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Scarp Godenot

To me, what makes virtual worlds fully real right now is the complicated interaction with other people, learning about who they really are using this particular medium.

You can sincerely communicate with these others, sometimes using your own voice but with the added dimension of visualizing the creative appearance of the avatar they have made. And this all happens inside of an apparent 3d space you can move around in, or be animated in.

I must say to the skeptics, that you can fully immerse yourself with suspension of disbelief to such an extent that you actually 'inhabit' your avatar.

I know it sounds strange to those who haven't experienced this first hand, but apparent touching, such as sitting on a couch chatting, with a cuddling couples animation, feels emotional. It is a real connection. Dancing with a couples animation elicits an emotional response as well. Hugging and/or kissing with your avatars feels meaningful to both of you.

It just does. Asking why is irrelevant.

So what is real? The connections with others is very very real.

If you haven't experienced this, seek it out. You will find what I say is true. The virtual world makes this possible. It's not called virtual REALITY for nothing...

JohnC

Although I agree with all you say, and have personal experience of it. I do not think that the experiences you describe are what the new wave of VR salesmen call Virtual reality. You are simply talking about a mental shift in consciousness. They, I am sure, mean a far more hardware evolved assault on the senses. But in fact maybe in the end a mental trick is all it is, even when plugged into virtual machines, all that happens is a transfer of belief, that does not actually need all the heavy tech attached. VR Headsets are just mental crutches for those who cannot manage the leap from real to virtual unaided. Maybe VR headsets are nothing at all to do with Virtual reality, just a new form of entertainment, Like 3D cinema is nothing like real life, although it is supposed to make it seem more real. Virtual reality is an imagined idea that we now have headsets to experience.

Lapiscean Liberty

From the moment you created an Avatar in your own image, it was real.

JohnC

So it's not virtual reality then.

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