allaryin (564427) writes "Raph Koster's company Areae has finally announced their new project, Metaplace. It's not a game, it's a platform for democratizing the development of virtual worlds. The project is committed to open standards and will eventually be releasing protocol specs to encourage others to build clients for the platform.
Gamasutra has a short article on the announcement, GigaOM has some more details, and Cuppycake (Areae's community manager) has some information on why gamers should care about the project."
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