For the last few years, I’ve been listening to the hosts of the various gaming podcasts that I listen to on the regular (DLC, GWJ Conference Call, CAGcast, etc.) extol the wonders of modern VR. Having only that of the late 90s/early 2000s arcade version of VR as a touchstone, hearing their discussions of the amazing experiences to be had (while interesting) fell a little flat. But last night, Tiffany and I had our first experience with modern-day VR via an HTC Vive at Varks Arcade.
Upon entering, we perused their selection of games and decided to try a cooperative game (one person in VR, the other not) that I’d heard about through my podcasts called Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Basically, the person in VR is trying to disarm a bomb before the time runs out with the person not in VR giving instructions on how to do it from a hardcopy book. Since neither person can see what the other person can, communication is key (and hilarity can ensue).
All I can say is Jeff Cannata (co-host of DLC) was right… Seeing is believing! It was amazing just how quickly I became immersed in the VR world. I almost dropped the controller because I went to place it down on a table that was in the VR space (luckily, I stopped myself before I let go). It was such a great experience that both Tiffany and I are eager to try it again! We may even be contemplating a VR unit of our own 😉