I am a Second Life addict, but before Second Life I was not into virtual worlds or games at all. However, there seem to be more avatar-based apps popping up on iTunes and the Google Play store these days, which remind me a lot of virtual worlds like Second Life. Zepeto is one of the latest ones that is not only just an avatar based app, but a social networking app, so it kind of works like a virtual world in that sense. Recently I’ve been encouraged to try out Zepeto, so I thought I would blog about it and see which other apps like this you guys spend time on.
Just a note before I start, the majority of these kinds of apps can only be used on a mobile device like a phone or tablet, but some may be used on a computer with the proper software like Bluestacks. These apps will be available on iTunes and the Google Play store.
Zepeto is the only avatar-based social network app that I have tried, and only because my friend Ruby made me. 😛 Zepeto is an app that lets you create a 3D animated version of yourself to use in in-app chatrooms. You can ‘meet’ other Zepeto characters on the ‘Zepeto street’, play games and take pictures with other Zepeto characters. The app is owned by Naver Corporation, the South Korean internet search giant.
I’ve been fiddling around with it, and honestly, it’s adorable. I haven’t been on it that much but I have changed my outfit a few times and taken some pictures using it. I also shared some of these pictures on my Instagram and Facebook. Ruby has been taking pictures with my avatar as well and I’ve been loving her images so here’s one of hers below, I’m the one in pink:
Here’s a short video I made using a screen recorder on my tablet while I was just going through some of the settings on Zepeto:
You can follow me on Zepeto if you like, I try to follow everyone back. My Zepeto code is VZLX65, leave your Zepeto code in the comments so others can follow you too. If you take any pictures of your avatar with my Zepeto avatar and upload to your social media, don’t forget to tag me so I can see it!
I know IMVU, is also an avatar-based social networking type app/world and people keep asking if I have ever tried it, I have not. What other avatar-based social networking type apps do you guys play around with?
Avatar Creation Apps
If you’re not into the whole social networking thing, but do like to create characters or avatars and dress them up in different ways, there are numerous avatar/character creation apps too. Here are some of the ones that I’ve tried and enjoyed.
With Bitmoji you can create your own cartoon based avatar emoji and use it on other social media or messenger apps. I have created a bitmoji for myself and use it sometimes for fun. This is a picture of what my Bitmoji currently looks like:
Dollify is another app that I recently played around with. I thought the characters you can create on it were so adorably beautiful, you should give it a try! Here’s my Dollify:
Another character creation app I used in the past was Live Portrait Maker (which is also web-based). Are there other avatar creation apps that you guys would recommend? Link them to me in the comments so I can try them out!
I took a bit of a break from my Second Life blogging for a little fun, but I’ll be back soon with more SL reviews and videos. Don’t forget to subscribe, and happy holidays!