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6. You will find yourself momentarily forgetting whether you're in the real or virtual world.
Fans were astonished when a leaked video depicted a Nintendo virtual reality headset intended for its upcoming system, complete with high-resolution 3D screens and surround-sound earpieces. That it turned out to be a hoax put forth by a lonely, psychotic fan should not detract from the amazement. Today's hoax is always tomorrow's reality (except for that fake picture of the guy holding a huge cat.)
What is not a hoax is this machine somebody invented that operates on the user's thoughts. Yeah, that's right. You think it, the machine does it. That machine exists right now, as you're reading this.
Total immersion, the kind that could really fool you, won't happen tomorrow. But as time goes on it is absolutely inevitable that the graphics will become life quality, that visual displays light years beyond monitors or cumbersome headsets will hit the market. The keyboard and mouse will be long gone, everything done by thought and voice. It is the logical end of everything game developers and console makers are trying to do today and they will not stop until they have it.
And that, my friends, will be a watershed moment in human history. The point where we can trick the senses into thinking a piece of software is real, thinking a real supermodel is in our bed or a dragon is in our front yard or our dead mother has come back to give us advice, that's when everything changes. The metaverse will still be less important in many fundamental ways. Goods won't be produced there; food won't be grown there; babies won't be born there. But in the minds of a whole lot o' people, visits to the physical world will be just brief interruptions to the "real" world as they live it, the world where all of their friends and hobbies and ambitions are.
Originally posted by kindred
You're probably already playing a virtual reality game - it's called life and apparently it's the greatest game ever invented.
[edit on 11-7-2009 by kindred]
Originally posted by Iamonlyhuman
How much would you pay for that?
Originally posted by zysin5
Not only would it be great fun.. But you know how good shape you would be in!! Okay until like lvl 40 you don't get a mount, and you have to run from place to place!! Work out city!
Then the fights and swinging your sword!!
Originally posted by Helig
The problem with the whole virtual reality thing is that it would up the system requirements so much to the point of absurdity. Not only would you likely need a bleeding edge system to play on but your net connection would have to be a quality piece of pipe as well because latency in any game usually gets you dead, and with the amount of data being passed back and forth in a VR setup I imagine even my 16mbit comcast connection would wither and die.
Definitely a cool concept however I suspect we are still a long way off from such things.