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If you were born before the early 2000s then you would have an idea on what the famed MSN was all about.
A social networking platform that coincided with the likes of MySpace, in the sense that it provided the first Facebook like experience of its time.
Kids and the younger generation at the time loved it for its simplicity but also because it marked a turn in socialising and interacting with friends.
I remember getting home each afternoon and logging into MSN on my block dial-up PC and messaging the girl I liked, waiting for them to log on. I would then quickly sign out when I saw the little green icon pop up.
It’s hilarious looking back on it now but at the time I think it helped improve that social kind of confidence, especially if you were the shy type like me.
Long story short, I was roaming Steam recently when I discovered a new kind of socializing game/chat room which peaked my interests; as it brought me back to those nostalgic MSN day’s.
VR Chat – What Is It?
Short for Virtual-Reality Chat, is a free application available on Steam; where you can express yourself in any way you see fit.
It’s basically an anime-like virtual land; you can talk and interact with people from all around the globe in real-time.
It’s quite a fascinating concept and it’s hard to explain, as the community there is freaking incredible.
I will get into the features and what’s available besides just talking but I guess it gives you that real life interactive experience, without having to put on a mask or pretend you are someone that your not.
Above Video: VRChat Trailer.
Building Confidence & Having Fun – Features
Upon entering the game, you will be taken through a set of tutorials to help you get used the controls.
These vary depending on what you are using, as the game supports VR headsets or the usual keyboard and mouse.
Once you’ve finished the tutorial, then you will be given a choice of Avatars to choose from. These range from skeletons to anime characters like Goku, Krillin or Monkey Dee Luffy.
You will then be thrown into the main lobby area, where you are free to explore and talk to other players. Exploring is broken up into different portals and worlds that you can enter.
Each world has their own scenario’s and activities to interact with, such as:
- The Karaoke Stage – where people rap battle each other or sing and people can sit down and watch.
- The Bar – can drink virtual beer and have a ‘waiter’ serve you.
- Santa’s World – Ride sleighs and run around in the snow.
There are many more worlds to explore but these were just a few tiny examples. The developers are constantly adding more too, as the game is still in early access.
You will always have varied experiences based off the players on the server but it’s always guaranteed weird and funny nonetheless.
Above Video: VRChat Gameplay.
Can I Run It? – System Requirements
The minimum requirements are quite low and most relatively new gaming PC’s should be able to run it:
- OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
- Processor: Intel® i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater
- DirectX: Version 11
- Network: Broadband Internet connection
- Storage: 1 GB available space
That being said the best experience comes from a good internet connection, as servers can lag and become buggy at times.
VRChat is free to download and play right now from Steam, so why not give it a go?
For me, the rating for VRChat is 8/10. It will eventually be a 9 or 10 once all the bugs are fixed!
Have you tried VRChat? let me and others know your rating by submitting your score at top of the page!
If you have any questions let me know below!
Thanks guy’s and take care:)