Welcome back to our weekly spotlight on the people building for Horizon Worlds and their amazing creations.
Last week, we celebrated Pride Month by diving into LGBTQ+ History of Flags & Hangout, a world that helps people learn the history of the many pride flags representing different segments of the LGTBQ+ community (and its allies).
This week, we chatted with Souperrr, who created London Eye, a stunning event and lounge space with multiple areas to hang out in, scooters to ride, and beautiful views of a London-like cityscape.
What’s your background, and what got you interested in VR?
What do you draw upon for inspiration when building in Horizon Worlds?
In Horizon Worlds, you can create anything you can imagine. I love that you can turn an idea, memory, or even a place into a world. So this platform gives creators a way to express themselves and get rewarded with praise from other creators and even by Meta.
I've met amazing creators here who are truly gifted. And it's amazing to find out that before Horizon Worlds, many of them had no art experience or had ever thought of themselves as being creative. So this platform has definitely opened the door for people to discover their creative side, and I love that about it.
What do you want people to take away from their experience with your worlds?
I want them to be a place for interaction, where people can just hang out and enjoy an amazing view and scenery. My worlds are intended to be a safe place for human interactions, free of judgement and discrimination. I want everyone to feel welcome in my worlds.
Are you a programmer/creator as your day job, or do you see this as a hobby?
At the moment, this is currently an amazing hobby, but I’d like it to be my full-time career someday. I’m currently working on making that a reality.
Do you collaborate with others, and if so, what’s that experience like for you?
I've had the honor of working with some extraordinary creators, and some of them deserve so much credit for their work on my worlds London Eye and Dior Ave.
What’s your best advice for getting started on building worlds for Horizon Worlds?
My one piece of advice is to ask as many questions as possible. There are some amazing creators who are more than happy to help you get started with building and scripting. And there are others who can help with the business side of things, or with integrating your brand into Horizon Worlds.
What do you think the ultimate potential is for Horizon Worlds?
It’s limitless. There are so many use cases for Horizon Worlds. Just as the dot-com era exploded after the Internet first came out, I believe the same thing will happen here. It’s perfect for business applications, social interaction, events and gatherings, and marketing. This is going to be the next wave of social media.
How do you think VR fits into the future vision of the metaverse?
Virtual reality will be the cornerstone technology. I believe everyone will own both a set of augmented reality glasses and a VR headset.
What’s your favorite VR experience?
What I love the most about VR is being able to meet up with my friends and interact with them. I can put on my headset and meet people from all around the world, and then develop relationships with them. I've met some incredible people in Horizon Worlds.