System and method for enabling users to interact in a virtual space

CAFC
  • US 8,082,501 B2
  • Filed: 03/19/2009
  • Issued: 12/20/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/13/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for enabling a first user to interact with other users in a virtual space, each user of the first user and the other users being associated with a three dimensional avatar representing said each user in the virtual space, the method comprising the steps of:

  • customizing, using a processor of a client device, an avatar in response to input by the first user;

    receiving, by the client device, position information associated with fewer than all of the other user avatars in an interaction room of the virtual space, from a server process, wherein the client device does not receive position information of at least some avatars that fail to satisfy a participant condition imposed on avatars displayable on a client device display of the client device;

    determining, by the client device, a displayable set of the other user avatars associated with the client device display; and

    displaying, on the client device display, the displayable set of the other user avatars associated with the client device display.

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