Mark Zuckerberg Unveils Boyish Metaverse Avatar after Being Mocked

Mark Zuckerberg unveils new, boyish metaverse avatar after getting mocked for creepy, dead-eyed version

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Author: Anthony Junior

Meta has had a stressful week. Mark Zuckerberg revealed on Facebook that Meta’s social metaverse platform, Horizon Worlds, will be launched in France and Spain. 

The Facebook post was accompanied by a photo of Zuckerberg’s avatar, which was baby-faced. The was taken in front of primitive representations of the Eiffel Tower. His self-proclaimed “Metaverse” quickly triggered a flood of mockery and jokes. Throughout the week, commenters and online users pounced on the image, pointing out the cartoonish design. Probably not the intended reaction to a project aimed at ushering in the digital future.

What is Horizon Worlds, and why was it criticized?

Horizon Worlds (previously Facebook Horizon) is a free virtual reality online video game created and released by Meta Platforms for the Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest 2. 

Mark Zuckerberg posted an update regarding Horizon Worlds. He stated: ” the photo I uploaded earlier this week was quite simple – it was shot fast to celebrate at launch,”. Horizon Worlds, according to Zuckerberg, is “capable of much more.”

According to New York Times tech journalist Kevin Roose, Horizon World’s visuals are “worse than a 2008 Wii game.” Of all, video game visuals aren’t determined merely by technological flash; it’s the art direction that makes all the difference, and Zuckerberg’s Metaverse has an awful look, devoid of texture and, more importantly, personality.

Mark Zuckerberg’s reaction to the criticism

Within a week of realizing the old avatar version, Mark saw the criticism (it was impossible to ignore). 

Following that, he posted a response on Instagram, promising that the Metaverse graphics would optimize and even boasting a restyled avatar, which looked noticeably better than the previous one he posted. 

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“I realize the photo I uploaded earlier this week was quite simple – it was taken fast to commemorate a launch,” Zuckerberg said on Instagram. He continued to say that the visuals in Horizon Worlds are “capable of much more” and “developing very rapidly.”

The shift was astonishingly quick and almost certainly in response to public scorn.

The new avatar costs more money and effort.

Many people are curious why Mark Zuckerberg made a new avatar after receiving criticism for his scary, dead-eyed design. According to the Facebook CEO, the new avatar is more expressive and will improve user communication. 

Zuckerberg said that it would be fantastic for people to be able to express themselves in more ways. 

He also added that it is only the beginning. Zuckerberg intends to make other changes to his image very shortly. We can only hope that he succeeds this time!

Conclusion

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, unveiled his refreshed, boyish metaverse avatar on Friday. He posted it on Instagram after the initial version he posted was criticized by majority of his followers. The CEO also said Meta’s Horizon Worlds metaverse platform would soon undergo significant improvements.

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