What’s the difference between a virtal world (VW) and a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG)?
No, the answer isn’t “lipstick.”
VWs and MMOGs are like estranged siblings. They share a common background and future, but right now at least, they don’t talk too much. I think a lot of this is artificial or the result of odd circumstances having little to do with the online worlds themselves. And as with many estrangements, I don’t think this one is particularly healthy.
So why are these separate, and what will bring them back together again?