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R & R: Resources and Recreation
Hot Picks
Royal Chat

-- by Dave Raffo

No matter how crowded, online chat rooms have the atmosphere of solitary confinement. The Palace, a beefed-up CD-ROM version of what had been a free download, lets you put a face with your name. Create your own avatar by importing photos or graphics, or selecting from the program's collection of props. But the best parts of The Palace are the servers built by companies such as Capital Records, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures and MTV. Visit the House of Blues or get lucky at the VirtualVegas Craps Palace.

$49.95. The Palace, 503-626-7575, fax 503-626-8065.

Copyright 1997 CMP Media Inc.

(From Windows Magazine, January 1997, page 321.)