I got to thinking that, short of a real multi-user environment, it would add interest to have some of the original avatars in the worlds – they could even wander about. I’ve done a few experiments and it’s starting to look fairly close to the original:
(apologies to JamesC for nicking his name, but I wanted a close comparison with one of the few clear images from the original application to survive on the www:
This turned out to be rather trickier than first expected or rather it is tricky to maintain the pixelated look. The Century Gothic font isn’t quite the same – maybe a bit of stretching is in order.
Also I couldn’t recall whether the whole avatar should have a billboard so it always faces the viewer, or just the floating name, or neither. Since there is a back view in the original avatar frames, I opted for having just the name billboarded. Ultimately I’ll animate the avatars.