I’ve wondered this of others, too — friends from Chicago, friends who live in...
I go to the movies pretty regularly, which means I end up watching a lot of trailers over and over again (even more so since I write this roundup each week).
Fantage is one of many free and paid virtual worlds that have attracted 66.4 million active users from age seven to 13, according to virtual world research firm KZero.
There’s Webkinz, a world based around the virtual alter egos of the plush toys found in stores.
Most of the time it doesn't bother me, but one trailer really started to get on my nerves...
Consumer VR has yet to establish itself as a viable commercial product or mass-market artistic medium, and it’s still possible that it never will. Two groundbreaking pairs of cans were introduced by an unlikely suspect, but with each of them commanding a four-figure price, those breakthroughs might as well not have happened for most people.
Moderators also immerse themselves in the game, going undercover to monitor slang trends and look for new phrases.
"Our moderators are working around the clock," Poitras said. We're able to get a very good sense of what's going on in the environment and in the audience." Poitras said Club Penguin has "hundreds" of moderators worldwide, which he believes is one of the largest if not the largest moderation staff out of comparable sites.
But virtual dating still bugs parents, Estroff said, and it’s disturbing that the activity seems to flourish in online worlds made for children.
By contrast, there’s little e-dating culture on Instagram, the virtual community she’s currently studying.
"This site is for younger children, and we do a lot of things to stop that sort of behavior for the audience," he said, when asked about dating within Club Penguin.
Ultimately, stopping predators from grooming children is much more important than preventing kids from pretend dating.
"It’s just the idea of these little kids," she said. These are things you can expect to hear touted in 2017 by the companies that make what we at The Verge call electric rideables — an imperfect catch-all term that covers everything...