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The Best Virtual World Games of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best video games in the virtual world genre.

This is a list of the best virtual world games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated virtual world games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest virtual world games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these virtual world games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging virtual world games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new virtual world games.

List is made up of games like World of Warcraft and Whyville.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best virtual world games?" and "What is the greatest virtual world game of all time?"
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Second Life is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Virtual World Games of All Time
2003
Second Life is an online virtual world, developed by San Francisco-based Linden Lab and launched on June 23, 2003; and which in 2014 had about 1 million regular users, according to Linden Lab, ...more
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World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Virtual World Games of All Time
2004
World of Warcraft (commonly known as WoW) is a pay-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It is Blizzard Entertainment's fourth game set in the fantasy Warcraft Universe, first ...more
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Eve Online is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Virtual World Games of All Time
ClarenceJames added 2003
Eve Online is a player-driven, persistent-world massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in a science fiction space setting, developed and published by CCP Games. Characters pilot ...more
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Whyville is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Virtual World Games of All Time
Mar 01 1999
Whyville is an educational Internet site geared towards children from ages 8–14. It aims to engage its users in learning about a broad range of topics, including science, business, art and ...more
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Active Worlds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Virtual World Games of All Time
Jan 01 1995
Active Worlds is an online virtual world, developed by ActiveWorlds Inc., a company based in Newburyport, MA, and launched on June 28, 1995. Users assign themselves a name, log into the Active ...more
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Habitat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Virtual World Games of All Time
1987
Lucasfilm's Habitat was an early and technologically influential online role-playing game developed by Lucasfilm Games and made available as a beta test in 1986 by Quantum Link, an online ...more
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Ai Sp is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Virtual World Games of All Time
Ai Sp Oct 15 2008
Ai Space is a Japanese virtual 3D massively multiplayer online social game developed by several companies that formed the Ai Space Production Committee which was launched on October 15, 2008 for ...more
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Blue Mars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Virtual World Games of All Time
Blue Mars Sep 02 2009
Blue Mars is a 3D massively multiplayer virtual world platform currently in open beta. The platform, being developed by Hawaii-based Avatar Reality, allows 3rd parties to create virtual worlds, ...more
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There is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Virtual World Games of All Time
Jan 09 2003
There is a 3D online virtual world created by Will Harvey and Jeffrey Ventrella. There Inc. was founded in the spring of 1998. Closed beta began in July 2001, with various stages of beta ...more
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ViOS is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Virtual World Games of All Time
ViOS
ViOS was a client-server software system designed by Julian Lombardi in the mid-1990s and built by a team he led at ViOS Inc. from 1999-2001 as a way of spatially organizing all ...more
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BoomBang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Virtual World Games of All Time
BoomBang Jan 01 2004
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Club Caribe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Virtual World Games of All Time
Club Caribe was one of the first graphical online worlds. It was available in the 1980s on the exclusively Commodore 64 online service Quantum Link. Originally available in limited release as ...more
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Rise: The Vieneo Province is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Virtual World Games of All Time
Jan 01 2006
Rise: The Vieneo Province is "free-to-play" Internet-based virtual world. Through a free downloadable client program, users interact with each other through motional vehicles and ...more
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HiPiHi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Virtual World Games of All Time
HiPiHi
HiPiHi is an online 3D virtual world game founded by Xu Hui and Rao Xuewei in Beijing in the People's Republic of China. It is the first Chinese virtual world game that allows virtual netizens ...more