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Seeing Rocket League in Fortnite was a great dystopian commercial for the metaverse

As I write this, I am listening to play-by-play of the 2022 Lower Quarterfinals game between The General NRG and Renegades rocket league World Championship. I’m listening to the game through the headphones plugged into my Xbox controller because I’m technically playing a game at the same time. I – as my childhood hero, Indiana Jones – crouch next to an action figure avatar of my best friend. My boyfriend lives in Chicago and I live in Los Angeles. I’m surrounded by screens, screens within screens. Our characters stare at the jumbo screen in front of them. I hear gunshots in the distance.

Fourteen days has hosted many previous events including an in-game demonstration by Christopher Nolans beginning, a film about dreams within dreams within dreams. Seeing this particular film in a video game was almost too flashy, devilish in its outrageous symbolism. Next to Roblox and VR chat, Fourteen days has shown the most promise of how a metaverse could not only work, but how it could appeal to people enough to get them to even try it. For all the money Mark Zuckerberg spends on the promise of the metaverse, and how much monotonous proselytizing he could do, his vision of the metaverse of virtual grocery stores and business meetings doesn’t deliver the utopia that will attract people enough to forego physical realities in favor of digital realities.

Fourteen days, on the other hand, delivers, and Epic knows it. Its in-game concerts are interactive, psychedelic, multi-sensory art installations, and its live events change the game’s world, sometimes in irreparable ways. There is a living, breathing feeling Fourteen days‘s vision of the Metaverse, which a Zuckerberg-led company may never be able to deliver. Combine that with ubiquitous cultural assets like superheroes and Star Wars characters, and a game willing and able to emulate and improve on the gameplay mechanics of other series, and you have a digital world that offers everything a certain type of player wants can only wish for.

While I knew all of this, I wasn’t fully prepared to see it rocket league Indoor World Cup Fourteen days. i made my love rocket league Esports known and I still watch it whenever I can. As good as last season was with its expanded schedule and season majors, the 2022 season was even better, with teams like Moist Esports, Falcons, and Furia climbing the ranks, and all-time favorites Team BDS and The General NRG struggling progressed over the season. Now the season is almost at its peak, the world championship tournament runs until Sunday and you can see everything while shooting at other players Fourteen days.

built with Fourteen days‘s creative mode, the rocket league Event is similar to a Dave & Busters. There are TVs everywhere, all playing whatever is happening on the matchup rocket league WM stream. You choose the team you want to win and go through the portal. You can either watch the game on a big screen in the lobby, or take part in a basically endless team deathmatch while you watch and listen rocket league Game currently taking place at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. When a team scores, fireworks for the corresponding team color light up the in-game sky.

A part of me can’t get over the sheer magnificence of the event. Since it’s in mid-August, just before school starts again, I said to my friend that if we had something like this in the summer holidays as kids, we would never go outside. Watching our favorite game during the summer holidays and playing one of our other favorite games at the same time was something we couldn’t even have imagined when we were young. Something like this would have blown our middle school students away.

Yet as a contemporary adult, this type of event seems almost mundane at this point. Sure, no other company really does anything like this, at least not as effectively as Epic, but Fourteen days has already proven capable of hosting anything it wants, even a digital museum housing a recreation of a historical civil rights march.

Now, I’m not a technological reactionary, but the banality is almost shocking. As much as I resist the jargon-filled blockchain and Web3 PR emails and sales pitches I receive from venture capitalists every day, it’s not hard to understand why these folks see a future where the digital world replaces the physical replaced. Being able to share the experience of watching professionals rocket league Matching my boyfriend while living in completely different cities was a joyful shared experience, something far too rare in my life these days.

Of course, the corporatocrats of Silicon Valley can only view the metaverse as another free market where anything can be commodified, and fairly enough so. After all, I paid big bucks to get the season pass so I could impersonate Indiana Jones. Epic’s artists tapped into my nostalgia, and I immediately gave in. And that’s what’s so scary to me. It’s so easy to get addicted when I let my guard down and so mundane that I shoot other people while attending this community event.

I watched for hours rocket league in Fourteen days. Those were hours I spent staring at a screen that showed me a video game that contained another screen that showed other people staring at their own screens, playing their own games while watching the whole Time shot at other players doing the same.
Digital dreams within digital dreams. talk about it beginning.

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