I just participated to the event with around 420 people in The Spot. While I was experimenting a very good sound, I hit the problem with the white spheres for 90% of the experience, until I luckily read a board where it was written that “if you see too many white sphere you should try to change domain and coming back”.
After that 99% of the avatars where visible again.
While I was there I noticed that there were (so far as I was able to spot) some activities going on:
A person was hunting the scene trying to interview the people with in depth questions on social VR, this is a very good idea. I suppose that he was from the High Fidelity staff, but am not completely sure.
A quiz was working on some part of the half hour before the event. That was a nice idea, but I found the questions especially for a non native English speaker a bit complex to answer. Also a bit nerdy (some of them were about minecraft crafting).
An avatar context was being held and if I understood correctly ganeesha did win.
At the end Philip did come down to the crowd and handshaking people for friendship. I couldnt remain there after almost two hours of vr I was a bit exhausted.
A lot of check-in helper were available in the scene, but they were almost under-used since the only real check-in information was that people should have logged-in with the login they specified in the eventbrite ticket.
So what in my opinion can be improved in these stress tests? I try to list some ideas and something I had problems with:
A) Important notices should appear in the huds of the participants, like the tip on the white spheres. I would suggest that every participant should have a script loaded where important notices and information should be displayed, (and possibly also the number of people connected that can be quite interesting).
B) Check-in helper can be used better to animate small groups instead of simply staying there without having specific tasks other than saying you are already checked in. Some of the helper were not English speaker, I understood that at least one was Indian and another was Spanish. Maybe not English people can display their nationality so that they can become an attraction pole to begin some interesting discussions? Since sound and audio is really amazing, I think that this should be heavily exploited.
C) I was not able to see the name of the avatar around so it was almost impossible to find my friends or other people from Italy. people button on the hud was completely unusable and quite cumbersome especially in vr mode. Here again I suggest to have a script with avatar tagging enabled by default.
I think that giving a scope to the participating people and avoid having all of them crowded in a unique spot where @philip is, and trying to animate them with professional social extrovert people can be a good idea.
Just brainstorming, but if HF won’t find something different from just “hanging” there (and many people did actually hang in the air), the entire experience risks to become a little boring and people might choose not to come again…
My 2 cents…