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Virtual worlds are growing fast.  In 2009, there were 136 million people active in virtual worlds.  That number is projected to grow to over 2 billion in 2014.  There are many different varieties of virtual worlds, from 2D and 3D worlds to user-generated content or professional content, from browser-based and download worlds to free or paid worlds, and from chat-based to more game-like massively multiplayer worlds.  With so many virtual worlds coming to the market, this website has been built to try and help you choose which one is right for you.  Our virtual world list is not complete, but it is a start.  We will do our best to update the list as we find new virtual worlds and have time.  Get those avatars ready to chat, dance and play games!

Top 5 Virtual Worlds
83% Onverse
Onverse is a fairly new virtual world. It really shined in the factors we were looking for most in virtual worlds. While it is a social virtual world, it is more game-like than most virtual worlds. You can run around and collect points for shopping to upgrade from a free apartment, dress your avatar, collect pets, and most of all, play games. The gaming angle is why we both really liked it and also think the future is bright for it. The community was outstanding as well.  There is still some work that needs to be done, but apparently this has been built by a very small team thus far, which again bodes well for the future of this product.
Company Onverse, LLC
Start Date 06/15/2009
Cost Free
Distribution Download
Website http://www.onverse.com

81% Habbo Hotel
Habbo is one of the oldest worlds out there, and thus has a lot of things to do. The graphics are probably the biggest downside to Habbo, but most web-based worlds fall into this catagory due to the inability of browsers to handle complex 3D rendering. There were plenty of fun games and activities for us to take part in. The community was good and communication was easy. Grab a free Guest Room and decorate with "furni", or head out to Public Rooms to meet people and hang out.
Company Sulake Corporation
Start Date 08/2000
Cost Free
Distribution Web
Website http://www.habbo.com

78% There
There is a fun place. It has a lot of the things we value highly in our ratings system. Tons of areas, customizations galore, and even some humorous situations to boot. The biggest downside we found were the load times. Sure you get into areas fairly quickly, but because everything is loaded as you go, it sometimes took as long as 10 minutes to load the objects around us, leading to some moments when we didn't know why we couldn't move, but came to find out that we were inside a building that just hadn't loaded yet. All in all, the ratings were high though and we had a lot of fun.
Company Makena Technologies
Start Date 10/2003
Cost Free
Distribution Download
Website http://www.there.com

75% Free Realms
Free Realms is a beautiful world with a lot of activities, customizations, you name it!  The problem we found is that it really doesn't feel like a virtual world, it feels more like an MMORPG.  They call themselves a virtual world, however, and because we really like the game-side of virtual worlds, they scored very high in most catagories.  There are usually a lot of people playing, so we found the community to be helpful, another high score.
Company Sony Online Entertainment
Start Date 04/29./2009
Cost Free
Distribution Download
Website http://www.freerealms.com

74% Second Life
Second Life is the poster child for the first thing people think of when someone says "virtual world." While it is a wonderful concept and the possibilities are endless, our review board tends to like things more focused towards fun things to do. Second Life is just a little overwhelming for someone who just wants to have a laugh and is more intended as a tool for creation, rather than just being able to hop in and have fun. We have to hand them a top 5 though as if it weren't for SL, most of the others wouldn't have been built. Careful, as many areas are very adult-themed.
Company Linden Lab
Start Date 06/23/2003
Cost Free
Distribution Download
Website http://www.secondlife.com

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