I talked about it a bit on a few shows, and even wrote about my 5 year anniversary with the game. But, be sure to go check the game out and you will see some startling similarities between There and Free Realms. Not that that is a bad thing, being that There provided hours and hours of political talk, exploring, and meeting new people just like Free Realms does, but I am just so curious as to how the developers of There view Free Realms.
Go to http://www.there.com to download the game and try it out.
There feels more sluggish than Free Realms, and There's controls could use some updating to modern MMO standards, but the graphics are still nice and the game still runs smoothly.
The big, big difference? In There you can make your very own clothes, cars and all sorts of items. You can take the "Skin" of a car, for example, paint it in Photo Shop and submit it to the developers for approval. Within a few days your item is approved (as long as it isn't breaking any rules, something I wish Second Life would enforce even though it would take so much time) and you can drive around in a car with your design on it.
There has had voice chat for years, as well as streaming music. Video is in There as well, I think, but I haven't played as much within the last 6 months. But I did play the heck out of this game for a few years. We would sit up late at night having conversations, or when my wife went through several months of working out of town that game provided me with hours and hours of exploring, socializing, and fun.
My There account is now 5 years old, and I think I'm going to try to investigate the communities feelings about Free Realms. I have a feeling that they will just continue playing, as they did when the game was warning that it might be shut down, twice.
It's a tough little game..it keeps going. And I'm glad.