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22岁女孩教你如何进入元宇宙

22岁女孩教你如何进入元宇宙

FELICIA HOU 2021-12-13
简单来说,元宇宙就是一系列人们可以用不同方式互动的虚拟平台。

本文作者在Decentraland平台上的虚拟形象截图。图片来源:Felicia Hou

22岁的我成长于数字时代,因此我总是以为自己对最新技术创新一清二楚。但在最初接到深入研究元宇宙的任务时,我不得不承认我依旧不清楚什么是元宇宙以及该从何处入手。

元宇宙几乎融合了虚拟现实、增强现实和物理现实,并且模糊了在线互动和现实生活之间的界限。但简单来说,元宇宙就是一系列人们可以用不同方式互动的虚拟平台,例如Sandbox、Mirandus和Decentraland等。自从马克·扎克伯格宣布Facebook将更名为Meta并投资至少100亿美元开发元宇宙之后,元宇宙开始引起广泛关注。随着越来越多人押注嵌入元宇宙的未来,企业也已经开始在这个数字空间开拓新业务。

我登陆了深受全球用户欢迎的元宇宙平台之一Decentraland。要参与大部分此类平台,如Sandbox等,首先你需要有自己的加密货币钱包和一台Windows个人电脑。这两个条件我都不满足,不过我并不打算进行任何买卖,因此我可以在MacBook电脑上以游客的身份慢慢探索虚拟世界。

如果你想要完整的元宇宙体验,一台笔记本电脑可能远远不够。虽然智能手机和电脑都能处理《堡垒之夜》(Fortnite)和《动物森友会》(Animal Crossing)等多人游戏,但它们的处理能力不足以应对有数以百万计用户的整个元宇宙。因此,Facebook的元宇宙愿景包括Oculus虚拟现实头盔或增强现实眼镜。

创建虚拟形象

进入元宇宙之前需要做的第一件事是创建虚拟形象。通过面板中的各种选项可以定制发型和眼睛的颜色、服饰甚至配饰。我的虚拟形象着装非常糟糕,所以我当然要给它换一身衣服。

开始探索

在花几个小时选定完美的服装(一件浅粉色搭配工装裤,来逃离纽约的寒冬)之后,我终于来到了创世纪广场,这里是Decentraland世界的起点。这是我所见过的这个平台上最拥挤的区域,随着周围的环境逐渐显示出来,我身边开始出现其他人的虚拟形象。当一个人靠近我的时候,我能模模糊糊听到有人在说话。

我用十分钟时间掌握了如何让我的虚拟形象行走,然后我决定通过地图传送到下一个地点。毕竟,这是元宇宙,谁还需要步行呢?镜头拉远,屏幕变成了一个网格,我可以在其中查看和参观其他用户创建的空间。

有个空间起了一个很好玩的名字“我们是Polkadot!”,这引起了我的兴趣。但在进入这个空间之后,我发现只有我自己站在一个几乎空荡荡的房间里。房间角落有一台自动售货机(或者是自动电唱机?),于是我很快退出了这个空间。

我再次打开地图。这一次我来到了一个名叫“加密货币山谷”的空间,这也是一个空荡荡的白色房间,里面只有一些六边形的区块链设计。我想,如果元宇宙已经变得非常庞大,那么其他用户都在哪里?

玩游戏

后来我发现,许多人都在玩游戏,具体地说是一款名叫《Wonder Mine Crafting Game》的游戏。这个游戏的背景是陨石撞击地球,而用户可以从陨石坑中挖掘矿物和金钱。我挖到了一些铜,并且赚到了3枚Wondercoin,这是Decentraland中的货币。(注:这次我没有花费任何现实世界里的金钱。每一个虚拟形象诞生时都有100枚Wondercoin。)

交友

在玩游戏时,我抓住机会与其他人聊天。虽然在元宇宙中你可以化身成任何人,但我还是注意到,我所见过的所有虚拟形象都是男性。

我在聊天室中问:“你们最喜欢元宇宙的什么方面?”

