As I mentioned previously, there was no collision for the player character with the floors, walls, or objects in VR Grad Alley and so the concept of a maze is essentially dead in the water. Here’s what happened. For more information about this project or VR development, please visit JumpIntoTheLight.nyc I . By the end of the month, the 2020 Commencement was postponed indefinitely.. For the school’s seniors, already preparing to enter the workforce during the … I . By the end of the month, the 2020 Commencement was postponed indefinitely.. For the school’s seniors, already preparing to enter the workforce during the … Without joining a friend’s room, you couldn’t freely explore and find others like you would online on Minecraft or Roblox. But upon entering the Food Tent, I was immediately transported to fourth grade. I know none of the creators intended that and it was built with love. Whoever made it there, I hope you enjoyed playing with the little rubber duck that I so desperately wanted to find. All rights reserved. At the current location that I’ve quarantined with my family at, I’m still in the same time zone as New York, but the Wi-Fi is spotty at best. One thing that stuck out to me was a “lounge” area surrounding a fire pit. Grad Alley was the last thing on our minds until Thursday, May 7, when NYU announced it would still be holding Grad Alley — just over VR. Eventually I just started flinging pawns across the park. In the chat box, they likened it to a tooth. I had fun. NYU VR Grad Alley is a creative collaboration of the NYU Office of University Events and the NYU Office of Public Affairs along with the design team at Jump Into the Light, a VR Cinema, Playlab, and Volumetric Studio based on the Lower East Side in New York City.. Arguably an NYU staple, the annual party for graduating seniors closes off West 3rd Street for blocks. I thought they would follow me in but alas, I was alone. It had relaxing music, and cute dolphins in the background. I’m not sure if this was specific to my chessboard or not, but each team only had four chess pieces: a King, a Queen, a Knight and a pawn (technically, they respawned infinitely so I guess I had two Knights and eight pawns). FEG: After my experience ridding the world of all sound, I set out to do the same here and found the same music square behind the glowing purple bobcat head in the middle of the room. When I entered the trivia lounge, I found myself inside a circular room with red curtains and a floor with miscellaneous geometrical shapes — the kind you might see in an old-school arcade. NYU VR Grad Alley is a creative collaboration of the NYU Office of University Events and the NYU Office of Public Affairs along with the design team at Jump Into the Light, a VR Cinema, Playlab, and Volumetric Studio based on the Lower East Side in New York City.. The video had stopped on the question: “How many people were in NYU’s first graduating class?” I tried everything to get this video to continue playing, but it absolutely refused to budge. NYU’s Class of 2020 Graduates Over Livestream. I felt very dumb, but at least I was out of the Food Tent. Heather Cameron Freedman is a New York-based costume designer and visual artist, who works in opera, theater, film, and dance. Hitting pause, the ethereal music that was playing stopped. Though I have extensive experience with videogames and a basic understanding of VR mechanics, I have never played a VR game. Abby Hofstetter: I had absolutely no idea what to expect. The empty space, the calm music, the single broken trivia video — it all worked to create a surprisingly eerie atmosphere. Left click + drag or One finger drag (touch) Zoom. contact: ucose@stern.nyu.edu . First: the game pieces. In the chat box, they likened it to a tooth. But the ways that the servers functioned — being put in a different server every time you went to a new location, and usually being alone at that location as a result — undid most of the togetherness, replacing it with a feeling of frustration for having to enter a room code for the eighth time. About NYU. But that doesn’t mean this experience was anything near worthwhile. I don’t really play video games but I do have some background in VR coding, so I was very worried about my laptop (which I just got back from Apple Support), the strength of my WiFi and the usefulness of my AirPods. Moving in Together During a Pandemic: Why Now? Schools with subdomain emails are permitted. But there were a couple of problems. I could have teleported using the right mouse button, but this takes a while to hold and release, only blinking you a short distance, so I supermanned it. I’ve never gone to Violet Ball, but it gave me a similar vibe: a cool party in a place you would not expect a cool party to be. NYU – like many of you – is looking ahead to the spring Commencement time. It was one of the first rooms I joined, and no one else was in there with me for the entire duration I was there. At the current location that I’ve quarantined with my family at, I’m still in the same time zone as New York, but the Wi-Fi is spotty at best. Washington Square Campus. Perhaps that’s due to the game’s seeming determination to split every single one of its players into their own isolated servers for no