Voice Chat Comes to Online Games
Voice communication is coming to massive online worlds, and may bring big changes in how people use them. There a lot you can do in World of Warcraft or SecondLife, but talk is not one of them. To address this limitation, many users are turning to third-party solutions like Skype and TeamSpeak.
Now, a new company, Vivox, is readying an in-game voice service that may help draw players into games and keep them engaged, rather than serving as an open door to other worlds.
This opens up a whole new set of possible virtual applications. By this winter, Languagelab.com students will be able to attend an immersive language school in an online world.
Languagelab.com hopes students from all over the world will enjoy classes in interactive spaces like a holodeck-style area, where the virtual weather keeps changing to aid vocabulary practice.
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