VR gaming parties anyone? Answered
Last week I was "volunteered" by friend to help setting up a rented and empty factory building for what he called a VR gaming party.
My job was down to somehow get enough cables and power outlets from that rented industrial power box inside the building.
And well, organising about 800m of network cables with routers, switches and whatnots :(
After a hard days work and testing all we went for a well deserved beer.
Next day I pooped in to see how the computers are going and where things like tables, catering stations, portable toilets and so would go.
Well, the later ended outside for various reasons...
To my surprise all hardware was basically boxed in and then padded all around.
And although not even running at full capacity the computers already created a lot of heating the building.
(Mind you we getting into the summer here)
The most confusing thing was seeing several elevated work platforms with people creating a maze of wires about 2.5m above floor level.
Now it dawned on me that this "party" might slightly more than what I was used to in my gaming years.
Was curious enough to ask if I could jump in again when the actual thing starts and was invited for a quick test later that night.
Walking around in an empty building while thinking you are inside some racing game was a strange thing to say the least.
I learned why there where two people around me and my brain not always makes the right decisions without the sensory information provided by my ears matching what my eyes see.
A bit later when most players where set up and active I realised that this type of VR is not for me.
Ever seen those movies where someone has really bad halucinations and tries to fight against something that is not really there?
Yes, that is exactly how it looked like LOL
Sometimes all is in slow motion then suddenly they jump shoot their virtual guns and go for cover...
I guess if you are not in it then you just won't understand.
Watching the screens for a while I could at least find some relation to the action but it was like another world if you know what I mean ;)
What do you think will the near a slightly further future bring us in terms of virtual reality?
Will it affect us as badly as social media and mobile phones already do or will it bring some real benefits for everyone?
By the way: Virtual Reality Cars are already in the design visions!
Self driving cars that put you into another world while driving - why think you sit in the car if you can put the seat back and immerse yourself into a virtual beach?