(VRfun18) Horizon Worlds Spotlight: Blaqjedi

Welcome back to our weekly spotlight on the people building for Horizon Worlds and their amazing creations.

Last week, we shifted into low gear at RexRod’s slow-paced Mellow Mountains, a world that invites you to enjoy the splendor of nature, listen to the sounds of a river, and marvel at snow-topped alpine peaks.

This week, we heard from Blaqjedi, the creator of a number of great and engaging worlds, including JEDI CINEMA, where you can “go to your favorite movies and shows.”

What got you interested in VR?

I have a background in graphic design, photography, computer building, and art. I’ve always been interested in how things work, whether it’s machines or people’s minds. What got me interested in VR was being able to bring my work to people in another dimension.

What do you draw upon for inspiration when building in Horizon Worlds?

It’s the enjoyment of the human experience. I bring a lot of real life to Horizon Worlds so that I can give people experiences they may never have in the physical world, like being on the set of famous movies.

Are you a programmer/creator as your day job, or do you see this as a hobby?

I would love to be a programmer or developer, but for now it’s a hobby.

Do you collaborate with others, and if so, what’s that experience like for you?

I collaborate quite a bit, and I love it because I get to help others bring their visions to life. For me, that’s pure joy.

What’s your best advice for getting started on building worlds for Horizon Worlds?

Don’t focus on likes and popularity. Instead, create with a purpose and let that purpose drive you. Also, be sure to use the tutorials on YouTube and take some of the many scripting classes that are available.

How do you think VR fits into the future vision of the metaverse?

VR is an amazing vehicle for getting us closer to the metaverse. As it grows technologically, it will become the best vehicle because it lets us be fully immersed in a virtual world—and that’s an experience that computers or phones can’t give us.

What’s your favorite VR experience?

Building something and having people actually come and have the experience I wanted them to have.