The Metaverse engages users with stories, weaving different mediums, curious minds, and digital creativity into immersive experiences. As active users of the metaverse, we entangle extensions of our selves into this nest, adding to the fabric that braids it together.
There’s a variation of virtual platforms out there to explore; some come in the form of mobile apps or console games, while others are specifically dedicated to being open-world environments. The key aspect about these virtual spaces is that they’re often a production of the users who explore them, and a reflection of their creativity. If you’re feeling inspired and want to be a part of that creative process, check out some of the popular virtual platforms, tools and resources collected here. There’s a space for everyone to be expressive and expand on your own creativity, at any skill level.
The metaverse is a canvas that expands with your own experience and interaction within it. Virtual Worlds exist in various shapes and forms — below are a few platforms you can begin exploring immediately. While some are antiquated, and others still in their early stages of development, VR spaces offer a very unique canvas to play with.
Opensim An open-source server platform for hosting virtual environments. Limited support and content but recommended for personal experiments and sandbox practice.
Sansar is a social virtual reality platform developed and owned by Linden Lab. It has been in creator-beta since 2017, and supports the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
Sinespace is a free-to-play Unity 3D based MMO platform, created and published by Sine Wave Entertainment. It supports Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and windows mixed reality headsets.
METAVERSE is text
“In the age of hypertext . . . our notions of the medium (and consequently of research, knowledge, and knowledge dissemination) are undergoing such vast changes that it would be inconceivable simply to proceed with our study of word-based texts in a manner that is unengaged with such changes”Rey Chow
METAVERSE is Dance
“Less an object than an event, the digital text emerges as a dance between artificial and human intelligences, machine and natural languages, as these evolve together through time . . .”N.Katherine Hayles, “The Time of Digital Poetry”
METAVERSE is Reflexive
“A state of continuous construction and reconstruction . . . where anything goes that can be negotiated. Each reality of self gives way to reflexive questioning, irony, and ultimately the playful probing of yet another reality. The center fails to hold”Sherry Turkle, Life On The Screen
METAVERSE is You, Embodied
“The move to online goes hand in hand with the fullest possible expression of self in the online environment: at this time, the avatar. ”Edward Castronova, Exodus to the Virtual World