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New York Times Quotes Mark Bolas on Virtual Reality

June 14, 2015

Mark Bolas was quoted in a New York Times story on the rise of virtual reality and how the medium will affect people both online and off.

When you’re in a room with somebody and you have a mobile device in front of you, they think they have your presence,” said ICT’s Mark Bolas, also an associate professor of interactive media at the University of Southern California. “In a virtual environment, they know they don’t have your presence. You almost want to leave that person alone.”

Bolas believes social virtual reality games will come up with “bounding boxes” — essentially, force fields that players can place around their avatars to keep others away, stated the story.

“We are going to have new conventions that deal with that,” he said.