Welcome to the Virtual Worlds News Wrap-Up for the week of August 21, 2010. The Wrap-Up is where VWN spotlights stories that we didn't get to cover individually, but still make for interesting reading about the virtual worlds industry.
- Avatars Redesigned For Kinect: Xbox Live's avatars are about to become taller and more realistic so players have an easier time using them in Kinect games. Presumably this will also affect the appearance of all avatar items and fashions.
- Bigpoint Spent 2M Euros On Browser Action Game Poisonville: As Bigpoint's 3D multiplayer shooter goes into open beta, the company is announcing that it spend an unprecedented 2 million Euro ($2.5 million) on development for the title. The game still runs natively in browsers without requiring any download or installation process.
- Pics: What's Changed In Chinese Version Wrath Of The Lich King: An archive sharing just a few of the radical visual overhaul required to get a version of Blizzard's World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King approve for Chinese release. The new expansion will be released by current Chinese WoW licensor NetEase and has been held up in content revisions for two years.
- Virtual Concerts Are About To Become A Reality: Start-up virtual world ResLive claims it has the technology to make it possible for over 5000 users at once to attend virtual concerts, with as many as 150 different avatars visible at any time. ResLive uses the Unity 3D engine and a server structure based on OpenSim.