LambdaMOO (and its previous incarnation MOO) was the very first MUD type which
could claim to be object oriented. Today, most MUDs can claim this, and though
not all use the same basics, the object oriented features are clearly present.
In all, LPmud is the most popular server as far as MUD games go, but when it
comes to the more serious applications of MUD servers, MOO has a real advantage.
This is mostly a result of the various Multimedia-related projects that have
been accomplished using MOO servers.
Papers have been written about these more general uses:
MOOGopher is a system which combines an information retrieval tool
(Gopher) with a text based virtual reality environment (MOO). The
main advantage of this system is that it combines the ability to
converse with other people with the information retrieval system.
The virtual reality aspect of this application tends to be very
important, and adds to the user-friendliness of the system. Imagine
looking for a document and being able to ask someone...
MediaMOO is a project of the MIT Media Lab, in which various specific
sub-projects are being accomplished. One topic was the programming
aspect of MUDs, or MUDs as a context for collaborative learning. It
showed that the virtual reality which a MUD offers, can be
constructive for the learning process, because one has contact with
other people in the virtual world. One can ask questions, show
This paper by Pavel Curtis (also known as Lambda) covers the social
phenomena in text-base virtual realities. One of the more important
contributions which MUDs can offer to Multimedia is the added aspect
of social contact. The notion of "not being all alone" on the net is
clearly existant in MUDs, and most other networking applications are
specifically lacking this aspect.
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