A vistor to the DuSable Museum watches the "I Have a Dream" speech presented in VR. Photo by AP.
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The Growing Pains of Exploring History Using VR and the Metaverse

By  |  Aug. 30, 2021 11:00 AM PDT
Photo: A vistor to the DuSable Museum watches the "I Have a Dream" speech presented in VR. Photo by AP.

However well-meaning, a new attempt by Time magazine and Epic Games to teach history through Epic’s Fortnite has sparked debate around how videogames, VR and the metaverse should handle historical subjects.

Launched late last week, the “March Through Time” experience in Fortnite is a digital exhibit based on 1963’s March on Washington, including video screens playing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in full. “March Through Time” is actually an offshoot of an earlier March on Washington project from Time simply called “The March,” an immersive VR exhibition at Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History.

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