Wanna know more about Virtual Worlds?

The Association of Virtual Worlds has just released its new title The Blue Book: A Consumer Guide to Virtual Worlds listing over 250 virtual worlds and is pleased to offer it free to anyone who is interested in the rapidly growing field of virtual worlds.

“I am very excited by this new book from our publishing division,” says Edita Kaye, Founder of the Association of Virtual Worlds, “because it is a simple, one-stop resource for everyone from kids to corporations.”

The Blue Book contains over 250 virtual worlds. Each world is listed alphabetically and includes a web address and brief description. In addition each world is classified as to whether it is live or in development, whether it is appropriate for kids, tweens, teens, or adults; and type of virtual environment it is, for example, a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game), a social network, a mobile application or a custom world.

The Blue Book is as easy to use for newbies (newcomers) to virtual worlds as it is for pros and long time fans of virtual worlds, or even businesses and organization looking to explore the virtual market place.

“This book was designed to open up the metaverse and show you the exciting possibilities just a click away on your own computer,” adds Dave Elchoness, Executive Director. “You’ll find a wide variety of virtual spaces, environments, and playgrounds from the very sophisticated, to the quick and simple, just waiting for you to explore.”

Association of Virtual Worlds

Check out the Association of Virtual Worlds – it’s a social network for anyone who works within the Virtual Worlds field (or just appreciates it?).  I’ve not gotten a hold of the free book yet (will in a minute hopefully), but anything that lists & describes so many worlds has got to be a nice & handy toolbook, yeah?

Cheers, ya’ll.

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  1. April 26, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Hello and thank you very much for the kind words. I have long been a fan of your blog and an admirer of your expertise in this field. We have tried to make this first edition as complete as possible but there is always room for improvement–“it’s the biggest room in the house” according to a wise woman’s quote I once read. We would very much welcome your expert input and suggestions on how we can make The Blue Book better and better with each edition. Again, thank you. Edita

  2. mogwog
    April 26, 2008 at 2:15 am

    The Blue book is amazing with its listing of all the virtual worlds at your finger tips, This is a useful tool for any parent when looking for a quality game for their children and for them as well to check out.I have often been relying on you to keep me inform on new and up coming sites and this is just a added plus . You are and will always be my link to whats new and family friendly on the internet. Thanks for all you do. a true admirer, ( abet a loust typer) ..Mogwog

  3. April 28, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Izzy, I’m going to put a link to this download into my next newsletter — and credit you, of course. Thanks.

  4. May 2, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Izzy, I spoke about this great article of yours to some folks in the audience yesterday who were asking about same (Webkinz in particular!) when I was on the panel at the Preteen Alliance event. (I’ve forwarded the links on same, but would like to repost it on Shaping Youth for all of them to see in its entirety, with cross-posting rights and attribution of course!

    (ping me!) We need to formalize some content swaps…Best, Amy

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