11 at 4:56 pm

  6. A picture can say a thousand words, a moving picture a thousand more. Then came virtual worlds and another huge leap in expression. Virtual worlds give me the chance to express myself in ways I can not in real life. I have grown with my virtual existence. I am more educated now. I think I have even found some of the real me too.


    1 Aug 11 at 5:15 am

  7. Tranquillity, your picture reminds me of the romantic movement in art including works of painters like Casper David Fredrich. I have been struggling for some time now to find the right words to express my own feelings about what it means to live a virtual life. Now Google is following in the wake of Facebook and killing off pseudonyms I feel a sence of urgency. Please may I use the picture on the link you gave for my up-coming blog article?


    1 Aug 11 at 7:20 am

  8. Sure Gaga. Feel free to use anything of mine off of twitpic


    1 Aug 11 at 9:03 am

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