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Posted: Mar 3rd 2010 11:09PM (Unverified) said

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You really calling them "refugees"?

Posted: Mar 3rd 2010 11:54PM (Unverified) said

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Sure. People seeking a new shelter/home.

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 12:58AM pconhandj said

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Alright so I had to try this out and I'm really not sure what this actually was ... besides the fact that it was bad ... very bad. Why would the creator think this would attract "There" users? Did you try this out Tateru?

Google Lively was a jewel compared to this and everybody involved with virtual worlds knew from the start that if Google didn't step it up it would never survive which is didn't. You can't even walk in this "thing" or am I missing something? When I tried to go to a club I suddenly ended up in a regular text only Meebo chat room and all I could say was ... WTF!

I guess the video on their site should have been my first clue as it shows ... nothing!

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 1:08AM (Unverified) said

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I have. I can't say whether Frenzoo would necessarily appeal to Thereians, but I think it's fairly nifty :)
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Posted: Mar 4th 2010 1:27AM pconhandj said

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I would classify this project under social networking as it truly isn't a virtual world. I was just stunned I couldn't even make my avi walk! BTW, you guys should review "Bobba Bar" which is a virtual world on the iPhone.

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 4:00AM (Unverified) said

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Hey Yo Brewster, I hate to be a biased opinion here but I have been apart of Frenzoo for about a year.

I think a few months ago, it could certainly be categorized as more of a social networking site. But recently there have been a lot of improvements, like adding 3D rooms.

Moving your avatar isn't done by keyboard. You actually have to hover over your room and find what they call hotspots.

Right now, clubs in Frenzoo are definitely a weaker point. They are more like chatrooms, not 3D chatroom. In the next few months, they should be updgrading that.

I run the community magazine there, and have personally interviewed the CEO about this.

Keep in mind that Frenzoo is a new site that is building up right now. I joined about a year ago because of the ability to easily create items. I was definitely not a virtual worlds user until Frenzoo. It's been exciting seeing the site grow, and I'm pretty sure it will continue to grow.

On the there.com issue, it's really sad. I hope those members can find a good place to reunite. It's a shame that they won't sell the site to keep it open.

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 5:54AM (Unverified) said

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Even with Miidasu commenting in favor of this site, it is obvious that this is just like IMVU was in other words, pretty bad.

Clicking on hot spots isn't moving, its changing your position.
People from There would not like to downgrade from a full 3d world, to a 3d room.
Until your character can actually freely move around the world, it would not be moving or walking.

It is a new community that is fine, but they should not try to trick There users that their community is similar, It is a cheap way to get more users..

To the there users i advise to at least sign up and get the bonus you would get, then leave and wait for a year then come back and hope it has become like a 3d habbo. At least this way you have gotten something for almost nothing. There is nothing to lose by signing up for the bonus, if in a year it becomes something more playable you would have gained something.

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 10:05AM atmablue said

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Has anyone heard of these games before??

Posted: Mar 4th 2010 10:12AM (Unverified) said

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We're not actually talking about games in this instance, Andy. We're talking about non-game virtual environments.
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Posted: Mar 4th 2010 10:33AM atmablue said

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Okay. Has anyone heard of these non-game virtual environments before? I guess their marketing isn't very good.
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Posted: Mar 4th 2010 10:37AM (Unverified) said

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Well, Frenzoo is still in beta and moving towards feature-completeness. As for There, it got quite a bit of media attention, particularly from 2003-2007.
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Posted: Mar 4th 2010 10:48AM (Unverified) said

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You know what else There had? in-game boomboxes that could dial into any internet radio station/stream. Anyone near the boombox could hear it (or mute it), so you could actually be listening to the same stuff at a party. Really added to the immersion that you were there (no pun intended).

I'm sure The Cape Radio would kill to have something like that in City of Heroes.

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 3:22AM (Unverified) said

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I have been with Frenzoo for about a year now and have been involved in all its 'ups & downs' as it has been building itself up in that time. I think Simon's offer to all the There.com members is very generous and once you get to know Simon and all the other Frenzoo Team you will see that they are a friendly and generous group of people who care about us and listen to our opinion as well.

So in the end it is really up to the members of There.com as to whether they will take up this offer or not . . . there is no pressure :D but if you don't take up this offer you will miss out on one of the best and safest sites around.

This is just my opnion . . . so peace & love to everyone.

Posted: Mar 8th 2010 3:23PM (Unverified) said

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Utherverse is offering a pretty awesome deal for Thereians as well, they built up a new world for them: www.therenewworld.com

Looks pretty good, alot have migrated over there already.

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