Here is another virtual world built on the Unity game platform. This one, a “game” called Cubelands is similar to the popular Minecraft, except it’s focus is building and it’s graphics are beautiful. With the inclusion of fog, “depth of field” (where visibility blurs at a distance), and superb shadows on the highest graphics settings, Cubelands is a visual delight even in its simplicity.
You can play Cubelands for free, or you can buy a premium membership. The basic free membership allows you to create words that are hosted by the Cubelands server. However, if you have the premium membership, you can make your own dedicated server including custom textures, like mine does.
Here is a video of worlds someone could build with a basic free membership. The majority of players have this free membership:
Premium memberships also allow you to customize your cubey avatar by applying a custom skin. Here is a shot of me in-world taken by an avatar called “sexy”.
FriendsHangout is a realtively new multiuser virtualworld 3D platform that uses the Unity engine. As a result, the graphics are really quite state of the art with realtime shadows, and exceptional shaders making water reflective and realistic.
I created this world to focus, very simply, on the luxury of water in FriendsHangout. Bath of Venus has been built by me in a number of 3d platforms as part of the Land of Whyst, but it certainly shines here.
You can visit this world in FriendsHangout by clicking this link. If you do not have the Unity3d plugin, you will be prompted for a download. I just love it that Unity runs in a web browser! I also love the fact that FriendsHangout has purchased a membership to ASCAP, which allows users to play a large body of music within their worlds. I was happy to find that some music by Lisa Gerrard was licensed through ASCAP, and this is the sultry piece you hear when your avatar enters Bath of Venus.
Oy, I have been lax. As you can see this post comes more than a year later than the last. But at least it’s still here to come back to!
I wanted to share with you some pictures of Whyst in the 3d platform IMVU. In fact, folks have been able to buy virtual items in IMVU to make their own Whystic worlds since 2006! Here are a just few of them that are currently for sale in my IMVU catalogue :
(note 2: All of these images are screenshots from within IMVU that have been post processed with words for promotion. They are not rendered in 3d modelling software)
Bath of Venus:
My castle building set – here is a video!
A bubble Machine!
A Whystic Library:
A set of building pieces for a luxurious Whystic water-province called Atlantea:
Palatial marble Salon w/ various Whystic Furniture:
A memorial to whomever you wish:
Some Whystic clothing for men:
And for women:
Maybe your Whystic Lands in IMVU have temporary visitors?
Or Maybe more permanent residents: