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Posted: Jan 22nd 2009 7:00PM (Unverified) said

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No. Randy Farmer and Chip Morningstar created the first graphical avatar-based virtual world (ie Habitat). Richard Bartle and Roy Trubshaw created the first avatar-based virtual world with MUD, in 1979.

Posted: Jan 22nd 2009 7:15PM BIGGIN said

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Woah! There's a trip down memory lane. I remember reading about this in a Commodore centric magazine back about that time. I had forgot the name, but I remember the look of it from pictures in the article. I was always fascinated by it, but never saw any other information about it.

Posted: Jan 23rd 2009 12:54PM (Unverified) said

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Matt, while it is true that the word 'avatar' in computer terms can refer to something as basic as a text construct by some definitons, the widely accepted definition - and the sense in which I believe it has been used in this article - is a graphical representation.

Posted: Jan 23rd 2009 2:42PM pcgneurotic said

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Heh, still got my C64 in a box up in the aattic, along with the 2600 the NES and a couple of Amigas. Gold, baby, pure gold!

Posted: Jan 23rd 2009 6:45PM Mr A said

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I loved the Commodore 64, and I still do.

Posted: Jan 28th 2009 1:40PM (Unverified) said

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For the record, that excerpt leaves out that Habitat did ship, though initially stripped down, under the name QLink's Club Caribe. It was amazingly successful.

You can read up on it at http:://habitatchronicles.com


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