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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.