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Posted 2007-09-26 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
‘Endless Forest’ Gets Bigger, Smaller
The Endless Forest, a unique, open-ended virtual world where users become Stags has doubled the size of its lush woodland environment while reducing the file size of its client software. A new landscape has been added, featuring birch and sycamore trees, a playground, and a rock quarry. New users of The Endless Forest now begin the game as Fawns, added last year, and level up to take on the eerie Stag appearance the virtual world is best known for.

According to an emailed news bulletin, The Endless Forest has been downloaded 130,000 times and attracted 18,000 registrations since its first release two years ago, with up to 1,800 unique users monthly. Admirable stats for a virtual world constrained by nonverbal communication and devoid of explicit goals. Users make their own fun--something that appeals to a limited audience.
 
     
 
   
 
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