Common Types of Regions

Here’s a list of some of the ways Regions are used in Opensim.  Because Opensim is a general-purpose platform, this list isn’t everything that can be done:

  • Residential: Some users really like having a virtual place to call “Home” and building their own little slice of paradise.
  • Shops/Malls: Users who create content for Opensim need places to sell the content, and users want places to go to buy it.  Like in real life, shops and malls are a natural answer.
  • Meeting Areas: Places custom built for users to meet virtually, either just to hang out or to do business.
  • Roleplay Zones: Some users gravitate towards using Opensim for roleplaying, and these regions are custom built to make that experience immersive and fun.
  • Vehicle Ranges: These areas are for users who want to get the most out of virtual vehicles, whether they be sailboats, vintage aircraft, or spaceships.
  • Museums and Galleries: Lots of static and interactive exhibits, covering a wide range of topics.
  • Clubs: Opensim users have a reputation for loving to dance.  Clubs are social hubs where live musicians and DJs entertain pretty much non-stop.
  • Education:  Areas set aside to provide in-depth education on topics ranging from languages, to in-world content creation, to science.
  • Sandboxes:  A special kind of Region set aside for users of all stripes to create and experiment in.  One part mad science lab, one part playground.
  • Showcases:  Some Regions are just there to be beautiful.  Creators work to make these areas finely crafted works of immersive art.