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Melanie Swan

Sounds like an amazing conference. Its great to see virtual worlds advancing so quickly and in so many areas!


This summer has brought me some very exciting and enjoyable experiences in real and virtual worlds. Lately I've been exploring the contrast these two different worlds. Running into old friends for a summer evening at the beach and stumbling into an impromptu group solving a puzzle in Uru Live can both be fun and rewarding.

I give the real world the upper hand much of the time because of its added sensory inputs (touch, warmth, smell). But virtual worlds have their strength in the relative ease of gathering and the possibility for more surreal and larger-scale activities.

I wonder how the physical location in Bloomington influences the virtual locations discussed at the conference. How can each realm build upon--instead of detract from--the other?

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