There's Life in There

This virtual world is not just a game

Have you ever lost touch with old friends who left town? Sure, you could call or email them--but that can feel like a poor substitute for actually being with them. What you need is some kind of virtual world where you can just hang out in one another's company.

That's the idea behind a new online service called There, which launches next week for Windows PCs ($50 a year at Think of it as a 3-D chat room: your onscreen characters talk as you type, with speech balloons coming out of their heads. They blink, breathe and nod...

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