One year ago I committed myself to Virtual Reality Internet, with the hope of having a noticeable impact on the future direction of the internet. It was a bold ambition with no guarantee of success. Today I would like to think I’ve made fairly significant progress towards my original goal.
The first few months there was a ton of half-finished experimentation, some decent technical progress, but the structure of the 3D internet was still very fuzzy. Over the next few months, The idea of what the metaverse should be became clear, and I became aware that my goal would take more work than I thought I could do.
Starting in early September, I set out to kick my work into high gear with the Oculus connect convention. Two weeks of hard work resulted in something that resembled the original Doom game or worse. It was a moderate success, considering the state of early social VR, but I wanted more. I was disillusioned with it because it seemed so hard, but I persevered, keeping my eye on the grand prize.
Thousands of hours in Blender and dozens, if not hundreds of experiments later, I decided to go back and redo my first major attempt. I gave myself the same time constraints and used the same basic design. Two days ago it was finished. Fourteen hours a day for two weeks… non stop. It turned out to be a fantastic success. With the help of Allan ‘Aussie’ Parker, we broke the social VR record for most people in a room at one time. Everyone who showed up was fascinated with the direction of the MetaVerse and incredibly excited for the future of the internet.
From complete noob to current record holder… It was SO MUCH work, but I would like to think I’ve had quite an impact on the future of the internet. The people involved in the beginning of this, I hope, will benefit immensely from the first major wave of VR. I’ve made some great friends, some great business connections and built up my skills to a level I never thought possible. The next year should be absolutely unbelievable.
Thanks to everyone who helped, and especially to James McCrae for building JanusVR, the best Virtual Reality internet browser around.
See you in the MetaVerse.