I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a frigid January when I found my friend Eddie knocking on my door at my home in Roblin about 3 years ago. Welcoming my friend in the door I noticed he had this huge mysterious box. He was ecstatic and speaking so fast I was having trouble catching anything he had to say.
Setting the box on the kitchen table he finally slowed himself down and began setting on the table the components of the box of mystery:
- A hardcore laptop
- A big high-tech headset
- Some stick hand controllers
- Lots of wires
- Package padding
It’s Finally Happening & I’m Excited
I was growing in excitement as he laid things out. I had heard so much about VR (virtual reality) but hadn’t actually any real first hand experience. This was going to be my first time and thankfully I had the rest of the evening free to do whatever I desired.
Hooking everything up and powering up the experience was the easy part. The hard part was clearing out enough space so nothing could get broken or anyone hurt. Then it began… a sensation comes about as the immersive experience takes hold. I felt like I was almost in another world and it was pretty neat to say the least.
But How Are The Controls?
The controls were very responsive and I had little trouble quickly adapting to the way of things. Transitioning from traditional hand-eye control using controllers and a screen, I saw the appeal that VR would have to anyone but knew instantly that it would not replace the old ways at all. VR games can really wear on the user’s stamina and alot more energy is exerted in order to play. Although there are a lot of advantages and benefits to this playstyle, I believe most people will burn out quickly and resort back to their old systems in the long run.
A Relaxing Simulation Experience
The VR experience does not just encapsulate gaming though. I used it as a simulation and just laid back and listened to the music while staring into the sea in my headset, it truly was a relaxing and amazing experience. Next I tried floating in space. It became apparent to me that this technology goes beyond gaming and could be used educationally or as an outlet to destress or reflect.
The Conclusive Results Are In…
Truly this new technology can help us carve a new path in how to educate ourselves better in a lot of fields. At the same time it serves a purpose as a form of entertainment and gaming. Lastly, after my own experience, I see how this technology can be applied to treating people who are stressed out and/or depressed. An escape, a way to educate, and a gaming platform, I look forward to the evolution of VR.