In May of 1993, I first connected to a online virtual community called LambdaMOO. It’s difficult to describe the place in one sentence, but here’s one attempt:
A MOO is a text-based online virtual reality system to which multiple users (players) are connected at the same timeMOO—Wikipedia
LambdaMOO was created at Xerox PARC, where important inventions such as laser printers, the graphical user interface, Ethernet, and important aspects of computer graphics were created.
I didn’t really know any of the backstory at the time. I was an economics major and working in the tech industry wasn’t on my radar.
Like many people, I initially joined for social reasons. It’s was very much like a text-based adventure game only there were other people logged into the same virtual world.
You could walk around the world and read their descriptions. Anything you said would be heard by whoever was in …