Foreword

I am a child of the theme-park world. I grew up in central Florida right around the time Disney World opened. I remember going on the Haunted Mansion ride, and though I couldn’t have articulated it at the time, I recognized that when you move people through space while telling them a story, it creates the feeling of traveling on a journey and gives the experience meaning. I was lucky enough to find ways later in life to apply my love of spatial storytelling to the world of technology. I’ve always innately lived in that world, but this story’s not about me, it’s about how the recent rise of immersive media will affect our future.

We can reflect on every medium that has been created to tell stories and see that people eventually settle ...

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