reason, but even the elements meant to celebrate the graduating class of 2020 feel empty. AH: I was very confused by Chess in the Park. For business. We marveled at the stationary splash of water pasted on top of the fountain. But after an hour of playing, I had a headache so big that I’m still feeling residual effects. I was very confused by Chess in the Park. This was the only other room where I naturally encountered another human being. in chat which they didn’t acknowledge, and once they had won they promptly left. For NYU Community The Class of 2012, their families, and their friends are invited to attend the 16th annual Grad Alley, a Commencement eve celebration marking the accomplishments of our graduates, on Tuesday, May 15th, from 5:00-8:00 pm. I flew to the roof where I found a model of the NYU torch. I had a rough time getting used to the keyboard controls though, and that made it a lot harder, so maybe this was the activity for the kids who don’t game. stern.nyu.edu/gradinfo . There were food stands along the walls, but when I got to the hot dog stand, I was disappointed to find that there were no hot dogs, as was the same for the rest of the stalls. I’m not the most seasoned Pictionary player, but I’d imagine you would need slightly more time than what was available here. NYU was the first to host a virtual reality graduation party, allowing 2020 graduates to fly around a simulated "Virtual Reality Grad Alley." From multiple comparisons to. The only interaction I had throughout my whole gameplay was in the park with someone who told me that they were proud of me. Phone: 212-998-5300. Congrats grads. I’m not sure if this was specific to my chessboard or not, but each team only had four chess pieces: a King, a Queen, a Knight and a pawn (technically, they respawned infinitely so I guess I had two Knights and eight pawns). (That only looked cute from afar, I went up close to them and got freaked out by their frozen stance in mid-air). Interestingly, there was no one in the room with me. We marveled at the stationary splash of water pasted on top of the fountain. I . I knew exactly what was coming. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have expected anything else and I’m not sure why I did, but it still would have been nice to have a little glimpse into this room in the preview video. Login Sign Up Upload. Cancel. FEG: Floating around, I found that there was no collision whatsoever with the default fly mode enabled. Fortunately, after a bit of technical troubleshooting, I was able to get VR Grad Alley running through Google Chrome on my gaming laptop. WHAT: Thousands will attend NYU’s annual pre-Commencement “Grad Alley” event near its Washington Square campus -- featuring food, musical acts, and performances -- in celebration of the graduates of 2016 and their loved ones. AH: The ideas behind VR Grad Alley were definitely well-intentioned and my heart goes out to everyone who worked on building this. I was panicked. It did not look like a carnival, it looked like my elementary school’s cafeteria. NYU officials ushered thousands of students into a virtual space dubbed "VR Grad Alley," a blocky, low-res re-creation of places associated with the school. There were props, 3D backgrounds, “#NYUGrad2020” frame below the word “congratulations” and a beach background complete with palm trees. I quickly found another interactable music square and paused the sounds of birds and cars. For business. I really enjoyed walking through the replica of the park, and was impressed by the accuracy despite being designed in about a month, but I wish the purpose of the rooms were more transparent to understand. Connecting talented and ambitious people in the world's greatest cities, our mission is to be a top quality institution. May 19, 2020 NYU Grad Alley Washington Square Campus 5pm-8pm TENTATIVE May 20, 2020 NYU Commencement Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY (no classes/clinics for Senior students only) TENTATIVE May _, 2020 NYU Dentistry Graduation Day SUMMER 2020 May 18, 2020 First day of NYU Dentistry Fast -Track Day and DHYG Summer Session I Evening and BS Programs Unfortunately, I suppose I will never learn just how many people were in NYU’s first graduating class. You have entered an incorrect email address! Have you ever been the first person to arrive to a party with no host, so you’re kind of just sitting there alone on the virtual Kimmel Rooftop waiting for someone to show up, but then when someone finally does show up, it’s a stranger, and you feel even more uncomfortable than when you were alone, so you just leave? I figured this may have been a problem for others too, seeing that NYU’s Instagram started posting codes for a more general audience to join and interact with each other as the night was closer to ending. TUESDAY, MAY 19 GRAD ALLEY West Third Street . I copied it twice and posed with a picture of Plankton that I imported into the game as a 2D object by picking an attachment from my computer and called it a night. CLASS OF 2020 GRADUATION EVENTS . AH: I wish I would have known more about the Trivia Lounge going into it. First: the game pieces. Tisch Salute to the Class of 2020, originally scheduled at Radio City Music Hall, has been postponed. The