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Virtual world designer Metaplace to shutter

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.

By December 21, 2009


Metaplace virtual worlds now blog-embeddable

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.

By June 30, 2009


Metaplace: Platform for user-created virtual worlds

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.

By February 25, 2009


Metaplace secures funding for its virtual world

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?

By October 22, 2008


Why Zynga ticks off the games industry

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.

By April 12, 2010


Metaplace brings user-generated virtual worlds to the browser

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.

By September 22, 2007


Report: Andreessen launches VC fund

Serial entrepreneur and investor Marc Andreessen has launched a venture fund with former Opsware executive Ben Horowitz, according to a report in peHUB.

By February 20, 2009


Enabling interaction between 2D and 3D games

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.

By February 4, 2009


Three Rings officially launches 'Whirled'

Platform for Flash-based multiplayer casual games gives individual developers a way to make money with their creations.

By November 10, 2008


Areae's Raph Koster: Virtual world cash to go to entertainment

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.

By February 15, 2008