The Husband has always been a keen gamer and carefully negotiated with me to get a VR set today. I myself am NOT a gamer – the games themselves agitate me and I resent the life-sucking lack of something to show for any time spent playing them
But Hubby convinced me to have a go at the VR set…. Wow. Just wow.
I’ve had quick trials of VR before and wasn’t too impressed, but this… this was something else.
And after 15mins of play (understandably there were impatient kids wanting a go) I was left with a mind full of questions… and concerns.
First thing is the kids won’t be playing any fighting/shooting type games on it – period.
Second is… far out, I could seriously start to enjoy gaming…..NOOOOOOO!!!!!
And there were others but they are for another post.
The experience is incredible. There’s a period of transition as you go from reality to entering the world. At first you are aware that you are ‘in the game’ but very quickly, with the ability to ‘see’ 360 degrees with no visual or sound interruptions from the real world, you forget that nothing is real.
In the scenario I played I was in a wizard’s castle, standing behind a large table with a cauldron and various items on the table in front of me. I was able to pick these up and manipulate them. The room itself is huge and the detail was amazing. A movement to my left caught my eye and turning around I saw it was rat. He scuttled around throughout my session doing his thing. I cast a spell with the items and turned things into butterflies which flew up and around me and then landed gently on my outstretched hand. I watched them up close and in detail, glowing and softly beating their wings.
It was beautiful.
And what was interesting was my physical responses to nothing but image and sound. My husband laughed at my incredulous delight and the fact that I had stooped, as he had to look at the shelf beneath the table. And been careful to move so as to not bump my head on a protruding part of the table, a hindrance which in reality did not exist. I believed it was there and so I acted accordingly – despite the fact that somewhere in my consciousness I knew it wasn’t real… that part was inaccessible in the moment.
And it makes me think… we talk about cages of our own making, but what an amazing example presented itself today.
How many more obstacles do I navigate around purely because I believe them to be real?