Mark Zuckerberg seems to have finally heard his critics and changed his selfie, allegedly in response to critical memes mocking the graphics of Meta’s newest project Horizon Worlds.
Zuckerberg debuted the virtual reality social app Horizon Worlds in France and Spain earlier this week, sharing what people called a ‘flat and goofy digital avatar’ posed in front of the Eiffel Tower and green hills. The internet immediately started mocking the avatar, hoping it was only the preliminary graphics for the venture on which Meta had spent at least $10 billion last year.
Kevin Roose, New York Times tech columnist, said that the graphics were worse than the 2008 Wii game. Several Twitter users were a little less kind, calling things like an international laughing stock and eye-gougingly ugly.
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Many also compared the Metaverse design to early 90’s graphics and pointed out how childish and lifeless the Zuckerberg selfie looked. It quickly was given the designation “dead eyes.”
After the criticism, Zuckerberg announced on Friday that significant updates are coming soon, along with new avatar graphics. Zuckerberg posted a photo of a more advanced-looking avatar of his on Facebook and Instagram.
Zuckerberg said that he is fully aware that the photo he posted earlier was pretty basic as it was taken very quickly to celebrate a launch. He added that the graphics in Horizon are capable of much more and promised that it would be improving very quickly.