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MUDs grow up: social virtual reality in the real world

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2 Author(s)
P. Curtis ; Xerox Palo Alto Res. Center, CA, USA ; D. A. Nichols

MUDs, or "multi-user dungeons", are multi-user, text-based, networked computing environments that are currently used mostly for gaming. Despite the obvious shortcomings of a text-only system, they are quite popular. The Social Virtual Reality project at Xerox PARC is extending MUD technology for use in non-recreational settings. Our goal is to keep the strength of MUDs/spl minus/shared computing with a powerful real-world metaphor/spl minus/while correcting their shortcomings by adding audio, video, and interactive windows. We are building two specific prototypes: Astro-VR, for use by the professional astronomy community, and Jupiter, for use by researchers within Xerox.<>

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Compcon Spring '94, Digest of Papers.

Date of Conference:

Feb. 28 1994-March 4 1994