19 June 2009

Nurien Social Networking set to blow Second Life out of the water?

Nurien has announced plans for a brand new high-definition graphics Social Networking service. For those in the know it uses CUDA and PhysX from NVIDIA, which means fantastically realistic movement from photo-realistic avatars. The psychological implications of approaching photo realism is something I've previously blogged on. As we approach photo realism the sense of immersion felt in virtual worlds, that contributes to believing we are 'actually there', increases dramatically. The implications of controlling an avatar that looks as realistic as real life and being able to control their behaviour are significant. One wonders if the sense of identity that each of us posses in the real world will extend to our 'Super Avatars'?

Could this attract a mainstream market that existing 3D multi-user virtual worlds have failed to tap in to? Check out the video.

8 comments:

  1. What a shame it all seems to be about women as sex-objects, still and again. The implications of this are already being experienced in SL (I've been there for 3 years now... check out the "Stop Violence Against Women" group if you don't already know it), and with the photo-realism of this, those problems will be enhanced.

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  2. THIS GAME IS COMING OUT IN EARLY 2010! I AM SO FREAKIN' EXCITED ABOUT IT! I AM GOING TO BE ONE OF THE FIRST AMERICAN TO ENTER NURIEN!I AM GOING TO BE THERE THE FIRST WEEK OR DAY IT COMES TO AMERICA! ALSO GUYS CHECK OUT REAL LIFE PLUS!

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  3. they said 2009 then 2010 now its almost 2012 and it still has not showed up as in american version...

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