- A virtual habitat is a place where people can live and do things through some form of avatar.
- Todays most popular habitats are probably "Massively multiplayer online role-playing games) (MMORPG)s.
- Habitats started in the 1980's in the form of MUDs.
- Some may argue that - at least in the mindes of people - Bulletin Board Systems (BBSs) (see also forums) also were a kind of virtual meeting place where people did things. (Rheingold)
- By the end of the 1980's we had 2D environments, in particular the pionneering "Lucas Film Habitat" than ran on Commodore 64:
(Morningstart & Farmer, 1990).
- The Well
- I will have to move some of my OLD stuff from http://tecfa.unige.ch/guides/cspace-pointers.html and http://tecfa.unige.ch/edu-comp/WWW-VL/eduVR-page.html
Morningstar, C. et Farmer, F. R. (1990). The Lessons of Lucasfilm's Habitat. On-Line Publication, (also published in: M.Benedikt (ed.) Cyberspace: First Steps, MIT Press, 1991). txt
Rheingold Howard, The Virtual Community, online version in HTML