WORLDS INC. LAUNCHES ALPHAWORLD AS FIRST
3D WEB-OF-WORLDS COMMUNITY
AlphaWorld combines 3D graphics, Internet chat and multi-user avatar
technology to empower virtual citizens in user-modifiable community
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., October 14, 1996 - Worlds Inc., the leader in Internet
virtual reality, today launched AlphaWorld, a user-modifiable 3D multi-user
community on the World Wide Web. AlphaWorld is the first community in the Web-
of-Worlds, a linked network of 3D virtual worlds that form a 3D World Wide Web,
and serves as the home world and jumping-off place to other Web-of-Worlds
communities. AlphaWorld is downloadable free of charge at www.worlds.net.
"AlphaWorld is all about exploring the third dimension. It's about building a
3D home on the Web, instead of merely a home page. It's about sight, sound,
sensory experience and interaction with interesting people online," said Rich
Abel, president and CEO of Worlds. "AlphaWorld thoroughly enhances the Web
experience by extending reality and eliminating cultural, economic, geographic
and time barriers enabling activities and experiences not possible in reality. "
Unlike the millions of static 2D Web sites that crowd the Internet, AlphaWorld
is a dynamic place where users can chat with other people, express their
personality and mood, stake a claim to build their dream home, take a walk, or
attend virtual events. AlphaWorld is the first 3D multi-user virtual world that
enables users to modify their environments, thus keeping the experience fresh
and new as the world evolves. AlphaWorld is also linked to the World Wide Web.
By clicking on URLs embedded in many objects in the world, users can access any
2D home pages and personal email addresses.
Since the beta launch last year, more than 100,000 people have taken up
citizenship in AlphaWorld. Citizens are represented in the virtual environment
by 3D avatars that are visible to other users. When a person "speaks," the text
is displayed in a box at the bottom of the screen. Users will soon be able to
speak to one another out loud using Worlds' newly licensed voice capabilities.
Citizens have claimed land and built thousands of virtual structures [ both
homes and businesses. AlphaWorld boasts its own newspaper, discussion groups,
and a wide array of user-generated content that continues to expand every day.
Because of this expanding universe, users have a different and unique experience
each time they enter AlphaWorld.
"Our users have been the key drivers of AlphaWorld's success," stated Abel.
"AlphaWorld is more than just an experientially rich 3D environment. It's a
community. It's a place where citizens can claim land, build homes and
businesses, and explore an ever-changing online environment with interesting and
AlphaWorld is an environment in which anyone can build using simple point-and-
click commands. Users can build their own dream home, complete with exotic
lighting, fireplaces, landscaping and more, all by manipulating an extensive
library of objects at their disposal. AlphaWorld also addresses the needs of
the business community, with electronic commerce, interactive marketing and a
whole new paradigm of strategic communications. AlphaWorld works on today's PCs
using today's modems, and is currently free.
AlphaWorld also serves as gateway to many more exciting 3D interactive
environments, all linked seamlessly together to form the Web-of-Worlds. A
virtual version of Yellowstone National Park, the University of Cincinnati's
online campus, and a taste of Scandinavian sights and culture in Arctic Light,
are all accessible through AlphaWorld. Currently, users can access 25 virtual
worlds in the Web-of-Worlds.
Citizens can also develop communities within AlphaWorld like Sherwood Forest, a
place where people with similar tastes and interests have set up an online
environment complete with its own code of conduct, cultural events, and even
regularly scheduled cocktail parties.
AlphaWorld was built using the new Active Worlds Development Kit and can be
accessed at the Worlds Inc. web site (www.worlds.net). Users first download the
Active Worlds browser, a component of the Active Worlds family, to view
AlphaWorld and other worlds in the Web-of-Worlds. They then register for
AlphaWorld, receive an immigration number, establish their user name and
download the software. There is no charge for individual citizenship in
About Worlds Inc.
Worlds Inc. is the leading provider of 3D virtual reality tools for the
Internet. The company offers a complete line of client, server and development
tools in a turnkey approach to create rich compelling 3D worlds online. It has
led the trend toward a new online paradigm of social computing and the Web of
Worlds through the development of its ground-breaking 3D multi-user
environments: Worlds Chat and AlphaWorld. Its custom production services have
led high-profile customers such as Visa, IBM, AT&T;, Nissho Iwai and Toppan
Printing, MGM, and the United States Information Agency to understand the value
of 3D virtual worlds. Additional information about Worlds Inc. is available on
the Internet at http://www.worlds.net or at 415-281-1300.
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