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Saying it hasn't been able to gain traction as a consumer user-generated content service, Raph Koster's leading game design company is shutting down.
The people behind the online role-playing "universe" are hoping to increase user engagement by enabling people to embed user-created virtual words in their blogs.
Backed by virtual-world expert Raph Koster, Metaplace makes it easy for anyone to build their own Web-based virtual space. Get an invite here to the closed beta.
The build-your-own-virtual-world start-up raised $6.7 million in funding to expand its operation. But will it be able to succeed where Second Life and others couldn't?
It's not the most innovative name but the concept may be revolutionary. Metaplace, a virtual community that is currently being tested for launch in spring 2008, was one of the most talked about start-ups at the TechCrunch40 Conference.
The young company has scored big with Farmville and other Facebook hits. Gaming pros, though, see lots they don't like, and they're not afraid to say so.
Serial entrepreneur and investor Marc Andreessen has launched a venture fund with former Opsware executive Ben Horowitz, according to a report in peHUB.
New technology from a virtual worlds platform developer will ultimately make it possible for developers to put out both Flash and 3D versions of a game and let players interact between the two.
Platform for Flash-based multiplayer casual games gives individual developers a way to make money with their creations.
The Areae co-founder suggests that the immediate future of virtual worlds is an endless flow of kids' digital environments and that the "dreams of the metaverse" isn't coming anytime soon.