Please be aware that major Web browsers no longer support NPAPI plugins. It remains
possible to use the virtual world with Contact v.8.0 in stand-alone mode
(instructions provided on the loading page), but chat
will be limited to Public only, and sound/music may not play at this time.
Since Google Chrome no longer supports NPAPI plugins, we are looking into realigning
Office Towers' position. Meanwhile, you can still use Contact with other web browsers or as a standalone
viewer (Browserless operation - More details are on the loading page).
Our server upgrade is now complete. Enjoy!
For added security, performance and reliability, we are currently upgrading and migrating all of our web properties and
systems to private servers. Our goal is to gradually make this transition as seamlessly as possible during the next several
weeks. While no service interruptions
or malfunctions are anticipated during this process, should they occur, please rest assured that it is only going to be temporary.
One female and two male avatars have been added. Why almost a year since last update? That's because we have been working hard on the
AlienXsyndicate virtual band. Find info and updates at AlienXsyndicate.com
New users can now easily register to Office Towers 3D World via Facebook.
A new Virtual Conference Hall has been added to the World Teleport.
Get Paid to Play: Redeem your game scores for world credits or cash.
Are you an investor? If you ever think of investing in 3D technology you need to know this.
A new Subway Station and game levels, like the Underground, are now available.
Scores can now be redeemed for world credits. The more active you are the better your score.
Brand new subscription levels are now available. Start your 3D virtual reality business today.
An alien invasion is underway. Check out the new aliens in the avatar selector.
Added blinking cursor to text entry fields. Fixed bug where secret weapons were wrongly displayed in teleport worlds.
Fixed Virtual Motors' boardroom furniture Level Of Details (LOD). Fixed YouTube videos which were no longer visible
due to URL query string changes at that company.
Avatars watch NASA YouTube at Virtual Command Center - 2012
New video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLRvdDNmqGM
We've just added a cool new YouTube/Flash Command Center to the Teleport. You can now see and control up to 12 video presentations at the same time.
The inworld avatar selection and login scenario has been reworked to facilitate easier access to third party worlds.
New inline frame allows world owners to add X3Daemon registration form to their own site. Click My World for details.
New Progress Bar when world is loading and improved Login Dialog for better user experience.
We have just released a new YouTube video. See it on this page and vote for it if you can.
Added in-world YouTube videos. This can work with Contact stand-alone, and with Firefox, Chrome or Safari.
Added monitoring system to detect and deal with busy server and network latency.
Began adding bots to guide and assist users with various endeavors.
Added frame rate and CPU performance checks and warnings to prevent underpowered machines from accessing upper levels instead of crashing.
Apple Safari version 5.0 or above is now supported.
Added Screen Radar HUD to show local and remote avatars' position.
It's official, both versions of Avatar Studio (1 & 2) generated avatars and gestures are now fully supported. Create your own custom avatar or use
one of thousands of existing AS2 avatars. You may even use a facial photograph of yourself for your personalized avatar. Several new avatars were
added to the avatar selector.
Added city life sounds and street traffic.
Added instructional HUD to assist avatar selection. Added name tag and re-sized chat bubbles.
Added text driven gestures. Improved HUD.
Removed 13 years old Plaza building. The vacant space will be allocated for parking. Letting go of old memories to make room for new ones.
Public group bubble chat upgrade for improved readability. Better sound files management to help preserve bandwidth. Home page update.
Well! This section is new for a start. You can expect to see here frequent updates about the world's happenings, additions and features.
To begin, we thought it would be nice to briefly describe the general features so far to give us a reference point.
So here it is:
By now obviously everyone who have visited the world know, this is a multiuser 3D world with chat, avatars, buildings, cars and various
other moveable objects. Multiuser (MU) means that when an avatar moves in the world, all of the other users will see that
avatar moving on their computer screen too. In a similar fashion, we describe as shared-objects (SO) anything in the world that moves or
operates the same on all computer screens when one user or avatar moves or operates it. Features that have not yet been made multiuser,
while still functional on a single user basis, will be described as single-user (SU).
There are avatars available to choose from the avatar selector, all of which support gestures (such as 'waive hello', 'bye',
'laugh', 'sit', 'dance', etc.) to some degree.
To date there are about two dozen office buildings, each with several floors and offices. There are also
dedicated buildings such as the shopping mall, a plaza, a command center, a teleport building, a car dealership with offices, a club,
a theater, a farm house, and various other utility buildings, all of which can be entered by avatars. Some of the buildings also have SU
elevators. There are numerous other constructions in the periphery of the world such as pyramids, a mansion, a college and university, etc.
that cannot be entered. (press the 'Map' button at the bottom of the screen once in the world to see a map of the world.)
Most of the vehicles in the world can be driven by avatars in SU mode. Some vehicles are SO but can only be driven by their respective owners.
An alarm will sound if you attempt to enter them. There is no collision detection so be careful how you drive. Click 'Show Instructions' at
the top right of the screen once you are in the world for details on how to use vehicles and other world features.
The world also has SU moveable furniture that can be operated (ex.: open/close drawer, swivel chair, move furniture, etc).
There is a MU teleport that can be used to switch world. There are currently 8 worlds to choose from. Some of the worlds are outside of
Office Towers while others are part of it. Click 'My World' above to submit yours. You can see and chat with avatars that are in the same
world as you. Bubble chat is available in Public chat.
Private chat groups are available in the chat frame on the right side of the screen when the world is viewed with a Web browser (see below
for details). Simply enter the name of a group you would like to use (press the 'Options' button at the bottom
of the screen once in the world).
All of the worlds are affected by sunlight and/or moonshine depending the time you stay online. There are stars, the moon and a space station.
Some other places and features are not described here because they are intended only to be discovered by those who achieve the
required levels. Having said that, there are currently 5 levels in the main OT world. In addition, the world uses longitude and latitude
coordinates and is situated near the Azores Islands, which explains the time zone displayed in the chat frame.
We have begun placing music and sound files. You may enable/disable sound as desired (see the 'Sound' option at the bottom of the screen
once in the world). Expect a small delay when changing selection. Sound may be disabled if your available bandwidth is too low.