It’s easy to see the goal of bitcoin and DAO projects. Pump and dump, often in just a few hours. Cheap riches for the real-world swindlers who run the fake world. The dumps aren’t especially large by Wall Street standards, but 100k for a few keystrokes is an extremely high ROI.
Well then, what’s the goal of the metaverse? Development is tremendously costly. Zuck has spent 15 billion so far, and Apple is probably in the same range. Payback is zero, with no obvious hope of rising.
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However, The Wall Street Journal has interviewed a number of Meta employees who have branded their own project unusable. It estimates that metaverse registrations are 300,000 people shy of the company’s 2022 goal. It also estimates that a majority of worlds built by creators are never visited by anyone other than their creator. Just 10% earn visits from more than 50 people.
Metaverse vice president Vishal Shah expressed frustration with Horizon Worlds’ current state. He sent a memo telling employees that they need to use the rest of the year to “ensure that we fix our quality gaps and performance issues before we open up Horizon to more users. … The simple truth is, if we don’t love it, how can we expect our users to love it?”
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Compare this with the CG “worlds” I’ve been building for many years. There’s a clear pattern in the downloads and ratings. Most of them get about 100 downloads and 6 or 7 raters, which is better than most of the metaverse “worlds”.
The Lonely Railways set has 15 raters and 300 downloads. Also, this is the only set that I (“their creator”) use constantly for my own purposes. The top icon of this blog is located there, and most of the recent interior scenes as well.
Places that call on my own EXPERIENCE in Oklahoma and Kansas, or models of radios and machines I’ve actually USED, are the most popular. The sets that follow old pictures and patents of ancient places and machines are much less popular, to me and to the viewers.
Build what you know.
Nobody lives inside a VR headset, so it’s permanently impossible to KNOW or LOVE the world from that viewpoint.