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Metaverse December 19, 2021

Virtual reality headsets used at U.S. Hill Air Force Base



Hill Air Force Base is a base of the United States Air Forces Virtual reality is increasingly being used by Airmen to prepare for high-pressure scenarios.

Virtual reality is now being used to teach airmen at Hill Air Force Base to deal with high-pressure situations.

Hill’s military police have access to a range of situations thanks to headset technology.

Hill Air Force Base


Real life scenarios.

“These are the officers that patrol checkpoints and base entrances. On base, they also react to law enforcement calls. They sometimes have to make split-second decisions on whether or not to use force”.

“The benefit of having these virtual reality scenarios is to methodically educate our defenders,” said Sgt. Tech Elizabeth Gregson.

Gregson also presented one of these examples to a class. “You’ve been deployed to a domestic disturbance report involving a male and female.” Digital actors communicate and respond to orders, but much as in real life, they don’t always do so.

According to Gregson, “As law enforcement officers, we already know that using force is our bread and butter. It’s something we do on a regular basis in order to make the best selections possible.” It’s crucial to understand when to use force and when not to. Trainers can use this tool to load multiple scenarios and results and then repeat them afterwards.

“I think it’s incredibly important to be able to offer feedback and be able to see what they did wrong and what they may have done great, and be able to build on that,” Staff Sgt. Devon Ashton said.

“There’s nothing like putting on your gear, chasing each other, and fighting in a training setting,” says the author, “but this provides us another tool.”

Virtual reality provides an extra means of preparing for life-or-death decisions. “Making the proper judgments is critical,” Ashton remarked.

Last July, the 75th Security Squadron of Hill got three of the headsets. They may utilize them to workout as a group or split up and communicate via the helmets.

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Restaurants Engaging Customers in the Metaverse



Restaurants Engaging Customers in the Metaverse

A host of restaurant chains are now in the metaverse, leveraging the virtual world to improve brand engagement.

In 2022 most major U.S. brands moved to protect their brand rights and applied for metaverse trademarks. Not all of them followed through with products. Here are the restaurants that made good on their intention to enter the virtual plane, offering everything from loyalty bonuses to virtually hosted wedding ceremonies.


In April this year, Wendy’s was among the first eateries to jump into the metaverse. The Wendyverse features a communal town square and a basketball court where players can shoot burgers instead of basketballs. In April, the company doubled down on its Wendyverse and added a new location; Sunrise City. 

“In the metaverse, you can’t just slap a logo on something and call it a day,” said Carl Loredo, Wendy’s chief marketing officer. “You need to give consumers an immersive opportunity to interact with the brand, so they want to come back for more.”

The Wendyverse is part of Meta’s Horizon Worlds.


Chipotle is another early adopter of the metaverse, establishing a presence in Roblox in October 2021. The company now has its own burrito-building game. The first 100,000 players to roll up a fat one earned a free entree as a reward.

Jimmy John’s

Sandwich chain Jimmy John’s has also gone virtual, joining the well-established virtual community of Decentraland. Once inside, customers can build their own virtual sandwich. The best virtual sandwich became an ordering option on Jimmy John’s menu.

Restaurants Engaging Customers in the Metaverse

Taco Bell

Taco Bell is another restaurant chain that opted to enter the metaverse via Decentraland. The restaurant invited couples to tie the knot in Taco Bell’s Metaverse Wedding Chapel in August. If that sounds good to you, MetaNews regrets to report that a lucky winning couple has already been found.


When there’s no more room for Starbucks in the real world, the coffee shop chain will conquer the metaverse. The brand launched Starbucks Odyssey in September, allowing Starbucks reward members to buy and trade non-fungible tokens (NFTs). To lower the barriers to entry, the Starbucks Odyssey is available to anyone via the Starbucks rewards app on their phone.

Wow Bao

Rounding up the list is Wow Bao, offering a metaverse experience and an NFT membership program via its app. The restaurant chain will also provide a virtual ordering experience through its metaverse, with food delivered to your home address in the real world.


