Virtual worlds. We have all journeyed to many of them over the course of our lives as video gamers. From the magical lands of Hyrule, all the way through the mean streets of Liberty City, we have traveled far and wide. But how about to the world outside our door?
A site called LivePlace.com
wants to make that a virtual reality on your computer. They're using a 3D engine called OTOY
that allows even underpowered computers, or possibly mobile phones, to display graphics comparable to those seen in Hollywood movies. OTOY has also been developed to work in any browser, with no plug-in needed. So it makes for very easy access to your virtual universe.
I'm not entirely sure what LivePlace.com's intentions are with this interesting project called City Space. A site called TechCrunch
found out the domain's owner is Brad Greenspan, one of the co-founders of MySpace. To me, LivePlace and MySpace have a similar ring to them. And if you watch the video (14 min. 19 sec.) you can see that he may be advancing some of the ideas behind MySpace into a whole new virtual realm.
If this sort of stuff bores you, my apologies. But I find the technology involved in this fascinating. I must admit to being a tech junkie, and when I find something like this it causes my mind to wander into all sorts of areas. The potential that City Space presents makes me wonder towards the future of this great pastime of ours. I just want to be along for wherever the ride may take us.
After watching this video I came away with dozens of ideas on how this technology could be utilized in video games. From simple things such as custom designing your own base of operations, to leaving video messages (Or taunts at your enemies.) to your comrades-in-arms. These ideas are just mere tips on the proverbial iceberg. I'd love to hear what Destructoid has to say.
20 minutes after TechCrunch spoke to Brad Greenspan, LivePlace.com was shut down.
to see how OTOY wants to eliminate the need for a PS3, Xbox 360, or a high-end PC. Interesting stuff if you ask me.