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There’s a play on in Baltimore this week by Trish Harnetiaux called “If You Can Get To Buffalo” about Julian Dibbell’s 1990s Village Voice LambdaMOO article, “A Rape in Cyberspace”:
You can read reviews here:
There’s an interview with the playwright here:
And the theatre company’s page about the production is here:
This isn’t the first dramatic presentation of LambdaMOO, another example is this short film scripted from chat logs:
Dibbell’s article was expanded into a book. It is a sometimes salacious but ultimately insightful examination of life on the MOO. You can read it here:
A more comprehensive insight into the operation, history and geography of LambaMOO is “Yib’s Guide To MOOing”, available here:
And a more ethnographic study of MOOing with lots of interesting historical and cultural details is Lynne Cherny’s “Conversation and Community: Chat in a Virtual World”, which you’ll have to buy a copy of:
LambdaMOO is still here and is well worth exploring. You can install a Telnet client on your computer or mobile device (there’s one already on MacOS X) and telnet to:
I’ve restored the composition generators. You can find them here:
You can use them online, download the code, or download PDF books containing examples of the output of each generator.
The demo allows you to look around the inside of a cube, which reads as a room. It’s fun, and an exciting step for the Rift and Free Software.