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Adeon Writer

Honestly it's fine if Metaverse wants to go with this style of avatars.

I don't think it will compete with virtual worlds that let you be full custom models, but that's not the point. What they're doing CAN work. Plenty of apps go with Horizon's approach: Rec Room, Miis, and Xbox Avatars are notable examples where it works.

What DOESN'T work is using Mark Zuckerburg's likeness. Like, no offense to the dude, but, just make generic people with the avatar system for the promotional material. Mark's likeness doesn't exactly show off what the system can do.

Stop putting Mark's likeness in Meta PR material! I don't know if it's ego or if he's just really proud of his avatar, but really... staaaahp. XD

Otherwise the memes will just never stop.

seph

"It reportedly took Meta’s 3D artist forty attempts to get the realistic version of Mark’s avatar approved, suggesting it very much reflects his (and therefore Meta’s) vision for the Metaverse."

Ebbe and Oberwolf went for ultra-real avatars that resembled themselves. Rod went for a messiah version of himself. I'd argue Philip meant to resemble himself too...with what was possible in 2006 or before. They all also had other people create and re-create their avatars, and its meant nothing about their intention of forcing others to have certain kinds of avatars.

I wouldn't read anything into how Mark chooses to look and what effort it took.

We have a Horizon avatar editor, as basic as it is, to look at and make opinions about. We have the Meta Avatar creator too. It's clear Meta wants us to have cartoony Sims-like avatars for now and that's about it...

Wagner James Au

Let me personally reassure you that Philip's original SL avatar in motorcycle chaps, handlebar mustache, and rainbow-colored codpiece was Philip's own creation.

Adeon Writer

Good point with Philip. So, it's great if a CEO makes his own avatar in their virtual world, but he or she should keep it far, far away from the advertising team.

CEO's avatars look terrible, we've got a trend line to show it now.

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