Okay, so Google already has a virtual world: it’s called Google Earth. But I’m talking a Second Life style virtual world, with avatars and community features and big furry-penised love machines all over the shop. Well, maybe not that last one.
The rumour’s come from Arizona State University, where students have been asked to sign up to beta test a new product from “a major internet company”, with the signup form (pictured above) mentioning 3D modelling, gaming and avatars, and asking specifically if they have a Gmail account. The university has strong ties with Google in other areas.
As an over-excitable blogger, that’s all the proof I need to start shouting about GoogleLife’s imminent launch, most likely blending Second Life style 3D avatars and environments with accessible casual web games. And stuff. The ASU signup form says the mystery product will be publicly launched “later this year”, so I won’t have to wait long to be proved entirely wrong.
(via Ars Technica)
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