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Thursday, June 02, 2022

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Luther Weymann

I can remember back with my first Second Life avatar in January 2004. Many of the avatars running around SL had Snow Crash like swords strapped to their back, and many of the first names were Hiro. They had all read Snow Crash, Phil read Snow Crash, and I read Snow Crash. Many of us imagined we were in the Snow Crash Metaverse in the early beginning of SL.

Martin K.

Doesn't it drive you crazy when people talk in all seriousness about what Neal Stephenson got wrong about the Metaverse, e.g.: https://youtu.be/11cEqGDjvcU?t=2347 ? :D

I still think that most people use the word "Metaverse" to more or less mean "hip virtual world."

Also, I think it is very well possible that Marc Petit is fully aware that most VR users don't care about legs and arms and that somewhat more realistic avatars are likely to have a negative effect thanks to the uncanny valley, but he claims otherwise anyway because: what do VRChat, Rec Room and Horizon Worlds have in common? None of them is using Unreal Engine.

Adeon

Metaverse is most closely translated as "New Internet Thing"

People want it to have more of a meaning, but that's all it means.

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