|1997 is part of a series.|
- January 17
- February 27
- Circle of Fire (today Activeworlds Inc.) purchased Active Worlds and re-hired the staff (with the help of Scandinavia Online). Ron Britvich (Protagonist) and Dave Gobel (da5id/Nethead) had made a competing offer, which made Danny Viescas (Kalak of Tangara) team up with Rick Noll (E N Z O/Uncle Enzo).
- October 31
- Bruce Damer (DigiGardener) publishes Avatars: Exploring and Building Virtual Worlds on the Internet, a collection of guides and insights into the various virtual worlds available in the late 1990's. The book offers a 63 page analysis of Alphaworld and Active Worlds on the whole, including details on how to register, how to operate the technology, and useful illustrations of the early universe. The analysis also includes a detailed look at the virtual culture of Active Worlds, commenting on topics from community building to virtual marriages.