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Posted 2007-02-13 by Tony Walsh
‘Tyra’s Virtual Studio’ Launched
Doppelganger, maker of teen hangout The Lounge, now brings us Tyra's Virtual Studio, another teen-oriented 3D space. Very little information about this latest venture is available via Doppleganger's official web sites, but Warner Bros' has a web page dedicated to Tyra's studio explaining that "You can hang out on the set of the TYRA Show, talk to her, producers, chat with other Tyra fans from around the world, and attend exclusive events like fierce runway challenges." Based on a quick snoop around the space's official forums, Tyra's Virtual Studio appears to be nothing more than a re-skin or minor expansion to Doppleganger's original Lounge. Csven of reBang writes "the PCD Lounge and Tyra’s Lounge look the same so why bother?" I concur.

Doppleganger has received $16M in financing since its launch last year, including a $5M round earlier this month. In my opinion, it's too early to say for certain whether or not the company intends on competing in the same arena as Teen Second Life, There, or Virtual Hills/Virtual Laguna Beach--but it does appear to be the well-funded direction Doppleganger is headed. I suppose I'll have to dive into Tyra's Virtual Studio for a tour.

Word at is that Tyra's Virtual Studio is "packed." With The Lounge, concurrent population capped out around 400 users (anyone know what today's maximum population caps out at?). Earlier this month, 3,450 users had signed up for Doppleganger's web-based Community page.
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