Otherland – The Game!

February 1, 2010 at 6:41 pm (computers, internet) (, , , )

Largely old news to most followers of such things, but news to me.  I am now on the last of 4 books in Tad Williams’ Otherland series, set in a not too distant future, where people can plug themselves (neurally) into the 3D Internet of the future.

These books are an excuse for Tad Williams to spin a complex plot involving digital recreations of Ancient Troy, World War 2, the Wizard of Oz, Ancient Egypt and many more scenes from past and future, alongside a range of fantasy worlds from his imagination.

If you are interested in knowing more, then wikipedia will help, as will the author’s own website about the books.

Anyway, there has been an online MMO game in development for a while, and they are starting to slowly release details of it.  Starting with some pictures, you can find out more at www.otherland-game.com.

There is certainly no shortage of material for a game … will be interesting to see how it all turns out.


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3D Internet Shopping

October 7, 2009 at 9:52 pm (computers, internet) (, , , , , , , , )

I’ve mentioned the 3D virtual side of the Lego shop before.  Well some people will tell you that the future of the Internet lies with 3D.  Forget Web 2.0, go Web 3D!

Well Lenovo, the PC manufacturer who took over the IBM laptop business, have created a 3D virtual shop where you can ‘go in’ and browse their laptop range, walk up to and communicate with sales assistents, take a friend in with you, and so on.  All you need to do is go to their ‘elounge’ website, download a plug-in, learn a few basic commands and off you go.

There are a number of people I’ve spoken to that say they would never use such a system, but my view is that if the whole idea of 3D virtual worlds loses some of its clunkiness, and sites like Amazon or Ebay were just using the technology, then people would just use it, just because that’s the way things are.

People didn’t conciously choose to use the web to get to Amazon or Ebay, these companies just used the default technology available, and made it as painless as possible for consumers to use the sites.  If they decided that 3D virtual worlds was the way to go, because it was a differentiator, enabled more sales or for whatever other reason, and the technology was mature enough to enable them to make it painless for consumers, then people would probably just get in and use it.  I am always amazed at how popular the cartoony virtual world games, like YoVille and FarmVille, are on Facebook.

The issue right now as I see things, is that the technology isn’t quite there yet.  Well, maybe experiments like the Lenovo eLounge are starting to lay the groundwork for the tech to catch up.


Lenovo.com eLounge

Lenovo.com eLounge

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