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Humanoids

One of my fellow students, Karin, wrote a fair share of her blogs about the Japanese character Hatsune Miku. Check out Karins blog if you want to know more about her.One of her latest blogs (‘Marrying Hatsune Miku’) covered the phenomenon of people marrying non-people. Come again? At least, that was my initial response. I couldn’t imagine a man marrying something as…

Marrying Hatsune Miku

Marrying your idol? I’m pretty sure some of you out there have dreamt of such a thing. Marrying your favorite virtual character? I don’t know about you, but my fantasies haven’t gone that far. Yet, there are people who actually want to make such a fantasy become a reality.  Kondo Akihito, the man in the video, decided to get married to the…

Scientology and the stars

In my previous blog I discussed the Anonymous banner and what it’s used for. The event that changed their status from ‘trolls on 4chan’ to the group they are nowadays was the attack on Scientology, where they claimed removing the Tom Cruise Scientology interview was censorship. This is a pretty famous interview, and if you’ve seen it, you know why. If not,…

Video games: eternally controversial

In class, we discussed how gender roles have been portrayed in video games through time. There were some worrying discoveries we looked at, something which really isn’t explored or acknowledged among the general gaming population. In the year that is 2018, I think these are crucial topics to explore in order to progress towards a more neutral gaming culture. If something available…

VR and the courtroom

With our exploration of the history of VR in class, came very interesting stories. One that specifically caught my attention was the early sexual assault case that was mentioned, which helped the foundation of certain rules and guidelines in the virtual world. This got me thinking; with VR growing more and more essential in many industries in society (space science, medicine, business…

Black Mirror – by J.

My mind immediately thought of the popular dark series, Black Mirror, when we began our topic of video games and virtual reality (VR). Episode 1, Season 4. The ultimate episode that accurately reflects our dreams, aspirations and fears about what could be our future of VR.  Episode Summary (Warning: Spoiler Alerts!!!) “By day, Robert Daly is the CTO of a tech-entertainment company,…

Humanity through VR

“It connects humans to other humans in a profound way that I’ve never seen before in any other form of media. And it can change people’s perception of each other. And that’s how I think virtual reality has the potential to actually change the world.” (Milk, 2015) What makes VR different from other forms of media is that it can create a sense of presence, which…