有个人非常热心地回答道:“元宇宙给我们带来了自由。它可能成为我们连接真实世界和加密货币世界的桥梁。我对它的出现非常激动。我们生活在一个伟大的时代。”

爵士俱乐部

我觉得似乎已经在元宇宙中交到了新朋友,于是我决定最后到处参观一次。在Decentraland地图上,有一些地方引起了我的兴趣,比如Lobsteropolis、Club Nyan Cat和Dragon City等。但在一轮闲逛之后,像其他许多年轻专业人士一样,我也想放松一下,我决定最后前往爵士俱乐部。

当时是星期一下午3:00,因此我应该想到爵士俱乐部不会像往常一样热闹。(当天晚上晚些时候,我再次进入俱乐部时同样人烟稀少。)里面甚至没有播放音乐。我一路走到一个看起来很舒适的沙发,觉得可以就此结束当天对元宇宙的探索。

当然,我只能站在沙发旁边,因为我不知道如何才能让我的虚拟形象坐下。(财富中文网)

译者:Biz

22岁的我成长于数字时代,因此我总是以为自己对最新技术创新一清二楚。但在最初接到深入研究元宇宙的任务时,我不得不承认我依旧不清楚什么是元宇宙以及该从何处入手。

元宇宙几乎融合了虚拟现实、增强现实和物理现实,并且模糊了在线互动和现实生活之间的界限。但简单来说,元宇宙就是一系列人们可以用不同方式互动的虚拟平台,例如Sandbox、Mirandus和Decentraland等。自从马克·扎克伯格宣布Facebook将更名为Meta并投资至少100亿美元开发元宇宙之后,元宇宙开始引起广泛关注。随着越来越多人押注嵌入元宇宙的未来,企业也已经开始在这个数字空间开拓新业务。

我登陆了深受全球用户欢迎的元宇宙平台之一Decentraland。要参与大部分此类平台,如Sandbox等,首先你需要有自己的加密货币钱包和一台Windows个人电脑。这两个条件我都不满足,不过我并不打算进行任何买卖,因此我可以在MacBook电脑上以游客的身份慢慢探索虚拟世界。

如果你想要完整的元宇宙体验,一台笔记本电脑可能远远不够。虽然智能手机和电脑都能处理《堡垒之夜》(Fortnite)和《动物森友会》(Animal Crossing)等多人游戏,但它们的处理能力不足以应对有数以百万计用户的整个元宇宙。因此,Facebook的元宇宙愿景包括Oculus虚拟现实头盔或增强现实眼镜。

创建虚拟形象

进入元宇宙之前需要做的第一件事是创建虚拟形象。通过面板中的各种选项可以定制发型和眼睛的颜色、服饰甚至配饰。我的虚拟形象着装非常糟糕,所以我当然要给它换一身衣服。

开始探索

在花几个小时选定完美的服装(一件浅粉色搭配工装裤,来逃离纽约的寒冬)之后,我终于来到了创世纪广场,这里是Decentraland世界的起点。这是我所见过的这个平台上最拥挤的区域,随着周围的环境逐渐显示出来,我身边开始出现其他人的虚拟形象。当一个人靠近我的时候,我能模模糊糊听到有人在说话。

我用十分钟时间掌握了如何让我的虚拟形象行走,然后我决定通过地图传送到下一个地点。毕竟,这是元宇宙,谁还需要步行呢?镜头拉远,屏幕变成了一个网格,我可以在其中查看和参观其他用户创建的空间。

有个空间起了一个很好玩的名字“我们是Polkadot!”,这引起了我的兴趣。但在进入这个空间之后,我发现只有我自己站在一个几乎空荡荡的房间里。房间角落有一台自动售货机(或者是自动电唱机?),于是我很快退出了这个空间。

我再次打开地图。这一次我来到了一个名叫“加密货币山谷”的空间,这也是一个空荡荡的白色房间,里面只有一些六边形的区块链设计。我想,如果元宇宙已经变得非常庞大,那么其他用户都在哪里?

玩游戏

后来我发现,许多人都在玩游戏,具体地说是一款名叫《Wonder Mine Crafting Game》的游戏。这个游戏的背景是陨石撞击地球,而用户可以从陨石坑中挖掘矿物和金钱。我挖到了一些铜,并且赚到了3枚Wondercoin,这是Decentraland中的货币。(注:这次我没有花费任何现实世界里的金钱。每一个虚拟形象诞生时都有100枚Wondercoin。)

交友

在玩游戏时,我抓住机会与其他人聊天。虽然在元宇宙中你可以化身成任何人,但我还是注意到,我所见过的所有虚拟形象都是男性。

我在聊天室中问:“你们最喜欢元宇宙的什么方面?”

