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My Top 4 Online Virtual World Games

Updated on July 12, 2013
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Virtual World Intro

Today's technology is ever advancing and is allowing us to experience new entertainment without leaving our house. One of these forms of entertainment in online gaming. This can be done from any platform, for the most part, from your Xbox 360 or Xbox One, PS3 or PS4, Wii or Wii U, computer, tablets, and even smart phones.

The one thing that makes these virtual worlds so important, to me, is it now gives the terminally ill or bedridden people something to do to be able to keep in touch with the outside world and get away from the illnesses that have burdened them and forced them to be where they are at. I have met a numerous amount of people who have been in this situation and I think it is something wonderful.

These virtual worlds that I am about to discuss are played mainly on the computer and are judged based on my own personal experiences with them. I have played a lot more but only prefer to mention these few because the others I have played have not left an impression on me enough to mention them.

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4. Red Light Center

Red Light Center is a graphically low, strictly adult virtual world game. It allows you to make an avatar and either sell "certain" activities or participate in "certain" activities. You can also explore different places and meet people just to chat but for the most part it is strictly geared toward adults. You do happen to have the opportunity to earn money in a couple ways like getting a job or selling services. It isn't a terrible game if you are into "certain things". However, the reason it is number four in my list is because of the play and graphics. I went to school for my bachelors in game art and design and saw better graphics made by newly taught people than I did with this game. There is a lot of learning that you have to do in order to even get around this game or own an apartment which makes things very difficult. So, in other words, if I was asked to recommend this game, I could not. That is just my opinion, you are more than welcome to try it out for yourself and maybe you may think differently.

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3. IMVU

IMVU is interesting. Graphics still aren't that great but it isn't just for adults. Their chat rooms are actually rooms you go to and you can dance and talk with people and such. You can buy things with credits you can earn or buy and when you first start IMVU you get a free place to call your home with no premium account needed. It is nice if you just want to talk to people and hang out because you are bored. You can also customize your avatar to make them look like how you want them to look. There are some things you have to learn in order to use IMVU but it is not nearly as bad as what you would have to learn with other virtual worlds. If your birthday makes you older than 18 you automatically get suggestions for things 18+ which is nice because it takes away the off chance that you might run into someone a lot younger than you want to talk to. IMVU rates 3 on my list of 4 strictly for graphics and how simple it is.

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2. Entropia Universe

Entropia Universe take a lot to learn, and I mean a lot. You have to memorize hot keys and learn how to do things like hunt, construct, talk to different groups, sell your items, buy items using the trade terminals, and buying items from the auctioneers. However, being able to do those things makes this number two on my list. This game has awesome graphics if you have a computer that allows you to set your graphics appropriately. If you have a great computer then you have the capability to adjust your settings to have great graphics.

Now, you have many options to make real life money in this game. You can hunt and get different things to make equipment or you can sell it to others or your can sell it to the trade terminal.

You could also transport people from place to place or even planet to planet. Yes that's right, you can fly your spacecraft literally from planet to planet and charge people to take them with you. The only down side to that is that going from one place to another takes forever unless the places are close to each other. Although, you can make a warp speed item for your spacecraft so that you can get to different planets faster. also you have different ways you can travel like with a plane, helicopter, car, or any other types of vehicles.

Mind you, when you are in space with no warp speed attached to your craft you have to watch out for space pirates. They can blow you up and take almost everything you have. If you don't have guns for your craft or warp speed it is best to leave your items in the planets storage that you are about to leave.

The things you can hunt are all alien animals and some of them resemble dinosaurs. You can also hunt against other humans if you are in a PVP (Player vs. Player) zone. You can also hunt in groups with other people or with your friends.

There is a lot of learning you have to do but in my opinion it is worth it. You could easily get addicted to this game if you know what you are doing.

Meeting new people is fun too because you can chat with them and hunt with them.

But depending on the amount of their money you have from earning it, you can change it to your currency and have it deposited into your real life bank account.

This virtual world is rated number 2 on my list for good reason. I play it just as much as I play number one.

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1. Second Life

This virtual world game is one of my favorites for many reasons. These reasons include, graphics, land ownership, ability to make real life money, places you can explore, customization's you can make to your entire world, things you can be, things you can do, and building.

Like with Entropia Universe, if you have an awesome computer you can adjust your settings to have an awesome experience graphically. You also have the option to try different viewers that are supported by this virtual world. For example Second Life has their own viewers for Mac and PC as well as their beta viewer, but you can also download the Firestorm viewer which gives you different options than Second Life's viewer, you could also try Niran's Viewer which give you optimal settings for your computer as well as a lot more options for customizing your view. It all depends on your computer and how much it can handle.

In Second Life you can also own or rent different sized lands. So, if you wanted to make a life size amusement park you could go with a full permission homestead or buy a land from Lined Lab themselves (Linden Lab are the creators of Second Life). Let's say you wanted to just own a small house, you can rent a smaller piece of land. Or even if you wanted to make a role playing simulation like WoW or Bloodlines you can rent or buy a large area to do so. Your options are just about limitless. However, what you have to keep in mind is depending on the size land you want to obtain there is only a limited amount of objects you can set down. For example: with a full region, which is 64,000 square meters, you get 15,000 primitives which means 15,000 objects can be on that land (It is hard to actually use that much), but if you get a smaller piece of land like one that is only 16,000 square meters you only get about 3,000 primitives which means you can only lay down 3,000 objects on that land. So keep that in mind if you decide you want to try Second Life out.

With Second Life you have every opportunity to make real life money. You can do this by selling a vendors items in a store that you are renting, building you own or making your own items and opening your own store on the marketplace. Or selling your own items in world. If you get a premium account ( they have different packages you can choose what fits you better) then Lined Lab gives a small amount of their currency (which are called Lindens) every week and you get a small piece of land on the mainland. But what getting a premium account does is it allows you to upload mesh objects in world and sell them and it gives you a lot of other perks like Second Life had their 10 year birthday and all premium account member got a free avatar to use. They are nice little perks to get. But back to making real life money, you can also own a club and have donation boxes and such so that if a person likes your club they can donate some lindens to you. You can also offer services like photography or "other services" to make more. You can even go play in casinos and win linden that way. Once you have built up enough lindens you can change them to your currency and deposit them into your bank account. The average exchange rate right now for lindens to American dollars is 5,000 lindens to $20.55. The exchange rate changes often so it might change tomorrow, anyhow, if you got 5,000 lindens then you have about $20 you can put into your account if you don't want to use it in world or in the marketplace.

There are a lot of people all over the world that play Second Life with this comes different areas you can go to. Say you have never been to Ireland and you wanted to go see it, or you want to see the Eiffel tower, you can! People from those countries have made those landmarks and much much more. You can experience memorials or practically anything. Say you wanted to go to a fairy land somewhere, you can do that too.

Having the opportunity to see different places leads me into my next topic. Ever wondered what it would be like to be so tiny that you can sit in the palm of someones hand? Ever wanted to know what it was like to be an animal, or robot? Well with Second Life you can be anything you want, from a tiny little person that can fit in the palm of someones hand to a robot...to anything!

With Second Life the world is yours and you are only limited to what your imagination can think of and that is why I have chosen Second Life as my number one online virtual game.

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Great virtual worlds I've played all but red light center

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