Virtual Reality Is Sexist: But It Does Not Have to Be

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Previously I have posted about danah boyd’s research on how hormones impact how your brain processes depth, but here is another study about how interpupillary distance, IPD, settings on VR headsets make it hard for people other than, for example, cisgender men to find a distance that works for them, leading to motion sickness. A while ago I tried to adjust my IPD but never found a setting that worked for me. It was either too close or too far, and the motion sickness remained.

Is the Oculus Rift sexist?

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danah boyd’s piece from 2014 has always been facinating to me, but relating it to my own experiences around transitioning and the ways that I have percevied depth just feels like a lot of gender validation for me :)

Looking At Guns In Virtual Reality

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I think about this video from Polygon a lot. I can’t say I will be able to do justice the gun epidemic in the United States here. Guns are horrifying. I’ve played in VR. Games with guns and people attacking me in VR make me too uncomfortable to ever want to do again. I remember trying Robo Recall for the first time, and I was panicking. When I was 19 I had a gun shot at my father and I. I am very much against guns of all kind. Even in VR. It’s one of the main reasons I don’t like VR.

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