有个人非常热心地回答道:“元宇宙给我们带来了自由。它可能成为我们连接真实世界和加密货币世界的桥梁。我对它的出现非常激动。我们生活在一个伟大的时代。”

爵士俱乐部

我觉得似乎已经在元宇宙中交到了新朋友,于是我决定最后到处参观一次。在Decentraland地图上,有一些地方引起了我的兴趣,比如Lobsteropolis、Club Nyan Cat和Dragon City等。但在一轮闲逛之后,像其他许多年轻专业人士一样,我也想放松一下,我决定最后前往爵士俱乐部。

当时是星期一下午3:00,因此我应该想到爵士俱乐部不会像往常一样热闹。(当天晚上晚些时候,我再次进入俱乐部时同样人烟稀少。)里面甚至没有播放音乐。我一路走到一个看起来很舒适的沙发,觉得可以就此结束当天对元宇宙的探索。

当然,我只能站在沙发旁边,因为我不知道如何才能让我的虚拟形象坐下。(财富中文网)

译者:Biz

As a 22-year-old who grew up in the digital age, I like to think that I have a pretty good grasp on the latest innovations in technology. But when I was first approached about taking a dive into the metaverse, I have to admit that I was still confused about what it was, and how to even get started.

The metaverse is essentially a merging of virtual, augmented, and physical reality, and blurs the line between your interactions online and in real life. But broken down more simply, it’s a handful of platforms like the Sandbox, Mirandus, and Decentraland on which people can interact in different ways. Interest in it has taken off ever since Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would be changing its name to Meta, and spending at least $10 billion on the metaverse. And as more people begin to place their bets on a future embedded in the metaverse, businesses have already begun to start new ventures in this digital space.

I was able to get on Decentraland, one of the more popular metaverse platforms for users across the globe. To participate on most of these types of platforms, like the Sandbox, you’ll need your own crypto wallet and a Windows PC. I had neither, but since I wasn’t looking to buy or sell anything, I was still able to slowly explore the virtual world as a guest on my MacBook.

But if you’re looking for the full metaverse experience, a laptop might not be enough. While smartphones and computers are capable of handling multiplayer games like Fortnite and Animal Crossing, their processing power may be too limited to handle entire universes with millions of users. That’s why Facebook’s metaverse vision includes users with Oculus VR headsets, or augmented reality glasses.

Create an avatar

The first thing I had to do before stepping into the metaverse was create my avatar. The panel was loaded with options to customize my hair and eye color, clothing, and even accessories. My avatar came wearing a pretty atrocious outfit, so of course, I had to change it up.

Start exploring

After spending too much time deciding on the perfect outfit (a light pink shirt with some overalls to escape the New York winter weather), I was finally dropped into Genesis Plaza, a starting point within Decentraland. This was definitely the most crowded area of the platform that I saw, and other avatars popped up to my left and right as I took in my surroundings. When an avatar got close to mine, I could hear a human voice saying something unintelligible.

After spending 10 minutes trying to figure out how to make my avatar walk, I decided to let the map teleport me to my next location. After all, this is the metaverse, who needs legs? The screen panned out to a grid where I was able to see and visit spaces that had been created by other users.

I was intrigued by a space cheerily titled “We are Polkadot!” Upon jumping in, though, I found myself standing alone in an almost empty room. There was a vending machine (or was it a jukebox?) that sat in the corner, so I just walked through the space.

I gave the map another try. This time I took a trip to “The Crypto Valley,” where I was again greeted by a desolate white room decorated with hexagonal blockchain designs. If the metaverse is becoming so big, I thought, where were all the other people using it?

Playing games

It turns out that a lot of them were off playing games—Wonder Mine Crafting Game, to be more specific. The premise of the game is that meteors strike the ground, and you can mine them for minerals and money. I mined up some copper and made 3 Wondercoins, which is Decentraland’s currency. (Note: I didn’t spend any real money playing this time. Every avatar starts off with 100 Wondercoins.)

Making friends

While playing Wonder Mine Crafting Game, I took the opportunity to chat with some of my fellow avatars. Although in the metaverse you can be anybody you want to be, I couldn’t help but notice that all of the avatars I had seen were presenting as male.

“What do you guys like best about the metaverse?” I asked in the chat box.

“Metaverse offers freedom. It will likely be our bridge to marry the real worl [sic] to the crypto world. And I am very excited about it all. We live in great times,” someone enthusiastically responded.

A jazz club

Feeling as if I had made a new friend in the metaverse, I decided to have one last look around. Some other locations that caught my eye on the Decentraland map included Lobsteropolis, Club Nyan Cat, and Dragon City. But after my time in the metaverse, like many other young professionals looking to wind down, I decided to pay a final visit to the Jazz Club.

It was 3:00 p.m. on a Monday afternoon, so I should’ve guessed that the jazz club wouldn’t be as happening as it usually might be. (It was also empty when I returned to check out the scene later that night.) There wasn’t even any music playing. But I made my way over to a comfy-looking couch, and decided that I had explored enough of the metaverse for one day.

Of course, I just had to stand around the couch. I couldn’t figure out exactly how to sit down.

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