Through the Stargate
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blaxxun interactive has opened the doors to the coolest VRML club in Cyberspace. Fly through the star gate right in your Netscape browser with the blaxxun Contact 4.0 plug-in. Ultra modern avatars gracefully strut their stuff in this vision of cyberpunk reality. Travel through the Contact 4.0 galaxy of worlds and if you are a true pioneer, build your own world and come as your own avatar!
Download Contact 4.0 From: http://www.blaxxun.com or from the European mirror at http://www.blaxxun.de
Size of download (Beta): approx 3.1 Megs
Hard disk resources: approx 5 Megs
Platforms Supported: Windows (95, NT)
Setup: Simple, self installing EXE file
Cost: Free free free!
What happens there
You read about the Metaverse in Snowcrash, now come and experience the real Black Sun. Blaxxun Contact 4.0 is built with VRML (the Virtual Reality Modeling Language). VRML is open, and this means that you can build your own world and avatar with VRML and connect it to this vast and expanding labyrinth of blaxxun worlds. Chat in text or Cooltalk voice (if you have it plugged in to Netscape) or even start Microsoft NetMeeting to talk with other blaxxun citizens. See the story of The Chicago Five for a peek at what citizens of blaxxun worlds are up to.
What you will experience
In Club blaxxun Contact 4.0
blaxxun Contact 4.0 Entry Plaza
The original PointWorld!
blaxxun Contact 4.0 Hot and Useful Sites
Official Web sites from blaxxun
The blaxxun home page is at http://www.blaxxun.com/.
The Avatar Gallery is at http://www.blaxxun.com/community/index.html.
The blaxxun Web Ring.
The Worlds Travel Guide is at http://www.blaxxun.com/community/index.html.
Stories of blaxxun Citizens
Read the full story of dedicated blaxxun citizens, The Chicago Five
Worlds built by the community of blaxxun users
Some of these worlds can be visited with the old CyberGate program from Black Sun (which is called CyberGate and runs independently of Netscape). CyberGate is an impressive application, and if you are having trouble with blaxxun Contact 4.0, I recommend that you try CyberGate (download it from the blaxxun Web site. The new program (called blaxxun Contact 4.0) can be used to visit all the worlds.
Gerry (a.k.a. Prince Charming) invites us all in to take a dip in his virtual swimming pool, complete with fish and shells decorating the outside. Dive in! You can actually submerge yourself in the water, but watch out for the shark! If you get too tired from doing flips off the diving board, take a snooze under the palm trees, or order a drink from the bartender. No tipping, please.
Simberon's Beach World.
At Beach World, life truly is a day at the beach. In this exciting world, you can let loose under blaxxun skies, climb the lighthouse, or just relax in a beach chair and listen to the soothing sound of waves splashing upon the shore. Want to save this moment? No problem, Beach World has a resident photographer that will take your picture for you! This one's not to be missed .
Full of wonder and magic, you never know what you'll find in the Castle. Speak with the Spider King; be dazzled by the Master of Colors. Join the magic banquet, and revel in the chaotic festivities. But don't get lost in the maze!
Come play in the snow in this fantastic Winter Wonderland. Watch the snow fall, the North Pole spin, and hear a holiday angel sing carols and greetings. You can also select one of the custom penguin avatars and instantly join the flock of fluttering winter birds! For a surprising treat, take a couple of steps back to see where you're really at. blaxxun Contact 4.0 client users can enter Winter Wonderland at http://www.simberon.com/vrml/winter/winterwrl.htm.
Companies building blaxxun and other virtual worlds
Visit Lunatic Interactive GmbH which designed and built most of the blaxxun projects core worlds.
Barnegat Communications is an Internet service company specializing in providing a Web presence for small- to medium-sized companies. It offers high-quality page design, site hosting, virtual domains, search engines, and more to create rich VRML worlds.
CGI Inc. combines its expertise in 3D graphics, animation, and modeling to create rich VRML worlds and Web site design. It offers a wide range of design formats including HTML, Java, and VRML, created with the latest tools.
Cybertown is a futuristic off-world town with entertainment, information, community, and interactivity. Cybertown's design division also creates sophisticated VR worlds for other companies.
IntelLink Inc. combines decades of expertise in 3D graphics, animation, programming skills, and (most importantly) marketing savvy to create exciting interactive VRML worlds and dynamic Web sites. Its wide range of design talents include VRML, HTML, Java, and CGI (PERL and C)ócreated with the latest tools. IntelLink's creativity was the driving force behind the creation of blaxxun Contact 4.0 client's launch contestóCyberRoute 96.
Lost Wax Media Limited is a VRML research, design, and production company based in London. It specializes in designing and building multi-user virtual worlds for corporate and financial sector clients. Please e-mail email@example.com for further details.
Market Central Steel Studio is now creating commercial virtual worlds for progressive Internet sites. It is continually releasing new models with enhanced features, so stay tuned.
Planet 9 Studios builds virtual worlds on the Internet for business and entertainment purposes for clients such as Apple, Intel, and Microsoft. It built the first VRML world, called Virtual SOMA (representing the South of Market district of San Francisco).
Ross Finlayson offers services in many areas of computer systems, including integration of legacy applications, and cutting-edge applets. Its development experience, combined with the latest in 3D design, offers rich and exciting VRML worlds.
Simberon designs, creates, and hosts interactive 3D worlds, along with custom avatars and bots to enhance the interactivity of these worlds. Simberon also develops custom worlds, avatars, and bots for commercial clients.
Superbusiness NET develops successful Internet business Web sites for entertainment, high technology, and retail companies, with an emphasis on interactive multimedia sites, Shockwave, and VRML design. SuperBusiness NET also develops high-end database solutions for Intranet and commerce applications.
3Name3D offers full-service development capabilities for the game, film, broadcast, and Internet industries. 3Name3D specializes in 3D visualization of environments and characters, such as sports stadiums, dinosaurs, and VRML avatars.
Virtual Horizons offers multimedia communications and 3D visualization, with special emphasis on VRML for corporate and business uses.
Some Individual User's Sites and Worlds
David Maloney's (Guy's) great AVATARA site at http://www.avatara.com/, has dozens of avatars and worlds built in VRML and running in blaxxun Contact 4.0.
Pam Miller's (Imagica) Flamingo World and the Flamingo City Times is at http://www.hci.net/~after5/fct/fct.htm.
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