Now this is one controversial blog post. A lot of people have very strong oppinions on what the metaverse is and what it is. I have an alternate one, you might find interesting or happy to discard right after reading.
I build a development platform “Wonderland Engine” for building AR and VR WebApps. WebXR is often seen as part of “Web 3.0”, which brings me close to blockchain based services, but I’m certainly looking at it more from the outside.
It seems that a lot of “Metaverse” projects strive to be _the_ metaverse. In my view of the metaverse, they are actually trying to build, what in Web 1.0 one would call “the website”. Today, we know that a website is way more like a home or building than an entire world.
The analogy actually works quite well, if you consider those metaverses where you can own a tile as a “blogging site”, you own a blog on that.
Instead, I think everyone will own such a metaverse in a very decentralized way, where everyone just hosts their own web based metaverse (“meta website”) on their own webserver and links it to others.
Maybe the original notion of there being “one” originated from Ready Player One’s Oasis, but even that has many sub-worlds, which I think map way better to the “real” metaverse we might have some day.