the apparent surface similarities Rose and Worlds
are very different in their structure and culture.
you have your own online "house", you are
provided with a set of ready furnished rooms as soon
as you get online. However this is a space where you
can create a series of your own rooms. Users with
even very limited skills can build rooms on templates
(called room shapes by Rose users) with a surprising
amount of individuality. A fair amount of furniture
and gadgets are provided with the program and users
have sites offering a vast array of additional items
and pre-decorated rooms, giving everyone opportunities
to make an online environment that suits them.
wide range of ready made actors (avatars) are supplied
and recently the Actor Studio has been added which
allows people to create their own by selecting from
"off the peg" bodies and clothes. There
are other more technicaly difficult methods of making
actors and many users have mastered these techniques
and share their creations with the rest of us.