How Meta Stole Christmas
On Christmas Day, the most popular app in the Apple App Store was owned by Meta: the Oculus VR app. This app is used to control and use the Oculus VR headset, and it’s popularity goes hand in hand with the success of Meta’s headset as a top performer in the holiday gift scene. This comes with the huge metaverse announcement from earlier this year, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg stating an investment of $10B+ towards the metaverse. In short, the metaverse is a virtual world that is envisioned to have experiences for everything ranging from games to work. Zuckerberg’s belief in this concept led to the name change from Facebook to Meta.
Christmas in the Metaverse?
With the metaverse, a future where families use VR goggles to interact instead of gatherings and dinners could be possible. Already, there has been a metaverse Christmas party with Steve Aoki hosted by Monkey Kingdom. Steve Aoki is a popular DJ who has produced a variety of popular rave songs, and Monkey Kingdom is a NFT project that is exponentially growing in popularity. It’s based on the popular Chinese mythological character Sun Wukong, or the Monkey King, the main character of “Journey to the West”. There are 2222 randomly generated ape NFTs all based on Wukong in the release on the Solana blockchain.
Many have been unable to attend church gatherings throughout the pandemic, due to the usually large attendances and indoor settings. With the holiday season, some churches have moved onto a virtual platform such as VR Church. VR Church was founded 5 years ago by D.J. Soto, a pastor based in Virginia who preaches to a wide virtual audience with three Sunday services every week. Soto has noticed that while VR Church is an evangelical Christian church, there are also other churches he has helped with in the metaverse that have more liberal pastors, and that a huge spectrum is present. He believes that the metaverse’s range makes it suited towards religion and lets those from all ends of the world to attend and share their beliefs.