Cooperative virtual worlds—a viable eCollaboration pathway or merely a gaming trend?
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With research and technology advances in networking and computer graphics, cooperative virtual environments (CVEs), 3D virtual worlds, which can be used by multiple persons that are represented in the virtual world through avatars, are becoming increasingly popular. In this short position paper we discuss whether or not CVEs are a lasting phenomenon with impact on eCollabopration practice and CSCW research or just an isolated phenomenon in the gaming community. In doing so, this paper outlines four application areas that CVEs are successful in (games, leisure, education, business) and presents opportunities, risks and research challenges that are associated with using CVEs as eCollaboration tools.
KeywordsCSCW Cooperative virtual worlds
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