• Virtually Real or Really Virtual: Towards a Heritage Metaverse

    Author(s):
    Jeremy Huggett (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Virtual archaeology, Digital archaeology, Virtual reality
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    virtural heritage, archaeogaming
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/k68p-p486
    Abstract:
    The hype surrounding the impending mainstreaming of Virtual Reality can seem to prioritize the digital above the critical. With the development of VR said to be at a pivotal point, there is an important opportunity to consider the emergence of virtual heritage and its potential futures. This paper argues that there is a disjunction between the present reality of virtual heritage and virtual reality, and discusses the twin challenges of presence and realism within virtual reality. In particular, it highlights a paradox inherent in virtual heritage and virtual reality and proposes the use of ‘loose-realism’ as a solution. Ultimately, the challenge is to address the claims that virtual reality represents a new class of information system, or metaverse, in order that virtual heritage fully engages with enquiry about the past.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 months ago
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    Attribution-NonCommercial
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