Virtuality+: The physical body in virtual reality and the path toward augmented virtuality
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While many scholars have decried the erasure of the body in virtual reality (VR), this paper focuses on the body – and the physical reality for which it stands – as a critical component of any experience of virtual reality. Specifically, studying VR from the perspective of the physical body allows for a more nuanced appreciation of the unique reality of this «virtual» reality. Moreover, this paper argues that the body should not be seen as a distraction from the immersive potential of VR, but rather as a potential tool for augmenting what virtual reality can currently offer.