Furality Online Xperience
|Furality Online Xperience|
|First iteration||May 22-24, 2020|
The idea for Furality Online Xperience was published on March 28, 2020 through their Telegram channel. The convention gathered widespread attention in the virtual reality community. It is the first official online furry convention of its kind that was visualized in the form of 3D models, or avatars, rather than in real life attendees (artists, furry fans, fursuiters, etc). It was proposed as a 'convention that never ends', since the idea was that VRChat is a platform that will continue to be online after the convention is over. Another reason for this was that furry meetups on VRChat happen very frequently around the time that FOX was hosted.
There was no registration fee to sign up. However, a donation was encouraged and could be given to the convention's charity, SaveAFox; a non-profit organization based in Minnesota. Notable attendees included VRChat co-creator "VRPill"; furry YouTuber Pocari Roo; and professional fighting game player SonicFox5000.
Furality Online Xperience garnered large attention for a first-time convention on social media websites Twitter, Telegram, and Discord. Attending an online convention was seen as highly convenient for many reasons, including safety from the COVID-19 virus, financial ease from not purchasing hotel rooms, expensive convention registration, passport registration, travel burdens, and more. Some attendees mentioned they were geographically isolated from mainstream conventions, or suffer from social anxiety, which made FOX a great alternative for them.
During the first day of the convention many attendees complained of not being able to access the online portal that would allow them to join the convention rooms; the Furality staff had to postpone the sending of login information emails in order to not completely overload either the VRChat servers or their own web portal. Furality staff apologized for the delay to those affected and began sending out the remaining login information emails by Saturday morning, as the service had stabilized significantly.
There was a total of 2,692 confirmed attendees its first weekend -- a number that Furality staff did not not anticipate. At the time the convention ended, it was ranked the tenth largest furry convention as of May 2020, shying between Anthro New England that had 2,570 attendees in 2020, and DenFur that had 2,735 attendees in 2019.
During the closing ceremony, it was announced that attendees of the convention raised 1,183 donations for Furality's sponsored charity, SaveAFox, totaling $8,646.93 USD gathered throughout the weekend. Furality Online Xperience was deemed a great success, and is considered a milestone for online furry conventions.
Downloads and requirements
VRChat can be downloaded on Steam for both VR and non-VR users interested in attending Furality. It was stated on their website that although a virtual reality (VR) headset is not needed in order to attend the event, it is recommended "for the best experience".
- Furality Online Xperience front page. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
- System Requirements page on VRChat's website. Dated January 10, 2020. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
- Platforms page on the Steam's website. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
- Furality Online Xperience on Twitter
- Furality Online Xperience on Discord
- Furality Online Xperience on Telegram
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