Into the Metaverse: Is Virtual Reality Better than REALITY?

Written by Shukuru Amos

I am the founder of Tanzlite Digital, Creator, Author of Mbele Ya Muda, and the most followed Tanzanian marketer on LinkedIn.

Posted February 8, 2022

In one of my articles about Marketing in the Metaverse, I wrote; “I am not sure what will be left about meaningful human interaction if a substantial part of our day-to-day life will be conducted virtually. That will depend on whether virtual reality is better than reality.

But since we now care about nothing else other than profit-making, the metaverse has mouth-watering promises to businesses”.

Well, the father of PlayStation, Ken Kutaragi, has recently expressed similar concerns. He is not impressed with our new favorite buzzword — the Metaverse.

“Being in the real world is very important, but the metaverse is about making quasi-real in the virtual world, and I can’t see the point of doing it,” he said

You would rather be a polished avatar instead of your real self? That’s essentially no different from anonymous messageboard sites. Headsets would isolate you from the real world, and I can’t agree with that. Headsets are simply annoying.

Ken Katuragi

He especially finds the idea of wearing VR and AR headsets in order to experience the metaverse “simply annoying”. The 71-year-old Kutaragi believes that people would rather have tech blend in with the existing reality.

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I agree with him. If our agreed mantra is to be “realistic with oneself”, then the metaverse may not be such a good idea. Because it separates you from reality.

Elon Musk agrees that the metaverse is pointless

What do you think of the Metaverse? I personally think each one of us will have to wait and find out whether a “polished avatar” of you is better than “the real you”.

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