Otherland alpha sign ups available

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If you're like me, you were probably intrigued by the first Otherland trailers, which showed off a game based around playing an MMO within an MMO. Based on the sci-fi novels of Tad Williams, Otherland is about a world dominated by virtual realities accessed through cyberspace. Just like the real world then, only much cooler.

Now Massively are reporting that publishers Gamigo are letting people sign up to alpha test the new MMO. "But Tom!" I hear you cry, "What's the difference between this and a closed beta?" Well mysterious internet voice, Gamigo say: "As an alpha tester, you will be asked to focus-test specific game elements, document your user experience, and fill out in-depth surveys each week." It seems much harder and more demanding than playing a beta, more akin to the work of professional Q&A testers than general gamers.

Still, if you're up for a bit of hard work, this could be your chance to get a first look at some of the most unusual and imaginative MMOs I've ever seen. Full details of how to apply can be found on the Gamigo forums. Good luck!

Otherland trailer surfs realities, fights lizards

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After initially reading this as "Otterland" I was always going to be slightly disappointed when this trailer on Evil Avatar turned out not to show a gritty RPG about a band of armoured otters. In fact, it's another bemusing, violently colourful video for the upcoming MMO based on Tad William's Otherland novels.

The books explore a future in which virtual reality is part of everyday life. Citizens spend much of their time as avatars, building their own virtual spaces and exploring the creations of others. These can take the form of be gleaming futuristic cityscapes, medieval castle grounds and sweeping green landscapes full of floating chess pieces, for some reason.

Otherland trailer shows worlds within worlds

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This new trailer for Otherland is one of the most unusual we've ever seen. The game is based on the Otherland books by Tad Williams, which are set in a kind of shared cyberspace with a whole array of virtual worlds. As such, Otherland looks like it has at least four or five other MMOs inside the one you're actually playing. Christopher Nolan would be proud.

Otherland will be free to play, and is slated for release in 2012.