During this unprecedented awards season that wrapped on Sunday with the Oscars, Hollywood societies and guilds sought out creative ways for viewers to mingle and network during virtual galas. One such example is how the Motion Picture Sound Editors pulled off its 68th Golden Reel Awards, which was part Zoom meeting, part video game.

Held April 16 and built on Allseated’s “exVo” virtual event system, it began when a guest entered the event and was prompted to upload their photo which was placed on the head of their personal avatar (guests also had the option to add a company logo). The avatars then entered a virtual event space, inspired by locations in New York and Mexico.

Guests used their keyboards to move their avatars around the environment–though some of us also bumped into virtual walls or walked through virtual furniture along the way. Clicking on another avatar opened up a zoom chat with that guest. If more people clicked on, that turned into a group chat.

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