Worlds: Guidelines & Features

Posted on November 13, 2019

If you’ve been in AltspaceVR it’s very likely that you’ve visited a world or two. Worlds are environments built by users, and they range in size and scope from underwater cities, to extraterrestrial landscapes–and everything in between. In fact, many of our regularly scheduled events happen in worlds built specifically by the hosts, moderators, and fans. Since launching, worlds have grown quickly and given many Altspacers a great canvas to work with when it comes to experimentation and trying new things. And yet, as you may have noticed from the pretty red banner in your menu, worlds are a Beta feature. This means that we’re still figuring out how to optimize this content and make it the best it can be. Today, we’re happy to announce a better beta version of worlds.  

Opting in to Beta: 
In true Beta-fashion, we’ll be switching to an opt-in model for worlds. We want users to understand that worlds are an ever-changing feature within AltspaceVR. Beginning in early December, users will be given the opportunity to toggle the worlds feature on/off. All current world-builders will remain opted-in, so if you’re a world aficionado don’t worry, you’ll still see the Worlds tab in your menu bar. 

Our world-builders want to be able to show off their creations, but building performant and mobile-friendly environments can be a tricky challenge. So, we’re excited to announce all new world-building guidelines! Clear guidelines will mean that more users will be able to enjoy well-built, beautiful worlds; and world-builders will have a clearer understanding of what it takes to create amazing environments in AltspaceVR. The AltspaceVR team will review all submitted worlds and approve quality content that meets the world building guidelines. Read the full world-building guidelines below: 

Featured Worlds Guidelines :

  1. Must be crash free and perform well on all AltspaceVR-supported devices. Use diagnostics tool as a guide. (Found on website).  
  2. Must meet a base quality level and be a valuable addition to the AltspaceVR community.
  3. Must have necessary collision. 
  4. No mature or explicit content which includes:
    1. Strong language.
    2. Images of/references to violence or physical/mental abuse.
    3. Images of/references to sexual content.
    4. Racist, homophobic, misogynistic or other discriminatory content.
    5. Dangerous or criminal content.
  5. No licensed material.  
  6. No teleporters to other spaces.    
  7. If you would like to make updates to an approved world, you must resubmit that world for re-review. Failure to do so may result in blocklisting. (This is primarily to prevent inappropriate content from being added to an approved world.)

Featured Worlds: 
You asked and we listened: scrolling through too many pages of featured worlds isn’t fun. So we’re redefining the process for featuring worlds. We will be paring down the number of featured worlds listed at any given moment, and we’ll be spotlighting these worlds on a rotating basis. This means that finding worlds will get easier and world-builders will get a real chance to enjoy the limelight.  

A Clean Slate: 
Our current backlog for featured worlds is long and much of that content has been built with no clear guidelines in place, which means many worlds won’t work for our mobile VR community. So we’re starting fresh and asking world-builders to resubmit worlds for review.  

*If you’d like your world to be featured, please review the world-building guidelines, make any necessary updates/changes, and resubmit your world to us. We’ll get back to you shortly with feedback. 

We’re excited to see how worlds in AltspaceVR will continue to grow and evolve. Thanks for helping us make this beta better and please feel free to share your thoughts and feedback with us on Discord in the #feedback channel. 

*NOTE: We amended some of the world building guidelines, based on community feedback. Thanks, everyone for sharing your thoughts!

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