Up to now, most massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) have been “walled gardens”, requiring an extensive client install. Metaplace, by contrast, is the most powerful open-standards, web-driven game platform ever made public: “A Web browser with virtual world capability.”
Metaplace platform aims to revolutionize the virtual worlds space with a platform that will provide an open, easy-to-use interface which will allow users to create virtual worlds that can run anywhere. Metaplace-created virtual worlds will allow user to play games, socialize, create content and conduct commerce. Metaplace-created virtual worlds can be embedded into external sites, including Facebook, MySpace or a blog.
Metaplace, a virtual world creation system created by Raph Koster,
the architect of Star Wars Galaxies MMO and the groundbreaking Ultima
Online-lets anyone make their own multiplayer games, link them and
share them -- has just launched, at . Metaplace runs in your browser,
which makes it simple to share objects, characters and entire worlds.
The renowned science-fiction author (Overclocked), Cory Doctorow describes it as "one of the coolest ideas for gamespace that I've ever heard of."
Raph Koster describes the uner-friendly world Metaplace as destroying the traditional walled garden: An MMO accessible through Flash apps, 3D clients, cellphones."
Posted by Casey Kazan.
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