- 10:44 PM, Friday,
September 21st, 2016:
- Future day was a
year late, at least for me.
- Today at 6pm
I finally cleared the bloatware from my new
laptop bought specifically to run virtual reality for
the new time machine package I have planned where
you fly through the air. I knew the technology
was finally ready, got a good deal on a headset and
the last step? The pc to run it that had to be a
laptop so it would fit in the time machine. Finally
arrived, and I ran the set-up.
- Jaw-dropping is an
overused word. My jaw was sore from being open... ha,
it just occurred to me what this sentence was about to
sound like... fine, make blowjob jokes, I don't
care. In my house, I experienced a future I
honestly didn't know existed. I had done the
VR shit on your phone and the resolution always
bothered me, and the barn-door shit (pixelation from
low resolution)... I knew the Rift and Vive were
better headsets, yadda yadda... I just knew from the
descriptions it was good enough for me to start
building this "ride".
- I was not prepared
for the overwhelming sense of wonder... the likes of
which, christ almost to the day, happened to me 20
years ago when I got the N64. Actually, when
I saw a news piece on Mario 64 that spring,
I just couldn't believe what I was seeing.
And wow, come to think of it - it's the same
"Difference": The playstation was out, but their 3D
was more of a static character running in place in the
middle of the screen while the world moved past. Crash
Bandicoot comes to mind. Mario 64 was different. It
was a 3D character in a 3D world jumping around. It
felt different. It was a revolution. But it
wasn't going to change humankind, it was a revolution
in gaming. VR is different. Much
- VR has been the
same for awhile now - a window INTO a different world.
You strap it on and you can see all around you. Your
head is tracked, yadda yadda... so why is this
different? With the Vive you set-up these two base
stations in your room that have lasers to track you in
a 3D space. Before you begin playing you
LAYOUT the space so it can basically cater the
game TO your room. I have a pretty big space once
I move the couch: 12x12 feet. When I ran the
set-up I was in a massive soundstage and was
walking ALL around the space as a little robot
told me how everything worked. My jaw never closed.
The sense of SCALE was so extreme I couldn't
process it. Sure if you focus on the lenses within
your headset, you can see some pixels, but you have to
TRY to do that. You instinctively look at the
sheer distance around you. The depth is so
remarkable... and at the same time you can walk
RIGHT UP (and through) the robot giving the
presentation and he couldn't be clearer. It's just an
absolute wonder to behold. I stopped immediately,
grabbed the family (literally took Cam out of his
bath) and made them do it. Cam giggled with absolute
delight. The controllers allowed you to make balloons
and he just giggled and giggled. Vienna was a little
more scared of the entire endeavor, but nonetheless
smiled and laughed. Once the kids were in bed, Talya
and I did a few demos (waiting for one to
download as we speak) and all of this in the midst
- ...someone in the
apartments behind us, stabbed a little girl, threw her
out the window and then set the building on
- The reason my
laptop was so late getting to me was the entire block
was cut-off and the UPS guy couldn't get to me.
I'm pacing all day wondering what the fuck is taking
so long, only to see a fire behind GolfKon and start
to freak out. Then the news came to interview me
because they saw me taking video. They told me what
happened and I just zoned out. Vienna was looking
through the window and I just... I focused
on air-dropping the guy the footage and they gave me a
quick interview. I then proceeded to take a walk
and weep like I haven't wept in a long, long
time. An overwhelming sadness that only a story like
that can give you.
- I'm just a mess.
This is future day 2016. This amazing day and this
amazing tragedy jumps in the midst so I am in actual
need of a virtual reality right now. I jump in for a
few minutes and play and then Talya takes over...
I then watch the firemen outside... it's just...
surreal. Such a day.
- Anyway, I hid the
weeping from the kids and they get to live another day
thinking the world is nothing but absolutely
- Suddenly that's
the most important thing I can possibly give them:
wonder, happiness and a complete ignorance to how
horrific life can be.