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Dis/Unity: Why game engines are central to the metaverse

Maxwell Foxman

In September 2023, Unity had to eat its words as the game production community ā€œunitedā€ against the platform (Parrish, 2023b). Developers…


Beyond boundaries: Navigating art and the ethics of hyper-reality

Aurelia O’Neil

If youā€™ve just lost ability to differentiate between simulated reality and the authentic one, youā€™ve attained hyperreality…


Black and white image of a woman in a VR headset in the foreground, with a neurtral expression. In the background there is a man in a lab coat next to an early computer. He is looking at the woman in the foreground
The Power of Technology Companies in Shaping XR News Discourse

Emma Kaylee Graves

According to Evans (2019), the re-emergence of virtual reality (VR) began in 2015. A few years earlier, in 2012, multiple large technology companies…


The body as data: Immersive technology and biometric artistic performance

Lucy Sparrow, Caiti Galwey, Ben Loveridge, Solange Glasser, Margaret Osborne, and Ryan Kelly

The performer Sarah Nicolls sits poised at a piano at a darkened concert hall in London. This is no ordinary recitalā€”strapped around her arms are Myo Armbands that track her arm movements, allowing her to generate curious and unnerving sounds through gesture…


Woman sitting wearing Apple's Vision Pro headset looking directly at the camera with a slight smile. The headset covers her eyes, but on the headset is a live video feed of where her eyes are looking
The identity, emotion, and gaze behind Apples’s Vision Pro

Chris Chesher

When AppleĀ introduced their Vision ProĀ it represented another iteration of the immersive head-mounted display dating back to Ivan Sutherlandā€™s experiments in the 1960s, but with a difference…


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Who wants to govern the metaverse?

Ben Egliston, Marcus Carter, and Kate Euphemia Clark

The governance of the ā€˜metaverseā€™, underpinned by extended reality (XR) technology, has garnered increasing attention from policymakers, industry, and regulators….


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Dying in VR/AR/XR: Rehearsing to get it right

Tonya Meyrick, Stefan Greuter, Kiah Hawker and Luke Heemsbergen

Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Extended Reality (XR) are mediating technologies uniquely positioned to explore and experience death…