Fireside

Description

Fireside is a virtual reality metaverse that provides a safe and welcoming space for people to talk about mental health issues and find support and understanding from others. It features a soothing environment, relaxation features, and the ability to record and share experiences with others. Fireside is multiplayer enabled, allowing multiple users to enter the metaverse simultaneously and providing a sense of community for those seeking support.

Design

Fireside is a virtual reality metaverse that aims to provide a supportive space for individuals to talk about mental health issues and find comfort and understanding from others. To create a calming atmosphere, the metaverse includes a visually relaxing environment featuring a campfire, as well as soothing sounds and music. It also offers guided meditation audio to help users relax. The metaverse is set up to allow multiple users to enter simultaneously, fostering a sense of community for those seeking support. Fireside also includes information about the purpose of the space and guidelines for good behavior. The design choices for this metaverse are centered on creating a welcoming and peaceful environment for users to share their experiences and find support.


History

Fireside was developed as an entry for the Global Game Jam, an annual event that encourages game developers to create innovative games in a short amount of time. The theme for the Global Game Jam in May 2022 was mental health and depression and was sponsored by DeepWellDtx, a company whose mission is to transform games into powerful mental health treatments. The team at EmpressVR created Fireside as a virtual reality metaverse, as a way to help people who are struggling with mental health issues feel more comfortable sharing their experiences and finding support from others.

Features

Virtual reality environment: The metaverse is designed to be immersive and interactive, allowing users to feel like they are physically present in a calming environment.


Multiplayer capabilities: Users can enter the metaverse at the same time and interact with each other, fostering a sense of community and support.


Soothing sounds and music: The metaverse includes calming sounds and music to help users relax and feel more at ease.


Guided meditation audio: Users can listen to guided meditation audio to help them release tension and find inner peace.


Information and resources: The metaverse includes information about the purpose of the space and resources for those seeking help with mental health issues.

Code of conduct: The metaverse includes guidelines for good behavior to help create a safe and welcoming environment for all users.


Record and share experiences: Users can record their experiences using a microphone and body gestures, allowing others to experience their stories even if they are not using the app at the same time.


Anonymity: Users may have the option to remain anonymous while using the metaverse, allowing them to feel more comfortable sharing their experiences without fear of judgment.

Made for Standalone and PC VR Devices

Oculus Quest

Oculus Rift

HTC Vive

Valve Index