Virtual Worlds Review
Launch Date: Summer 2000
System Requirements: Web browser with Macromedia Shockwave Player plugin.
||Accessible to both Windows and Mac users
View the Playdo Screen Shot Gallery
Playdo is a graphical chat world built by Swedish developer Andreas Rehnberg. It is available in English and Swedish versions and is geared toward a younger audience (ages 12-20).
Playdo's chat environment contains a mix of urban, outdoor, and seasonal settings. Members create tiny customized avatars and communicate through text bubbles. The chat interface is simple, usable, and standard fare for a Flash-based world. But Playdo distinguishes itself from other virtual worlds with a variety of supplemental community-building features, including a nifty point-and-click web page editor that allows members to easily create personalized home pages without having to learn HTML.
Playdo does not have an in-world economy in the form of points, merchandise, or virtual dollars, which means socializing is the central focus of this community. Playdo includes a WAP interface that enables social connections to grow on the go. The Swedish version of Playdo even allows members to edit their home pages via WAP. Playdo's deep integration of the virtual environment with a wireless environment makes it an interesting world to visit and to watch for future developments.
Playdo WAP screens
If you like this world, you might also like Coke Studios, Habbo Hotel or The Palace
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