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Well, it didn’t take long to pick up some valuable lessons from my little VR experiment this morning.

  1. These avatar-based social rooms are still in the hobbyist stage and are terribly clunky and confusing;
  2. The anonymity of these places means the 12-year-olds (mentally, at least) show up;
  3. It’s not surprising that, in my exploration of the various products available out there, in spite of hundreds of millions in funding, I’ve yet to find a room with more than two or three people in it. Anywhere.

I will say this for my VR set, though: the best thing going is Beat Sabre, which my family plays all the time now. Here’s a taste:

Slope’s Virtual Room

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Let’s light this candle, shall we?

Look, don’t get your hopes up. This is just an experiment. But it could be fun. The good news is that you don’t need anything special. You don’t need to download anything. You don’t even need a VR rig (although it makes it more fun). All you need is a browser, which I strongly suspect you’ve got, and click here. Once you are there, change the avatar, and for goodness sake, change the name to something meaningful. Hopefully some of you will have a microphone headset so we can talk, but it’s OK if you just float around. Like I said, this is an experiment. Let’s see if one or two of us can bump into each other virtually. Come on in!