Project Title: What is the Culture of Virtual Reality?
BASIS Advisor: Ashley Bulldis & Aaron Glanzer
Internship Location: Raft
Onsite Mentor: Bharaat Sharma
Virtual Reality is a place like any other with its own culture and customs. However, modern virtual experience designers all too often act as if the culture of virtual reality was just the same as any other, which leads them to make blind design decisions. My aim with this project is to, through virtual interviews with real virtual users and a rich understanding of user interactions, discover the composition of virtual culture. I will then compile what I have discovered into a narrative document that explains the culture of virtual reality through the stories and opinions of ten different virtual users from a variety of experiences and backgrounds.
Looking back on my experiences in VR, I can scarcely imagine how such a fantastic place can exist. It’s magical how parts of so many different worlds are pieced together by all the different people present. I believe that VR is a necessary experience for everyone, and I sincerely hope that its user base continues […]
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This week, I took a break from VR to work on learning Ruby on Rails. I’ve discussed it before briefly, but to refresh your memory, Rails (as its name is shortened to) is a web development framework. Using Rails, you can create every part of a website in one place, including the databases, code, the website […]
Welcome back to Compuculture! I’m happy to say that, this week, the first interviews have begun. Right off the bat, I’ve been floored by how excited people in VR are to do interviews. One of my major fears was that most if not all players would be disinterested in conducting an interview, but much to […]
Welcome back to the Compuculture blog! That character you see there is me — in Virtual Reality! The first experience I’m using for my virtual interviews is called Rec Room, a free-to-play game in VR. The VR headset I’m using is called the HTC Vive. It’s a modern headset featuring 3D tracking. That means that, […]
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This week, I did research on the nature of digital communities and set up many accounts and systems for my upcoming internship at Raft. Research On the research side, I started at the basics. My question was “Why do people participate in virtual communities?” The answer was provided mainly by Cultures of Anyone, a book […]
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