A way to join and fly in places of beauty
The new medium of interactive virtual worlds is currently at that
critical point of development when all the technical means now
exist to enable the definition of the unique 'language' of the medium.
It is at a similar point as cinema was about one hundred years
ago when directors discovered the freedom of time and space made
possible by film editing, and the ability to merge interior
thought and exterior action into a seamless whole.
The language of cinema became defined by a grammar of 'montage'
instead of a flow of continuous experience within simple
bounds of Aristotelean dramatic unities.
The new language of virtual experience
The language of this new medium will be based on a non-linear
topology for narrative navigation and discovery, as well
as active participation within the flow of action instead
of a passive witnessing. The artistic nature of the medium
allows for an interactive weaving of many sensory threads
able to create a powerful 'suspension of disbelief' perhaps
even more powerful than cinema since it is able to provide
willful activity and discovery within a cluster of re-traceable
yet changing paths, a condition which mimics the experience
of 'life' itself. In addition the experience can be shared 'live'
with other participants as well as fictional 'characters' sometimes
indistinguishable from living participants...
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