The vast majority of avatars adopted by users look like female anime characters, with animals ears and tails. This is based on the entire in-world footage. While there are exceptions, such as Kermit the Frog’s 3D avatar or Greelin, the majority of users choose imposing and visually striking figures to navigate the world.
From the very beginning, VRChat’s community component is the main focus of the filmmaker. Jenny, out of all the subjects he considered, was the most altruistic. She spends her time teaching ASL to an entire class of online students. These students are not only learning sign language, but also how to use the digital limitations to their mobility. DustBunny, a young woman, also teaches belly dancing.
Hunting follows DragonHeart, IsYourBoi and DragonHeart to further demonstrate the depth of affection that can be developed between users here. These two users live thousands of miles apart in real life but have fallen in love after a year and half of being in constant contact on VRChat.
These CG environments allow young people to be free from society’s expectations of their gender, sexuality, and bodies. VRChat allows you to rebirth and present yourself more authentically.
The new avatars, which are not connected to their real selves behind the screen, allow for a more pure mode of interaction between people. Gender, race and physical appearance no longer matter and people can only get to know each other based on their individual personalities. Despite the promise of futuristic interpersonal understanding, it seems unrealistic.
Hunting’s overly positive portrayal of these online communities never once mentions how the platform deals with bullying or conflict. Even more disappointing is the fact that Hunting did not provide any context about how the space works, the devices that users need to access it, the time commitment required, or any potential side effects this additional existence may have on the offline relationships of its members. He makes VRChat look like a miracle invention and leaves the film bare-knuckled.