This blog is not only dedicated to virtual worlds, I wanted to have a different taste than Opensim and SL, So I created a new account in a 3d chat as IMVU. But What it is ?, then here´s some info:
“IMVU, Inc. (Instant Messaging Virtual Universe) is an online social entertainment website, founded in 2004, in which members use 3D avatars to meet new people, chat, create, and play games. IMVU has over 50 million registered users, 10 million unique visitors per month and three million monthly active users. IMVU has the world’s largest virtual goods catalog of more than 10 million items (some hidden by their creators), almost all of which are created by its own members. Founded in 2004, IMVU is backed by venture investors Menlo Ventures, Allegis Capital, Bridgescale Partners, and Best Buy Capital and is located in Mountain View, California.
Content creation program
A primary focus of IMVU is member-developed content. IMVU encourages the members to participate in content creation. Members who bought VIP and had Guest_ removed from their name (by paying) can become “Content Creators” and can create and sell virtual products. Developers have access to the IMVU software Create Mode located in the 3D client itself used in creating and submitting new virtual products and can sell their products by listing them in the online IMVU product catalog.
A member must own a name and have enough credits in the account for “derivation” and submission fees in order to become a content creator. IMVU uses its own proprietary Cal3D format consisted of .xcf (eXperimental Computing Facility) subformats. Content creators may use programs such as 3D Max, Sketchup, or Blender to create IMVU’s 3D assets. Content creators may leave their products as “derivable,” so other creators can add on to the original and turn it into a brand new product to sell in the 3D catalog.
IMVU contains its own economy with a currency system based on IMVU “credits” and “promotional credits.” A third form of currency also exists for members who sell custom-made items, “developer tokens,” which are earned when a user purchases an item with “promo credits,” also known as “predits.” Credits can be purchased online using actual currency either directly from IMVU or from third party resellers.
Credits may also be purchased on IMVU gift cards available from retail outlets such as department stores. Credits may not be transferred back from IMVU to actual currency but can be sold to registered resellers who will purchase them for real-world currency. The credits are used by members to purchase virtual items like fashion pieces (hair, clothes, skins, and accessories), pets, and 3D scenes such as homes, clubs and open landscapes. Furniture can also be purchased the same way and placed into unlocked rooms, but there are also rooms that have some furniture included in them as well as locked rooms that include furniture that can not be removed.
Promotional credits, abbreviated to “promo-credits” or “predits,” are a second form of currency distributed to members by IMVU and can be obtained by participating in various “Partner” promotions as well as a few activities the IMVU provides. With relation to a standard free or full member, promo-credits are similar to standard credits. A given number of credits equates to the same number of promo-credits.
However, promo-credits cannot be used to purchase items as gifts for other members and may not be traded back to an IMVU reseller for actual currency. Promo-credits used to purchase a virtual product are exchanged into “Developer Tokens,” also known as “Dev Tokens.” The purchase transfers the Predits into Dev Tokens but nets a single developer token per purchase when predits are used regardless of the price of the product purchased.“
But why I wanted to try something different than SL?, well if you do the samething all the time then you will get tired of it. It doesn’t mean I am tired of SL, I want to see something different, and to meet new people!. BTW it doesn’t mean that I will leave SL, Never!. I will stay a long time until the service just stop (which I doubt so much).
“This is how Xpontaneus looks like in IMVU!”