The Typical Testimony About Virtual Reality

The experience of virtual reality is truly mind-blowing

I strapped a virtual reality headset and headphones on this morning for the first time ever in my life, and it’s almost impossible to describe how amazing the experience is.

“You are completely and totally immersed in another location,” said John Riccietello, the CEO of Unity Technologies, in a speech at the inaugural Vision Summit in Hollywood, California. He spoke of the feeling of fear, excitement, and even anxiety when immersed in the virtual world.

And he’s right.


The common theme among VR professionals is that it’s hard to describe. You just can’t put into words what it’s like moving through and experiencing a virtual space. And to a certain extent, they are correct.

“You have to try them to really understand what it’s all about,” said Richard Marks, the Director of Sony’s Magic Labs.

With the Oculus Rift reaching the mass market later this year, and others like Samsung VR and Google Cardboard showing steady adoption right now, it’s a safe bet that many more people won’t need to be told how it feels.

They are going to put on the headsets and peer into the virtual world. And they will be blown away once they do.

I keep thinking back to a post I did in 2011: The Spirit Molecule. Pete Michaud put me in my place in the Comments and his words now are eerily similar to what I feel about having experienced VR:

How ever excited you are about it, it will exceed your expectations. 8)

Two things though.

1) You say words alone in a book can trigger DMT-like experiences. That’s like a kid who plays Halo death matches all the time telling a Vietnam vet that he knows that war is hell. The kid doesn’t have a fucking clue what war is like.

2) Your idea about guided suggestions won’t work on the doses the subjects in the experiments took. They were drop kicked in the face by God, across a universe or two. Where you go on DMT is so profoundly removed from your physical experience that I can’t adequately convey how utterly futile “suggesting” or “guiding” would be. You’re like, gone, man, gone.

Only now do I have an inkling of what the DMT experience would be like after my VR experiences (and even then, a DMT experience would probably make me think VR was crude and “cute” by comparison).

Anyway, yes, the bottom line with VR is that you do have to try it to believe it.

Previously here:

Virtual Reality: The Biggest Thing Ever, Ever, Ever

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