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Shaping Culture in Social VR: Lessons from the Wild

Joshua McVeigh-Schultz (Postdoctoral Researcher, Social & Emotional Technology Lab, UCSC)

Location: Room 202, South Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 2:10pm - 2:40pm

Pass Type: All Access, VRDC Add On - Get your pass now!

Topic: Entertainment VR/AR

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: Intermediate

In the growing ecology of social VR, even small design choices can have an out-sized influence on how user cultures evolve. This talk gathers insights from industry experts to propose a design framework for supporting the kinds of positive social interactions you want to have in this new medium. Applications in this emerging landscape include: Rec Room, High Fidelity, VRChat, Mozilla Hubs, Altspace VR, AnyLand, and Facebook Spaces. Drawing from interviews with industry experts, this talk identifies specific design lessons related to onboarding, aesthetics of place, context cues, embodied affordances, media bridging, social mechanics, and moderation.

Takeaway

In the growing ecology of social VR, even small design choices can have an outsized influence on how user cultures evolve. This talk gathers insights from industry experts to propose a design framework for supporting the kinds of positive social interactions you want to have in this new medium.

Intended Audience

This talk is for people interested in social VR and in design lessons from industry experts in this field. The talk assumes some familiarity with major applications in this domain, such as: VRChat, AltspaceVR, High Fidelity, Rec Room, etc. Otherwise the materials is relevant for a range of experience levels.