food was not street fair food: there were heads of broccoli, whole apples and pies set precariously on the tables. Cancel. I felt like the elderly man in that. I texted my friends, all of whom were in their own individual Food Tents, in the exact same situation. I was definitely excited, but in the same sort of way that a second-grader is excited on the first day of school: 90% excited, 10% terrified. Grad Virtual Tours To register, select from available events below. I wish I would have known more about the Trivia Lounge going into it. Floating gray platforms dotted two paths up the outside of the Empire State Building with the object of the game being to race against a friend to the top. From a young age, I was already playing several comparable online social experiences such as “Club Penguin” and “Roblox.” I’ve even dipped my toes into virtual reality through a couple sessions of games like “Skyrim” and “VR Chat” on my friend’s Playstation VR. Dear Teen TV Shows: Can We Please Stop Glorifying Toxic Men? I rushed over to the screen, only to find that it had stopped on a different question. All rights reserved. Their good intentions are apparent, and I am a firm believer that it is the thought that counts. In his initial email postponing the in-person ceremony President Hamilton stated the university would hold one eventually, although the details still remain unclear. Unfortunately, the quality of intentions does not define the final product. When I moved closer to or further from the board, the size of the pieces stayed the same and also never left my screen, so if I moved away and then came back, all my pieces were slightly shifted to different locations on the board. It was satisfyingly bizarre. This isn’t the fault of its designers; I’m sure that any Roblox acid trip would struggle to draw many eager gamers in the whirlpool of anxiety and confusion that is every waking moment as a young individual diving headfirst into a nonexistent job market and a world that has resigned itself to being flipped on its head. The music was solid but I didn’t know it, and I couldn’t dance — I didn’t know if my avatar could do that, and if it could, I had no idea how to set that in motion. SPRING 2020 STERN SENIOR SENDOFF Location TBD . 0. TUESDAY, MAY 19 GRAD ALLEY March 25, 2020. New York University Grad Alley. Considering the extremely short development period of one month and the small team of roughly 11 people that worked on this project according to Parikh, it would be somewhat unfair to expect anything more than what was on display here. Moving around this digital version of the center of the New York campus does remind me of the real-life location, but more in the sense of reminding me how much I would rather be there than here on my laptop. Photo by John Hollands.. Today, after much virtual pomp and circumstance, NYU’s Class of 2020 graduated into an uncertain world. NYU. There was a strange purple confetti flying around, that made me think of the pollution in the city — but visible through this experience. It was a bit stressful, especially because I was still trying to figure out how to work the game. Have you ever been the first person to arrive to a party? As WSN’s four resident gamers, we felt obliged to report on it. All NYU. My patriotic duty fulfilled, I flew to the chessboard. My experiments with equine cloning quickly grew tiring. I later found out that no one else I spoke to found this particularly difficult. An institution without walls, we draw spirit from our cities and their famous cultural institutions and professional opportunities. I didn’t immediately find a way to shut off the music here, which would have been a blessing as the blaring action movie soundtrack quickly gave me a headache. NYU was the first to host a virtual reality graduation party, allowing 2020 graduates to fly around a simulated "Virtual Reality Grad Alley." It was one of the first rooms I joined, and no one else was in there with me for the entire duration I was there. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The video had stopped on the question: “How many people were in NYU’s first graduating class?” I tried everything to get this video to continue playing, but it absolutely refused to budge. I walked (or flew?) Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYU researchers have been working on ways to detect and destroy the coronavirus—plus measure its impact on our society. I was also in the room alone, so I couldn’t flex my knowledge of which famous NYU alum was on the fencing team (Neil Diamond). I . The food hanging from the ceilings gave a pinata-esque vibe. In an email sent on Tuesday, May 19 to students, NYU Provost Katherine Fleming announced a series of plans being considered by the university in order to avoid a fully remote semester for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. Crouched in “Violet” the bobcat’s shadow I clicked on a little Statue of Liberty to duplicate it and created a stack of bronze ladies. NYU Menu bar Instructions. I flung around some broccoli and a pie, and watched it respawn as I kept grabbing more. Grad Alley. I know I said I had no expectations for this experience, but I guess I lied. (That only looked cute from afar, I went up close to