From November 10 to 13, the Metaverse Music Festival took place on the Internet. This is an interactive event set in the virtual world of Decentraland that prides itself on celebrating music, innovation, culture and creativity. The makers promised 15 different futuristic festival locations with cyberpunk flair. In addition to Ozzy Osbourne, who was present with his Ozzfest, artists such as Björk, Soulja Boy and Dillon Francis performed at the Metaverse Music Festival.
So far so good – on paper. In practice, it all took some getting used to – to put it mildly. At a festival you initially assume that the announced bands will actually perform. Of course that should happen in a virtual world, but the fact that the musicians themselves are just virtual images of the real performers can certainly come as a subtly disappointing surprise. So instead of actual live performances from the Ozzfest bands, there was some kind of audio recording (probably from the archives) and then some poorly animated Hanseln spinning around, which brings us to the next point.
Because the optics of the “concerts” shown have fallen brutally out of time. Watching the Metaverse shows from Ozzfest acts Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth and Motörhead below is like stepping back in time to 1996 – that’s how retarded Decentraland’s graphics seem. Memories of computer game classics like ‘Sims 2’ or ‘Duke Nukem’ are awakened. The protagonists’ figures appear incredibly static and immobile – with the hip-stiff “Prince of Darkness” involuntarily modeled very well. Lemmy Kilmister’s avatar at least raises his bass here and there. The makers of Wacken showed how it works during the pandemic years: real bands played in an epic virtual setting. Of course one expected something like this here, and the economy version was served.
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