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Meaningful Play 2016 at Michigan State University

Session Information

TitlePlaying in a New Reality: The Virtual Landscape

Halcyone Wise (Cy)Halcyone Wise (Cy) is a games industry generalist, consultant, and sociologist residing in Austin, TX. A ten-year games industry veteran, she has worked on award winning MMO titles including Lineage I & II, Guild Wars I & II, Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa, and Wizard 101. She returned to the University of Texas in 2012 to complete her studies in Sociology. She specialized in video game communities, internet fandoms, and emergent computer-mediated communications and identities. She has since gone on to work on multiple VR titles including Oculus-exclusive Chronos, and Owlchemy Labs' multi-platform, room-scale title, Job Simulator.

When she is not professionally managing VR communities, she is casually managing VR communities as a co-organizer of VR Austin, the second largest VR meetup in the United States. She can also be found haunting her old university as a guest lecturer, and producing any convention, event, or gathering of minds that will have her. She is currently Owlchemy Labs' multi-hat-wearing designer, marketer, writer and community wrangler, colloquially called "Owlmancer.".

TimeFriday, October 21, 4:00p-5:00p
LocationMSU Union Ballroom
DescriptionVirtual Reality is finally accessible to consumers. And with new access to tech, comes the onslaught of discoveries, both about what it does and does not do well. VR development is currently an exercise in trial and error (a lot of error) as we try to understand how best to utilize this new medium. In this talk, we will look at the current state of VR, how we got there, what we have discovered about fooling your brain for fun and profit, and the potential for the future. This is from the perspective of a team that has been mad enough to fully commit the future of their company to this volatile new landscape.

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