VR Chat Funny Moments Pt. 12 from OMG Games

Gibson and his fellow cyberpunk pioneers envisioned cyberspace as a dark, digital layer laid over the real world. Shielded by anonymity and clad in super-powered skin, hackers (or deckers or whatever) would jack into cyberspace to do some pretty cool stuff. They’d peddle information in virtual back alleys, hack into colorfully-rendered corporate servers, dodging or battling dangerous security programs in real-time. They’d explore the mysteries of the web, the dark corners where advanced artificially-intelligent constructs held sway.

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But let’s be real. Hackers do not need a resource-hogging virtual world to hack. Clandestine dealings are much easier to perform face-to-face or in a text-based setting. And no corporation is ever going to spend serious resources to make their internet security measures look like a horde of polygonal dragons.

But say you and your friends want to gather together as a swarm of Ugandan Knuckles and playfully harass a Dragon Ball character around a campfire. In that case, cyberspace is the place to be.

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As removed as it may be from the dark and gritty virtual worlds we pictured back in the day, VRChat still manages to feel very “old internet.” It’s rough. It’s glitchy. It’s wild and untamed. It’s a place where seasoned veterans (or as seasoned as one can get in the year since the program launched) decked out in wild custom constructs mingle with neophytes sporting stock avatars.

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Those “old internet” feelings also stir while exploring the countless worlds players have already created during VRChat’s relatively short period of existence. If you want to find something cool to see or someplace fun to hang out, you’ve got to go look for it. It reminds me of the pre-Facebook and Twitter days, before the most interesting bits of the internet started showing up on feeds.

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Opening a portal to a new VRChat world feels like the beginning of an adventure. A Kamen Rider walks into a bar.

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He heads upstairs, where a karaoke stage is set up. His sudden appearance frightens a user wearing a Unity Chan avatar off the stage, disappearing to parts unknown before he can apologize. Feeling akward, the Kamen Rider opens the world menu, closes his eyes and clicks on a random spot.

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Well, this looks familiar. The Kamen Rider watches other people drive about the lawsuit-inviting track for a bit, wanting to get into a kart himself but not wanting to make a fool of himself trying to figure out how. He returns to the hub, where he finishes off his visit stalking a wild bandicoot.

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The possibilities are endless, and not all of them are silly. In the same campfire area where the Knuckles army took on Vegeta, I listened to a woman with an amazing voice softly singing in a language I didn’t understand. It was a beautiful little moment. She was probably just AFK doing the laundry or something, but dammit, I had feels.

VRChat is not the gleaming chrome cyber-frontier of my dreams, and that’s fine. The real world is dark and gritty enough, and that calls for an escape into something lighter. As a wise man once said, sometimes you’ve got to dare to be stupid. VRChat dares.

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VRChat is available as a free download on Steam. Despite the name, you don’t need VR gear to play. So go play.