Useful article defining and explaining some terms related to online vistual worlds, including MMOPGG, avatar and metaverse. The author's introduction of the term "massively multilearner online learning environment" (MMOLE) is to my knowledge new and is used to introduce a virtual learning world (VLW - that's my term) called ProtoSphere. This product, so new it's not even located on the web, is apparently offered by a company called Proton media. See other reviews here and here. Meanwhile, for open source virtual worlds, you may want to look at Croquet (which, I was told last night, is pronounced "Crow - Ket" - one of those mispronunciations that make most English speakers wince).
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