Afraid of the dark

The Oculus Rift is something I’ve been pretty apprehensive about – call it fear of motion sickness. Now, I’m absolutely terrified, but in a great way.

For those who can, watch this video of a guy playing Alone on the Oculus Rift:

For those who can’t/won’t, Alone is essentially a game within a game. Due to the Oculus Rift, the player seems to be sitting in a dark room playing a game on a flat screen TV. However, as events unfold in the game, it has an impact on the environment. As explained in the video, by placing the focus on the TV, the natural instinct upon hearing a noise is to look around the digital room, instead of removing the Oculus to look around the real room. It’s an extra layer of realism, and seriously adds to the horror. I must say, I got creeped out just watching the video!

It’s awesome to see how people are playing with this new technology. As I’m seeing more of how it’s being used, the Oculus Rift seems like less of a gimmick and more of some awesome new technology. This takes virtual reality to a whole new level. Speaking of new levels, I think I need some new pants after watching that video.

Last Updated: September 25, 2013

was reviewed on PC

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