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Posted 2006-10-19 by Tony Walsh
Synthravels, a travel agency for touring virtual worlds, launched yesterday. The agency (based in real-world Milan) claims to be the first to offer "a complete escort service to those who wish to tour virtual worlds even without the necessary experience," and purports to offer both protection and guidance to tourists in locales such as online RPGs Guild Wars, Age of Conan, and Neocron. Virtual worlds up for exploration include Second Life and There. Synthtravels was conceived by Mario Gerosa and by Matteo Esposito. Gerosa is a travel journalist, video game researcher, and "has been organizing in-world meetings with famous Second Life residents for a project of the Indiana University."
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Comment posted by MattMihaly
October 19, 2006 @ 12:55 pm
Hiya Tony!

Are you saying you don't feel MMORPGs are virtual worlds? I ask because you made a distinction between 'virtual world' and 'online RPG'. I'd suggest that there are a lot of MMORPGs that are a lot more world-y than something like Second Life that is attempting, at least, to mainly just be an interface to to a "3d web."

Comment posted by Tony Walsh
October 19, 2006 @ 6:36 pm
MMORPGs can be virtual worlds. I feel that many, if not most, are. Any distinction made between virtual worlds and online RPGs is probably a minor one. I normally make the distinction that RPGs are a form of virtual world (but not every virtual world is an RPG). Probably the wording I used could have been more clear in that regard.
Comment posted by MattMihaly
October 19, 2006 @ 6:40 pm
I'm with you. MMORPGs are virtual worlds, but virtual worlds aren't necessarily MMORPGs. I was just asking because the wording made me wonder if you were trying to say something more than you appeared to be.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
October 19, 2006 @ 6:43 pm
Well, I do love subtext, but none was intended this time around :)
Comment posted by Akela Talamasca
October 23, 2006 @ 6:48 pm
Actually, it's 'Synthravels', without the second 'T'. I made the same mistake in my post last week on SLI. It seems like a no-brainer to make it 'Synthetic Travels', but who knows what they were thinking?
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
October 23, 2006 @ 11:02 pm
Thanks for the correction, Akela, I updated the post. That was a really easy typo to make, I suspect we won't be the last ones to do it :)
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