Is the metaverse the future of the internet? A Globe journalist steps inside to find out

Metaverse Breakdown

Some analysts say we will spend much more time in the metaverse in the years ahead. But what’s the appeal?

The Globe and Mail’s Joe Castaldo suits up and gets lost in the Decentraland and Horizon Worlds platforms.

With more than 160 virtual worlds operating today, by one count, it’s hard to know where to begin. Some are generating more headlines than others. HSBC and PwC’s Hong Kong division both bought plots in one called the Sandbox, and Snoop Dogg erected a virtual estate to throw members-only parties, among other activities. (A party pass can be yours for about US$900.) In January, Warner Music Group announced plans to build a concert stage in the Sandbox (“the equivalent of beachfront property in the metaverse”) for digital shows.

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