Pensioner’s Introduction to the Metaverse

The term “metaverse” was first introduced in a fiction novel written in 1992. While Neal Stephenson’s vision of the metaverse was far ahead of its time, today’s technologies are finally catching up to his predictions.

In this guide, we’ll look at the metaverse and what makes it different from other virtual worlds out there today. We’ll also explore how this technology has evolved as well as who participates in these virtual worlds with greater and in-depth detail so that you have the complete picture. Our hope is that you will have complete information about the metaverse by the end of this guide. So, without further , let’s get to the heart of it!

What is the Metaverse?

The metaverse is a virtual reality environment. It can be considered a “world” where users talk with each other and other objects in a shared space. A metaverse is open and persistent, meaning anyone who has access to it will see the same things from their perspective—the only exception is if you’re using an avatar masking system.

A metaverse can be used as an interactive social platform with real-time communication and currency systems similar to our world today. However, these are all owned by the users rather than corporations or governments, who might have control over them.

In this future, people will be able to use their smartphones or other devices to enter this digital world to travel anywhere in the world or the universe. This will allow people to create new realities and share them with others.

What Types of Metaverse Exist?

There are multiple metaverse platforms. These platforms are defined by their features and capabilities. For example, Second Life is one type of metaverse platform; it allows users to create digital versions of themselves that can participate in various activities such as shopping or watching movies together.

Another metaverse platform is High Fidelity. It allows users to create highly realistic avatars and customize them with clothing items or accessories (such as glasses). There are many more types of metaverse platforms out there; some have been around for years, while others are still being developed today.

What Differentiates Metaverse from Other Virtual Worlds?

In Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel Snow Crash, the protagonist lives in a world called the “Metaverse.” This is the first known use-case of the term and Stephenson describes it as a virtual reality or artificial universe accessible through any computer terminal.

A metaverse is something more than a typical virtual world. It has its own rules, its own architecture, and its own ecosystem. This means that there are some things in common between these different types of virtual worlds. For example, many people use these platforms to socialize. However, each has its unique features and functionality.

The metaverse is much more immersive and interactive than other virtual worlds. Time moves differently in a metaverse than in other virtual worlds. In other virtual worlds, users can only visit the same virtual space repeatedly; however, in the metaverse, users can move around within that space, allowing for more interaction between users.

Metaverses are often used for educational purposes because they allow students to explore different aspects of science and technology using high-tech tools. However, some people also use them for entertainment purposes, like watching movies or playing video games.

Who Participates in a Metaverse?

Metaverse participants come from all over the world, including countries such as the United States, France, Germany, China, and India. In addition to different nationalities, they also include people from all walks of life: engineers and programmers; graphic designers and 3D artists; actors and musicians; medical professionals and teachers—the list goes on. The only thing they have in common is that they want to explore this new technology with others who share the same interest.

The age range for participation spans a wide spectrum, too, from teenagers to retirees (the average age tends toward 20-something). There are no requirements for education or wealth level either. You’ll find both regular gamers and billionaires sharing the same space.

Examples of a Metaverse

A metaverse is a place where people can live out their lives in a way that’s as close to reality as possible. It’s a place where people can build communities and create new realities.

While there are several open-source platforms like OpenSimulator or VRChat (which allows you to create your own avatar), here are some examples of fully featured metaverses that have been launched recently:

Second Life—the most popular metaverse, created by Linden Lab in 2003
Oasis—the next big thing on the horizon, funded by Mark Zuckerberg’s company Oculus VR
High Fidelity—a startup founded by Philip Rosedale, former CEO of Linden Lab, which aims to create an open-source platform similar to Second Life but with enhanced graphics and sound quality

Future of Metaverse

The future of metaverse is bright. The name alone conjures up images of the future and a world where virtual reality is more than just a gimmick but instead has become a true part of everyday life.

The metaverse is one of the most well-known virtual worlds, and it has been around in one form or another since 2003 as a way to create engaging social experiences.

Since then, the metaverse has been popularized by companies Linden Lab and Meta, who have used it for marketing purposes such as advertising campaigns for products and services. Nowadays, you can even find metaverse currency (MVC) being used on various websites, including Reddit!

The metaverse already has more than 1 million users, and there are hundreds of thousands more who are waiting in line to join at any given moment. We’re talking about people from all over the world—from France to India—who want to explore this new world together.

And what kind of experiences can you expect once you get there? Well, if you’ve ever gone on an adventure through video games like Skyrim or Oblivion (or even Minecraft), then you know that immersive stories are some of the most fun things in life! And that’s just what the metaverse offers: immersive stories where your actions have real consequences. The future will see greater investments on the metaverse with more emphasis on actions and repercussions. It is alternate reality, but the reality nonetheless.

We’ve just scratched the surface of the metaverse and its many uses. We hope that this post has given you a better understanding of what the metaverse is, where it came from, and how we can use the virtual worlds for our own benefit. Now go out there and build your own metaverse!

Metaverse, Blockchain, and Web3

The emergence of decentralized property and blockchain technology, commonly referred to as “Web3,” has revolutionized the way we interact with digital assets. By eliminating the need for a centralized authority or intermediary, Web3 enables users to securely store and transfer data without any third-party interference.

This has created a new realm of opportunities in which individuals can freely trade digital assets in the metaverse including cryptocurrency, tokens, and other forms of digital value without relying on traditional financial institutions. With its trustless nature, Web3 also offers a wide range of benefits such as enhanced  security, privacy, transparency, and independence for users.

Furthermore, this technology provides an immutable record-keeping system that ensures all transactions are traceable and accounted for allowing for maximum accuracy and accountability.

Ultimately, Web3 is an ever-evolving ecosystem that has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with digital assets. By providing enhanced security, privacy, and autonomy, Web3 has already begun to shape the future of digital asset trading.


The metaverse is an exciting and ever-evolving digital landscape, offering endless possibilities for exploration, collaboration, and creativity. As a beginner navigating the space, it can be overwhelming to know where to start or how to get the most out of your explorations. This guide has provided an introduction to some of the key concepts and technologies that define the virtual world and given you a foundation upon which you can build as you explore further.

Whether you’re looking for entertainment, education, or business opportunities – the metaverse has something for everyone! With its various platforms, toolsets, protocols, and applications available – there’s never been a better time to dive in headfirst and make your mark on this brave new world. So what are you waiting for? Take your first steps into the metaverse and let your journey begin!

Marc-Roger Gagné MAPP