3D Homepage

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The "control panel" of the DirtCity 3D homepage, with a teleport to AWGate and buttons for easy changes to the world

3D Homepages were an entry-level type of world offered by AWI. Introduced in September 2001 alongside 30-day citizenship trials, it allowed citizens their own small world with a pre-built template without having to learn to build, manage world settings or hosting.

Layout

3D home pages were offered via a now defunct web page where the user simply picked a name, a theme and its color scheme (if applicable). The world would automatically be created from a template world and hosted on AWI's servers. At the time, names were limited to 8 characters and could not begin with "AW".

Art and interactivity

All themes were created with objects and textures of a specific art style, notably of higher quality than that of AWI worlds such as Alphaworld and Yellow at the time. Homepages offered a detailed mix of both outdoor and indoor environments. Each theme also featured a liberal use of sound and interactivity, where objects such as boxes, water or pianos could be clicked to produce sound. Doors to certain areas could also be opened by activate or invisible bump triggers.

Objects with an off-center axis were used with rotate and move commands to make homepages look alive by emulating circling birds, swirling trash and falling leaves, for example. Objects also made extensive use of masked faux-shadows.

Control panel

Each theme would feature a "control panel" wherein users could:

  • Teleport to AWGate
  • Change the world to another theme
  • Purchase another 3D homepage
  • Enable build, as it was disabled by default for simplicity
  • Email the owner of the 3D homepage
  • Spawn an object with a web interface

Images and text

Much like a 2D HTML-based web page, 3D homepages allowed easy placement of text and images in prominent locations. Each theme contained sign and picture objects placed in certain locations, with a placeholder. When clicked, a web form allowed the owner to change the content without having to learn the syntax of the appropriate scripting command.

Avatars

Each theme contained a number of photo-realistic (or toony, in the case of the Toon theme) avatars to choose from. Each one was crafted specifically to that theme and included the two tourist choices.

Pricing

3D homepages were available in three pricing configurations. All included 24 hour hosting and a provided object path. Discounts of 3% and 6% were applied when paid for 6 months and 12 months, respectively. An additional $2 per month could be charged to allow tourist access.

  • 3DH-5 - 5 Users 5 N,W,S,E - Free for 30 days (see below)
  • 3DH-7 - 8 Users 7 N,W,S,E - $6.99 per month
  • 3DH-10 - 12 Users 10 N,W,S,E - $9.95 per month

Trials

Each citizen was allowed a single 30 day trial period of a 3D homepage, with a 3DH-5 configuration and any theme allowed. The world could be renewed any time during the trial. The trial process went down with 3D homepages. Although they were re-opened in September 23rd, 2009, it has since been defunct.

Themes

Various themes were available to choose from. Most of their art content was publicly made available on the Megapath object path.

Image Name Description Styles
DirtCityHP.jpg DirtCity An emulation of scenes from The Matrix film, it is a derelict street with litter swirling around. Various interiors correspond to scenes in the film with an interactive red and blue pill. Art assets not available in the MegaPath object path. N/A
AtlantisHP.jpg Atlantis Underwater version of the Roman theme. Features a plaza partly buried in mounds and coral and an endless expanse of tall seagrass.
  • Green
  • Deep Blue
  • Golden
  • Deep Green
  • Stormy
BusinessHP.jpg Business An indoor office environment with various rooms where images and documents could be put up.
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Grey
  • Red
FantasyHP.jpg Fantasy Features a barn and a large house with old English fantasy style decor, such as swords and scrolls.
  • White
  • Wood
  • Stone
  • Slate
ContemporaryHP.jpg Contemporary A typical American suburb featuring six houses with large gardens and a street. One house has a complete furnished interior.
  • Beige
  • Brick
  • Stone
  • White
WesternHP.jpg Western A wild west town featuring a bar, a jail and various shops.
  • Brown
  • Painted
  • Stucco
  • White
RomanHP.jpg Roman A large roman style plaza with a large decorated house.
  • White
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Yellow
NatureHP.jpg Nature Outdoor environment with detailed hill pieces, tents and unfurnished cabins.
  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Winter
GalleryHP.jpg Gallery Indoor fancy gallery setting, designed to show off large images.
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Green
  • Pink
ScifiHP.jpg Sci-Fi Science fiction environment with platforms and tubes between giant buildings and hover cabs flying by.
  • Blue
  • Dark
  • Gold
  • Red
EgyptianHP.jpg Egyptian A small Egyptian walled village featuring shops and a giant pyramid with tunnels and a tomb.
  • Sandstone
  • Bloodstone
  • Golden
  • Limestone
ToonHP.jpg Toon A cartoon styled town featuring a mis-proportioned house and a skate park.
  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Gingerbread
  • Black & White
AuditoriumHP.jpg Auditorium Indoor auditorium layout with a large screen and static audience members. Used for demonstrations and presentations. N/A
ClassroomHP.jpg Classroom Small indoor classroom setting with chairs, static audience members and a speaking podium. Used for classes. N/A

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