This presentation will examine common concepts of traveling between formalized spaces inside virtual reality (VR) experiences.
The common method for traveling in virtual reality is to click on an area or trigger and be transported to that location. These “teleportations”, however, remove the notion of distances from our virtual worlds. This is akin to a magic wand that eliminates the consequences of travel in VR. Often heralded as a boon for the virtual worlds we can create, wherein we can travel to far away lands without lag in time and without effort on the part of the participant. We posit that it has a chilling and reductive effect on our relationships to our environments and ultimately our relationships with each other.
Jacobs, Gary D.
"Exploring The Psychological Consequences of Distances in Virtual Reality,"
Frameless: Vol. 4:
1, Article 11.
Available at: https://repository.rit.edu/frameless/vol4/iss1/11