A Virtual Hotel for Teens

Inugirl is the hip hostess in her party room, one of thousands of virtual rooms that players can visit in the new Habbo Hotel, an animated virtual chat world for teens. Dressed in a pink knit cap and matching tank top, Inugirl makes small talk with newcomers while guests flirt, dance and admire the bearskin rug and snazzy decor in her brightly colored crib. Launched in Finland in 2000 by two university students, Habbo Hotel now has 2.2 million monthly visitors worldwide, according to the site. The U.K. version, at habbohotel.co.uk, opened in February 2001 and has 11.5 million...

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