Why I Think The Metaverse Will Fail Spectacularly
If you haven’t heard of The Metaverse by now, you’re probably living under a rock (a real one, not a virtual one, I presume). The Metaverse is the new dystopian reality envisioned by Mark F..*cough* Zuckerberg. You get to put on your chosen virtual reality headset and plug into a world away from your current woes. Meet up with friends. Attend rock concerts. Visit landmarks.
First off, I thought the Metaverse was going to at least be a bandaid for all our real world problems. Really, wouldn’t that have subdued the public? I could totally have seen this as a smart way to reduce the possibility of any working class uprising. Rather than replicating all our current class problems by giving people more videogame-like controls over their second reality, folks at the top were quick to mimic the capitalist system of the ‘real’ world and project it onto the Metaverse. I mean, even Second Life was more rewarding. Even in the virtual Metaverse world, people will not be able to transcend their real life issues of poverty or unstable housing, with real estate in the Metaverse amounting to several hundreds of thousands of dollars already.
And the graphics!!! Puke!!! I’ve never seen such primitive graphics before in my life. I assume these are going to be the first to improve, but still, whats the actual point of placing yourself in another realm and watching the sun set if you cannot smell the fresh air? If you cannot feel the wind blowing through your hair and cooling your neck? Or feeling the warmth of the sunshine on your face? Many of our actual little appreciations of life aren’t visual or auditory at all.
Also why can’t there be a limitless amount of worlds? Like Minecraft servers, or something. Don’t like such and such world? Develop your own! The monopolization of the Metaverse is just Mark and his buddies wagging their crotches in our faces. Eat shit, serfs!
I’m not dissing all of Virtual Reality. I think that VR has potential, but moreso in the realm of gaming. I play a lot of VR games with my Oculus Quest 2 headset. While I don’t think these games are for everyone, particularly for those suffering from light sensitivity or who get dizzy easily, I do love the real life-like feeling of archery that I get while playing In Death. While I’ve never been a big roller coaster fan, roller coasters in VR is a nice baby introduction.
Also sneaking up behind someone in Onward and stabbing them is oddly satisfying. So is crouching down and sniping someone who doesn’t know you’re there. Blade and Sorcery Nomad is almost too realistic with their graphics. Some games bring out my inner psychopathic serial killer.
Yeah, on second thought, maybe it’s indeed better off keeping some things in the virtual world.