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Metaverse Investing: Tokens or Stocks?



The metaverse is currently a hot topic, and with good reason. It is expected to grow by up to 48% per year until 2029, making it a highly lucrative sector to invest in.

As a result, businesses in social networking, gaming, and cloud computing also stand to benefit from the increased interest in the metaverse.

Metaverse tokens or stocks?

One way to invest in the metaverse is through metaverse tokens, which can be used as a form of investment in shares of a metaverse company. Another option is to invest in the metaverse space through virtual land purchase or acquisitions of digital assets.

Three companies that are well-positioned to benefit from the growth of the metaverse are Nvidia, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and Match Group (MTCH).

Nvidia is a US corporation that designs graphics processing units (GPUs), application programming interfaces (APIs) for data science and high-performance computing, and system on a chip units (SoCs) for the mobile computing and automotive markets.

Omniverse another metaverse

Nvidia is expected to benefit greatly from the growing interest in the metaverse in 2023, thanks to its “Omniverse” platform, which allows users to create and design items for the metaverse. The market is expected to contribute billions of dollars to Nvidia’s earnings in the long term as the sector grows.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is another US-based company that makes semiconductors. Its chips are used in data centers and are suitable for end products.

While AMD is not directly involved in the metaverse, it is expected to benefit from the growing demand for its products from crypto miners. As mining increases, so will sales for AMD, making it a sort of “shovel manufacturer” for the metaverse.

Tinder-owner on a roll

Match Group (MTCH) is a group that dominates the online dating industry including the overly popular dating app Tinder, with a market share of over 60%. It has a significant asset portfolio in the industry and generates significant free cash flows, equivalent to around 28% of its sales.

Its recent announcement that it will invest in a dating metaverse and a virtual currency means that it will naturally benefit from the buzz around the metaverse. By encouraging virtual encounters, the company will be moving away from its core business of encouraging offline relationships on its platform.

Worth considering

In conclusion, we believe that the metaverse is a highly promising area with a lot of potential for growth. Investing in metaverse stocks can be a great way to take advantage of this growth.

The three companies mentioned above are well-positioned to benefit from the growth of the metaverse and are worth considering for investment. In any case, its important to understand the value of the security before allocation and funds to the said asset. One needs to carefully study and analyse their fundamentals to determine whether one is making a sound investment decision.


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Metaverse Runner-up in Word of the Year Vote



The word metaverse

Metaverse claimed second place in the Oxford Word of the Year 2022, losing out by public vote to the eventual winner ‘goblin mode.’

Three hundred thousand people cast their vote in the competition with goblin mode the favorite among the voting public. According to the Oxford University Press goblin mode is a slang term that is “a type of [behavior] which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.”

Goblin mode first emerged as a phrase in 2009 but witnessed a small resurgence in popularity in February and March of 2022. 

Metaverse usage over 2022

The popularity of the word metaverse over time

Metaverse more popular by usage

This year marked the first occasion the Oxford University Press opened ‘Word of the Year’ to a public vote. Goblin mode proved popular in the poll, but second-placed ‘metaverse’ is by far the more popular word by usage.

Oxford University Press gauges word popularity by frequency per million (FPM) tokens, measuring how many instances there are of the keyword per million words.

Goblin mode reached the height of its success in March with a FPM of 0.16. In February the FPM of goblin mode was just below 0.12. Goblin mode remained at or around 0.02 for the remainder of the year.

February was the best performing month for metaverse with a FPM in the 30-34 range, making it between 175-212 times more popular than goblin mode. The FPM of metaverse never fell below 10 for the entire year.

Last year, Oxford University Press selected “vax” as its word of the year. At its peak vax enjoyed a FPM in the 3-3.5 range

The internet knows what is best

In 2016 the British Government asked the public to vote on a new name for a $287 million state-of-the-art polar research ship. The voting public resoundingly voted for the name “Boaty McBoatface.”

Having sought the wisdom of the crowd, the British government went on to christen the ship the RSS Sir David Attenborough.


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