The hot game VRChat has taken the internet by storm, garnering over 1.5 million downloads in two weeks.
If you don’t keep up with what is going on in YouTube or streaming, you may not have heard of VRChat. If you do, you might not have been able to escape it.
To catch everyone up, VRChat is essentially a free-to-download social space where people get to virtually hang out. There are lots of those, but what has really made this thing grow is that on top of some top-influencer personalties latching onto it, players can essentially turn into any pop culture character… more or less ever. It’s basically like Second Life, but if no one cared about copyright laws. Then just add in a whole bunch of memes, anonymity, and everyone trying really hard, and you have an idea of what is going on here. The game, as the title suggests is possible to use with VR, but there is a normal desktop version of the game, too.
To showcase just how wildly popular the thing has become, Steamspy (via PCGamesN) shows that the game has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times in just the last two weeks. The title went from obscurity to household name on the internet around the very tail end of 2017, but it seems its popularity is only rising.
There really is something wild about this whole thing. It’s problematic, funny, loud, obnoxious, interesting, and insufferable all at the same time, really taking the crown as the personification of the internet. For many, it is everything terrible about the internet; for others, it’s everything great. Whichever side you fall on, it seems like this isn’t going away anytime soon, be that as it may.