You might live in this world, but soon enough there will be others to populate (no, we're not talking about Mars, sorry Elon). Enter the metaverse, the hottest topic of 2021. Sometime this year, between the third and whatever pandemic wave we're now at, the term creeped into our lives - and it won't let go. This latest tech buzz has got the usual suspects (read Facebook/Meta, Microsoft, and the whole Silicon Valley bunch) coming around the block for a piece of the action, but smaller players are making a move, too. But what exactly is all this metaverse hype about? And what does it got to do with blockchain or NFTs or living 24/7 inside the internet? There's plenty to unpack, so let's jump right in.
How To Enter The Metaverse - A Step-by-Step Guide
Best Virtual Reality Tours You'll Want to Embark On Today
Another week, another lockdown. 2021 sure isn't giving us all the send-off we had hoped for, so better buckle up for a few more months of being mostly stuck at home, zooming and memeing our way through live (and work). But believe it or not, you can still realize your traveling dreams and make up for lost time, without ever stepping outside your house. There are plenty of virtual reality tours that you can take right now and trust us, they're almost as good as a real-life trip. To help you get trough the pandemic blues, we put together a list with the best VR tours we think are packed with plenty of action, adventure and excitement to make you forget the current state of affairs. Pick up your VR headset, fasten your seatbelt and head somewhere new.
16 Best Indie VR Games to Play Right Now
Gaming is great. But playing in virtual reality it's simply (and forgive us for the pun) a whole other game. It's hard to beat the experience of being IN a game, which is why VR is quickly becoming the favorite medium for so many of us. And when it comes to titles to play, fortunately there are hundreds of great options, from fan favorites like Half-Life Alyx and 'Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, to lesser known experiences created by indie developers, like Into the Radius. With so much to choose from, we decided to make things easier for you and picked the 16 best indie VR games that you're sure to enjoy.
Best VR Games for Meditation and Relaxation
With Halloween behind us now, we can almost hear the jingle bells (or, most likely, Mariah Carey) already echoing in the distance. And as the weather gets frostier, it's that time of the year to reach for the blankets, grab a hot chocolate and enjoy a relaxing evening. Fortunately, there are great VR options that are sure to take you to whole new level of mindfulness and relaxation. Whether you're just looking for a quick guided meditation session or you're in for a more playful and engaging experience, here's a list of the best VR games that will help you shed some stress and enjoy your 'me time' to the fullest.
13 Best VR Horror Games to Play on Halloween
Spooky season is just around the corner, everyone. There won’t not be much fanfare this year (again) so you might want to save the creepy costumes and the trick-or-treating for 2022. But that doesn't mean you can't get your Halloween buzz elsewhere. Thankfully, there are plenty of virtual reality games ready to give you the frights and jump scares you've been craving for all year. We've put together a list of the best VR horror games to indulge in during this Halloween. Enter at your own peril...
5 Things To Know Before Buying a VR Headset
The 'Year of VR' has been ushered in at least once every year for the last decade. But as much hype as the technology has generated in the past, it has largely fallen flat. At least so far. From cartoonish graphics to clunky gear, the complaints over the rollout of virtual reality have been many. And that's made it incredibly difficult for people to consider embracing it. But one thing is for sure, the virtual world is here to stay. 2021 has proven that there's plenty of success to be found in building virtual worlds where users can purchase plots of land, snap up ultra stylish houses, buy Louis Vuitton virtual garments or attend Ariana Grande concerts. This has renewed interest in the metaverse - loosely described as a shared and persistent virtual environment that combines real-life and digital experiences into one space, powered by virtual reality. This is where purchasing a VR headset becomes an important decision if you're looking to get the best out of your experience. So, here are five things to consider and know before pulling out the wallet to make an investment in a VR gadget.
Best Real-World VR Uses
VR is not just about gaming anymore. It's entering other facets of day to day life at a breakneck speed. From planning your next trip to purchasing your first house, immersive technology can lend a helping hand in optimizing experiences. And as the world is finally getting real about virtual reality, it's perhaps a good idea to get up to speed with what's going on in the world of immersive technologies and what exactly are they being used for.
Best Tools For VR Painting, Sculpting and 3D Modeling
Virtual reality has, for the most part, been associated with gaming and education. However, digital technologies, such as VR, are experiencing transformative uses in art and design. VR devices are fast becoming a creativity tool that we can use to create 3D art, from sculpting to painting and animation. Imagine having an idea, picking up your virtual sketchbook and seeing your thoughts come to life, straight from your mind into a 3D canvas. Not only that, but VR technology allows you to think big, we mean really BIG. You can create at whatever scale you want and navigate your virtual environment however you want, like walking around or through your designs. Whether what you're looking for is painting, modeling, sculpting or animating, there's plenty of software for creating art in VR, which makes knowing where to get started quite the challenge. That's why we put this list together. Without further delay, and in no particular order, here are the best VR art-making applications you might consider downloading.
Digital Immortality: Deciphering A Modern Promise Of Eternal Lives
We’ve tried it all. The mediums, the necromancers, the seances and the Ouija boards. There are also the mummies, the cyborgs, the cryonized, the genetically engineered and the biohackers. And yet, no matter how creative humans have tried being, we’re no closer to cheating the grim reaper than we were when we thought that drinking mercury was the key to everlasting life. Mankind has been chasing immortality for millennia. All the bizarre iterations aside, it’s fair to say that something lurking in the depths of our nature wants to desperately transcend biological limitations - and ultimately transcend death itself. More than just biological, immortality seems to be the ultimate human spiritual need. Vanity or not, we are also wired to want to be remembered forever by leaving behind a legacy that can outlive us and be shared with future generations. And while the formula for the ‘Elixir of Life’ is yet to be found, we are now edging closer to a transdimensional plane of existence that partially solves this age-old problem. Maybe the issue all along was less about preventing biological death but finding new ways to extend our current existence. That’s exactly where digital technologies play their part.