them and got freaked out by their frozen stance in mid-air). The selfie room was perhaps the most fleshed out of all the ones that I visited, but it feels strange to be taking photos of a toddle tot that I birthed thirty minutes prior. Whenever I entered a room and lost my friends I’d just feel tired and alone — reminded of what I actually was once I shut my computer off and all my friends’ avatars were gone: tired and alone. I was ready to take VR Grad Alley as it was. This was the only other room where I naturally encountered another human being. Calm ambient music filled my headphones and I could hear a faint ticking noise from somewhere else in the lounge. My little avatar imagined other VR Grad Alley avatars sitting on the couches surrounding the pit sipping on a coffee donned in their caps and gowns, but it was just me. FEG: I did not find the portal to the secret room myself but was kindly shown around by Parikh. © Copyright Washington Square News. MAY 19: NYU VR Grad Alley MAY 20: NYU Commencement Online Celebration, 11am EDT MAY 21: Tisch Virtual Salute, 10:45am EDT Directions Fortunately, after a bit of technical troubleshooting, I was able to get VR Grad Alley running through Google Chrome on my gaming laptop. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Five minutes into VR Grad Alley I was alone beneath Washington Square Park in the silent nothingness. May 19, 2020 NYU Grad Alley Washington Square Campus 5pm-8pm TENTATIVE May 20, 2020 NYU Commencement Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY (no classes/clinics for Senior students only) TENTATIVE May _, 2020 NYU Dentistry Graduation Day SUMMER 2020 May 18, 2020 First day of NYU Dentistry Fast -Track Day and DHYG Summer Session I Evening and BS Programs I felt like the elderly man in that Pixar short, but minus the skill and half the chess pieces. I couldn’t figure out how to get out of the Food Tent. There was a screen showing a DJ using a touch bar, and I wondered if this was live or a pre-recorded video. It’s Me, Margaret,” asked the book by Judy Blume ’61. Finally, I got stuck. Join our more than 40,000 students studying in hundreds of programs on six continents all around the globe. STERN . I had joined after them and so I was unable to catch up. The last problem was that I was alone. The low-polygon version of Washington Square Park lurks very deep in the depths of the uncanny valley for me. COVID-19 Info Search Search Site. Second, you must use your NYU Net ID email and it must end with an “nyu.edu” domain. Grad Alley. As WSN’s four resident gamers, we felt obliged to report on it. I don’t know how to adequately describe the time I spent in the Food Tent. I’m happy to have travelled through VR Grad Alley, though I wouldn’t have if not for this article, and the good laughs that it provided were more than welcome in these times. Hitting pause, the ethereal music that was playing stopped. Their good intentions are apparent, and I am a firm believer that it is the thought that counts. Recent projects include Red Velvet (NYU Grad Acting),“Marimba” Choreographed by Lar Lubovitch (Second Avenue Dance Company), and Out of Order, a short film by Brandon and Cameron Laventure. Fareid El Gafy: I knew exactly what was coming. But I was in the Food Tent alone. DJ Booth - Download Free 3D model by nyu_grad_alley_2020 (@nyu_grad_alley_2020) [75a31c0] 188th Commencement Exercises For NYU Community The Class of 2012, their families, and their friends are invited to attend the 16th annual Grad Alley, a Commencement eve celebration marking the accomplishments of our graduates, on Tuesday, May 15th, from 5:00-8:00 pm. Any fun to be had through exploration was bogged down by a huge amount of bugs, glitches and intuitive controls. FEG: As a graduating senior myself, I appreciate the sentiment of trying to provide another dimension to our uniquely virtual celebrations. Photo by John Hollands.. Today, after much virtual pomp and circumstance, NYU’s Class of 2020 graduated into an uncertain world. I . These tours, narrated in real time by current NYU students, are designed to give prospective and recently admitted NYU graduate and professional students a general introduction to our campus and facilities. Heather was the Resident Fellow of Rhode Island School of … The students and staff who worked on this project took it upon themselves to provide us in the class of 2020 with a gift as we miss out on the traditions that our predecessors enjoyed. Obviously an event like this could never fully replicate the real-life counterpart, but it just feels devoid of all the liveliness and excitement that I imagine would be present at the in-person Grad Alley. Graduate! 