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Imagine Dr. Phil, but in virtual reality, and with the constant risk of being harassed by a mob of Thomas the Tank Engines with Nic Cage faces. That’ll give you some idea of what it’s like to be Syrmor.
From the comfort of his Toronto apartment, Syrmor makes videos of his intense experiences in VR Chat, a free game where you log in, choose an avatar, and drop into a virtual world to chat with people across the globe. It’s almost completely unmoderated, which can make for some interesting, and occasionally terrifying, interactions.
Syrmor picked up VR Chat in early 2018 out of curiosity and started recording the things he saw and uploading the results to YouTube. At first, his videos were focused on the bizarre, and he had a hand in propelling the viral (and arguably racist) “Ugandan Knuckles” meme into the mainstream.
But one day, Syrmor stumbled into a VR conversation with a drunk man (who was using an anime girl avatar) who started crying about how wonderful life is.
“It was like it was the most human and … memorable conversation I had in VR chat up until that point,” Syrmor said in an interview with VICE News.
Since then, Syrmor’s channel has been