Active worlds SW City in Alpha Turns 20

On March 24thThe largest Built City in Alpha celebrated its 20th Anniversary, Founded on March 24th 1999 SW City was Started by SW Comit. Two of The Remaining Members SW Chris and Syntax Gave a Tour of the city on 3/30/2019. The tour went through many of the beautiful builds. I saw some real innovative builds along the way including a flowing river constructed prior the introduction of Particle Emitters. The Most impressive part was for being such an old city it was quite wonderfully designed and had some really lag free and high fps along the tour. Makes you realize the quality of Builders, city planners and innovative / creative minds we have had through the years in Active worlds.

Here is a bit of information about SW City borrowed from the Active Worlds Wiki.

Modern-day SW City is the 8th in a series of towns all named SW City. All towns were tourist cities founded, built, and only intended for members of the gaming clan named SW, the Scarab Warriors, a team of about 50 people whom played an old 1997 game called Scarab. The tourist cities were built in a variety of worlds, but only lasted a few weeks before being discovered and deleted.

The last town was founded as a floating tourist town in Alphaworld on March 24, 1999. Four days later, SW City’s tourist residents registered as citizens and the first permanent builds were made, down on the world’s surface. Even though it was now a citizen city, the rule remained that only members from SW could join. However this rule was dropped June 9, 1999, welcoming SW City’s first non-SW member and female resident, Pern.

For more information on SW City you can Either visit the AW Wiki or The SW City website

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SW City Online Click Here To Open In New Window

Here are some Nice Photos of the tour and parts of SW city Provided by Chris The Pegasus

Ray Barbier / Dovestar

Saturday Six Shot Sangria Sandy Social

Tonight at 10pm VRT In the world of Inspiron , We are having a beach party. Everyone is invited to come join in. Come speak your mind, Dance, Socialize and Enjoy the Live Music Dj’ed by Dovestar on Red Jelly Bean Radio (RJB-Radio) Bring ya Swiming Trunks and Bikini’s!

For those whom are not Citizens of activeworlds, please go to www.activeworlds.com and download the browser and come join us! It’s FREE!!!

Ray Barbier / Dovestar

Jamendo Music

For a long time now I have been downloading and promoting music artists from jamendo.com, They are all Creative commons Licensed so legally free to download etc. I mainly promote the artists through 3 creative license only stations online and of course I listen to the majority of them for personal pleasure. Now one must note if you want to use any of the music in a commercial manor unless they state otherwise you must still obtain a license via Jamendo Licensing. Commercial meaning for profit, gain etc.

Creative Common Licensing has open the door for music enthusiast and artists alike, hobby internet radios across the world have a chance to gain new and innovative music for their music library and playlists. for more information on Creative commons licensing go to https://creativecommons.org/

Excerpt from Jamendo.com About Page:

On Jamendo Music, you can enjoy a wide catalog of more than 500,000 tracks shared by 40,000 artists from over 150 countries all over the world. You can stream all the music for free, download it and support the artist: become a music explorer and be a part of a great discovery experience!

Jamendo’s mission is to offer the perfect platform for all independent artists wishing to share their creations as easily as possible, reaching new audiences internationally. Our philosophy is that any artist in the world is entitled to share his music and should have a chance to be heard by a greater number of people around the world.

Jamedo Music
Jamendo Licensing

Active Worlds

Active Worlds is an online virtual world, developed by ActiveWorlds Inc., a company based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and launched on June 28, 1995. Users assign themselves a name, log into the Active Worlds universe, and explore 3D virtual worlds and environments that others have built. ActiveWorlds allows users to own worlds and universes, and develop custom 3D content. The browser has web browsing capabilities, voice chat, and basic instant messaging.


In March 2016, the game made headlines when Youtuber and Twitch streamer Vinny of the streaming group Vinesauce explored the MMO and came across a user by the name of “Hitomi Fujiko”, who he assumed to be an AI programmed into the game, but who clearly showed signs of life as the stream went on. The Video Is Below…

Since then Active Worlds has been up graded and the current Version is Version 6.5 In V 6.5 They replaced the backend render system and uses recent development environment VS 2017, Windows 10 PDK, thereby drops support for Windows versions XP and Vista. The public versions of the world server and the AW SDK has been updated to the recent feature set. 

Basically They improved the all out performance of the browser and enhanced the user experience. Only Down side is those with older systems running Versions of Windows prior Windows 7 will be left out. Some of the Improvements / Additions within the current update are as follows

  • Updated public SDK
  • Updated public World Server
  • Dropped Vista and XP for 3d client
  • Game scripting features (PHP/COM)
  • Direct3D 9 as standard render backend

They also added Visual Effects such as Depth of Field / Focal Cam, Bloom/Glow and brighter pixels / Sharpen+contrast

So AW is Back in Development and will remain so in 2019 and beyond. Come Join us in one of the longest running 3d experiences on the web visit www.activeworlds.com and sign up/ download the browser. The best part is Active Worlds is Free….

Ray Barbier / Dovestar