2/7 short tutorials on Mozilla Hubs for attendees of NYU’s VR Grad Alley 2020 by JITL Provided the low-polygon aesthetic of the world in the previews, I expected VR Grad Alley to especially be in line with the gameplay and feel of “Roblox,” which I would welcome considering my nostalgia for that game. EZ: Though you could take photos of your avatar pretty much anywhere in the Virtual Grad Alley, this room hosted a number of props for you to really take your photos to the next level. But that doesn’t mean this experience was anything near worthwhile. The view of the skyscrapers surrounding it made me miss New York City, and reminded me of the PlayStation 4’s Spider-Man game. = It filled me with dread. contact: ucose@stern.nyu.edu . I made a joke about shifting into maximum overdrive in chat which they didn’t acknowledge, and once they had won they promptly left. As a graduating senior myself, I appreciate the sentiment of trying to provide another dimension to our uniquely virtual celebrations. But there were a couple of problems. Recent projects include Red Velvet (NYU Grad Acting),“Marimba” Choreographed by Lar Lubovitch (Second Avenue Dance Company), and Out of Order, a short film by Brandon and Cameron Laventure. I flew to the island and embraced the picturesque scene of sailboats and Lady Liberty, pretending it was the real thing. I was on EST using Firefox on a MacBook and a decent internet connection that I use for video chatting and online games frequently. It was a bit stressful, especially because I was still trying to figure out how to work the game. All-NYU Commencement. but minus the skill and half the chess pieces. It was time to play Pictionary, and though I was the only one on this island, that was not going to stop me. With no one else to play with, I took to raising an army of horses by duplicating the knight piece. I explored the rooftop, and as I flew away from the DJ, the music faded and it seemed like I was actually in a next room over from the actual event. I really enjoyed walking through the replica of the park, and was impressed by the accuracy despite being designed in about a month, but I wish the purpose of the rooms were more transparent to understand. It’s Me, Margaret,” asked the book by Judy Blume ’61. Or maybe I’m overthinking and I was just really bad at climbing the Empire State Building. I’m usually terrible at mazes (and the fact that I was never really sure what direction my avatar was going in didn’t help), but I got through this one with relative ease. Though I have extensive experience with videogames and a basic understanding of VR mechanics, I have never played a VR game. I love trivia and I’m super competitive, so when I entered the Trivia Lounge I was kind of disappointed to find that it wasn’t a game of any sort — it was just a video playing on a loop, like the ones that play when you get to the movies too early, but with obscure questions about NYU. BG: There were clues strewn about rooms that I assumed lead you to the Secret Room, but maybe my logistical and gaming skills aren’t as developed as I thought to find it. FEG: As I mentioned previously, there was no collision for the player character with the floors, walls, or objects in VR Grad Alley and so the concept of a maze is essentially dead in the water. I flew to the roof where I found a model of the NYU torch. One thing that stuck out to me was a “lounge” area surrounding a fire pit. BG: I didn’t actually play Pictionary on Pictionary Island, moreso wandered the entire “room” exploring and trying to navigate my avatar above the constant moving waves. Obviously an event like this could never fully replicate the real-life counterpart, but it just feels devoid of all the liveliness and excitement that I imagine would be present at the in-person Grad Alley. My hesitance stemmed more from my worry that I would not be able to properly access the experience. Unfortunately, the quality of intentions does not define the final product. I was definitely excited, but in the same sort of way that a second-grader is excited on the first day of school: 90% excited, 10% terrified. If it did, “The Room” would have won all of the Oscars Tommy Wiseau felt it deserved when he submitted it to the. In This Section. NYU posted a development, it was clear that students were more than curious about what VR Grad Alley had in store. Five minutes into VR Grad Alley I was alone beneath Washington Square Park in the silent nothingness. Everything was much bigger than my avatar, which felt like a mismatch. It was satisfyingly bizarre. I also had fun, which I didn’t expect either — I don’t typically like mazes. EZ: When I entered the trivia lounge, I found myself inside a circular room with red curtains and a floor with miscellaneous geometrical shapes — the kind you might see in an old-school arcade. It did not look like a carnival, it looked like my elementary school’s cafeteria. To take a picture, I had to press the camera button at the top of the screen to spawn a camera a few seconds later. I stopped playing but left the tab open to just listen to the music but for some reason it abruptly stopped, which then alerted me to the astronomical fan sound that was coming from my computer. But the ways that the servers functioned — being put in a different server every time you went to a new location, and usually being alone at that location as a result — undid most of the togetherness, replacing it with a feeling of frustration for having to enter a room code for the eighth time. I felt very dumb, but at least I was out of the Food Tent. Moving around this digital version of the center of the New York campus does remind me of the real-life location, but more in the sense of reminding me how much I would rather be there than here on my laptop. 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