When I was younger I played a game called VMK (Virtual Magic Kingdom). It was a MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game) created by Disney, and was a virtual world that mimicked California’s Disney Land almost exactly. You could interact with players, create your own themed ‘guest rooms’, and trade things with players. I was an avid player when I was around 10-13 years old, and made many online friends in the game. They never became my friends outside of this virtual world, but it was fun to interact with them and make trades.
Another virtual world I participated in when I was in middle school/high school was Puzzle Pirates. It was an MMORPG where you were a pirate, and could join a crew. Your crew had ships that you would go out on and pillage and fight with other crews to pick up ‘loot’ another items. You also had your own home that you could build on and buy new furniture for. I used to be an avid participator in many MMORPGs and virtual worlds. They were a big part of my childhood, and I think played a role in my choice to pursue graphic design as a career path.