A few days ago, after a mention of the Second Life 10 year anniversary, io9 put together a memory-jogging post about how our concept of virtual worlds — as seen through movies and television — has evolved in the past 40 years. It’s worth a look and some thought. Below: Anthony Hopkins in Freejack (1992), a film I think was under appreciated.
I can’t think of any movies or shows off-hand that show the actual evolution of virtual worlds in that timeframe, from chat rooms to 2D avatar-based chats (I worked on a short lived project using avatar presence at a major internet provider 17 years ago) to MMORPGs and 3D virtual worlds and online video hangouts. There must be some… any ideas?