Extending Virtual Worlds: Advanced Design for Virtual Environments
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Written by an Emmy award-winning designer with 22 years of experience designing virtual environments for television and online communities, Extending Virtual World Design: Advanced Design for Virtual Environments explores advanced topics in scripting, multi-regional design and narrative structure for environments viewed with a Head Mounted Display (HMD).
With over 150 illustrations and 10 step-by-step projects, the book delivers hours of creative challenges for people working in public virtual worlds or on private grids.
Using the modular components available for download on the author’s website, readers learn by building such things as a multi-level castle, and other advanced topics such as using photogrammetry and procedural scripts to make content for the virtual environment.
This book can be the foundation for class work in distance learning, simulation, and other learning technologies that use virtual environments. It shows both novices and advanced users how to build content to be used in virtual worlds, and works as a second semester option for usage in a full year program for the virtual world learning technologies programs.
Virtual World Design: Creating Immersive Virtual Spaces
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Virtual World Design lays out a significant amount of bedrock knowledge for the virtual environment designer. Novice designers will find a comprehensive guide to the fundamental concepts of 2D graphic, 3D model, lighting and sound design, and how this is used in the creation of an immersive virtual environment. More advanced designers can utilize this book as a syllabus for teaching classes about virtual environments, learning technologies and online education. With 200 illustrations and 12 step by step projects involving virtual classroom construction, terrain design, and prototype design, this book delivers hours of creative challenges for the virtual environment designer in public virtual worlds, or on their own private institutional or educational grids.