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    Virtual Reality

    In general, VR's definition is "...a realistic and immersive simulation of a three-dimensional environment, created using interactive software and hardware, and experienced or controlled by movement of the body" or as an "immersive, interactive experience generated by a computer". (Thanks, Wikipedia!) It's been in the works and continues to be used in various facets since the middle of the 20th century. Have you experienced anything you feel fits the concept of Virtual Realtiy? What are your thought in general?

    I remember vividly a day when we had some sort of after school special party in middle school. I believe I was around 11 or 12. The school was filled with people and random games and refreshments. One section of the gym had a few chairs where you'd sit with a headset of some sort. When I tried it...I was sucked into feeling like I was flying, as my eyes and ears were totally covered by this projection treating me like I was on a flying carpet.

    Some people can handle VR well. Unfortunately, I'm the type who can't handle anything that makes it first person- it sends my neurons into a frenzy. I can't even handle milder things like IMAX movies where you feel like you're exploring the ocean (I had experienced it at school as well, or at least on a school trip). It makes me nauseated and dizzy for some reason- I think it kind of triggers my migraines or something, perhaps. All I know is when I finished that 'flying carpet ride', I couldn't walk straight. And for the IMAX? I had to leave partway through the film and wait for us to go home.

    Still, I find VR fascinating. If it grows enough and I find I can handle it someday, I'd love to be able to immerse myself in a virtual world. But for those who can enjoy it: What kinds of things tickle your interest in VR? Do you have any experience with its youth?
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    It must be difficult to become dizzy so easily. At worst, I've had headaches, though this isn't through VR. I think that once in my life I saw a 3D film in the cinema but I can't remember that experience well. Around five years ago I got two monitors that supported 120Hz. Monitors with these specs are often designed for 3D films, so I got some 3D glasses and used one of the monitors to watch films and play a couple of 3D games. Toy Story 3 was excellent in 3D, but I did get a headache sometimes. You're going face similar things with VR.

    As for VR itself, I haven't tried it yet. I'm strongly considering getting a HTC Vive. I spent a lot of money on a gaming PC a few months ago. So, the most expensive headset—yet alone any PC headset aside from a cheap Chinese one—was absolutely out of the question. However, a fairly local GAME store (I know, as stupid as calling a supermarket "FOOD") has a Vive in the store to try out and they offer a finance plan. So I'd be paying a relatively low cost (considering what it is) every month over the period of two years. Now it looks far more affordable. 14.9% APR isn't that bad. It's the same kind of thing as mobile phone contracts. So yeah, I'm thinking of getting one since my PC is actually designed in part to run VR. I want to get it for this alone:

    Really though, there's heaps of other stuff you can do, such as watching VR porn. (Okay, just kidding about that one, really. ) Three years ago there were people saying stuff about the Oculus Rift like, "You'd be a fool to buy one now since they're way too expensive and there's almost no games library". I agreed, and I've held the same attitude about 4K televisions. But it's been three years now, the price hasn't changed (in fact, the HTC Vive is more expensive) and there are dozens of games coming out every month. The way I see it, now's the time if you want to be an early adopter. Of course you need a powerful PC in the first place which won't be cheap. If you're looking for a cheaper option, it seems you could possibly get a PS4 and a PlayStation VR headset for less than the cost of a PC headset.

    Honestly though, I don't think you'll be able to do as much with the PlayStation VR outside of its first-party titles. I'd love to collaborate with somebody on a project, being able to simply look at each other's screens while working together and seeing a cityscape in the background, then afterwards chilling out in a home cinema and watching some anime, or of course playing a multiplayer game. You could even play pool or walk around a virtual arcade and play some coin-op cabinets. I think it could actually work in practice. I'm watching lots of Vive videos. I'm not sure it's actually as cool as the trailer in the home though.

    I doubt we'll get real VR in our lifetimes though! That's real tapping into the brain shit.

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