Wednesday August 10, 2016

Google Is Developing Techniques To Combat VR Trolls

I had no idea that trolling in VR games was a thing. I've never actually felt "unsafe" or "attacked" playing a game because, if someone is being a jackass, I normally just find someone else to play with. Problem solved.

Trolls are everywhere on social media, and you can expect to encounter them in social virtual reality experiences as VR devices become more common. That's why Google's Daydream Labs team has been developing ways to prevent harassment in virtual reality, where people can use avatars (and not just words) to make others feel uncomfortable or even attacked. In one of the team's virtual shopping experiments, for instance, some testers blocked other users' view by sticking hats in front of their eyes. Those testers had no choice but to take off their headsets and restart the experience.