Although they began as a form of entertainment, virtual worlds are increasingly attracting attention in educational and business circles. Individuals, universities and companies are looking to create their own virtual worlds. However, creating virtual worlds from scratch is very expensive. Fortunately, there is a growing number of tools available for virtual world creation. Each of them offers a different set of features for virtual world development, with different attractions to different potential developers. Finding the right one is tricky, however, because they’re not always easy to track down. This paper lists the main virtual world development platforms available, and briefly outlines their strengths and weaknesses.


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