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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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Martin K.

Discussing the definition of "Metaverse" that you employ in the book would certainly be a good idea.

If you employ a definition that is very close to the use of the term in "Snow Crash", it would be interesting why a concept from a book that was designed to serve the story of that book would matter outside of that book. Personally, I believe that we have to expect many differences between the Metaverse of Snow Crash and successful metaverse apps in the real world. And that's probably a good reason to employ a wider definition of "Metaverse" (or of "metaverse apps").

One trap that many people fall into is to argue that the Metaverse/metaverse apps matter because of all the applications of virtual reality/virtual worlds (for training, simulation, gaming, education, etc.). That's obviously not true, because we can have most of those applications without metaverse apps.

One important difference (if not the most important difference) between metaverse apps and other virtual worlds is probably the aspect of community. And maybe that's a good starting point for a broad definition of metaverse apps: virtual worlds that support the formation of communities, which might already give away the reason why they matter.

Adeon

Outside of the fictional Metaverse (the one filled with Rat Things and boucner daemons, and virtual viruses that make you speak in tongues) there is no official defintion of the Metaverse.

If you're not talking about the one from the fictional dystopian novel, you're just making up your own definition; and you are no more right or wrong than anyone else who says their new smart-fridge is The Metaverse.

It's a filler word, use it how you please to get some extra clicks.

Lex4art

Good luck with the book, I definitely will keep an eye on this )

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