Serious games use game concepts and are designed for the purpose of solving a problem. Although serious games can be entertaining, their main purpose is to train, investigate, or advertise. They are made to provide an engaging, self-reinforcing context in which to motivate, educate and train the players. Other purposes for such games include marketing and advertisement.
Virtual worlds are well suited for simulations of real world environments and processes. With simulations you can optimize local conditions and processes, even before these have been implemented in the real world. This helps to realize cost savings and to improve efficiency. Simulations can be also used for training purposes.
Some examples of applications:
Do you intend to organize an online event or marketing campaign? Do you want to use a virtual world 3D environment to promote your products and services? If yes, consider using OpenSim as platform.
Do you want to participate in the fast growing entertainment market, by offering a virtual 3D world?
OpenSim allows advanced e-learning applications, where students learn in a virtual 3D environment.