We’ve developed a fair amount of cynicism for virtual reality, and that’s healthy I think.
Prepare to abandon that cynicism as you watch this father cry very real tears of joy when using the Rift for the first time.
Some context: in this video the father is playing through the Apollo 11 VR demo using the Oculus Rift DK2. This man — as he admits halfway through the video — wanted to be an astronaut growing up so, for him, this is about as close to realising a dream as he is ever going to get. Watching just how emotional he gets throughout this demo is actually really powerful.
I think it makes me remember that, despite its issues and potential problems, virtual reality is an incredible piece of technology that — I believe — will change lives.
And maybe virtual tourism is the most important of those ways. Perhaps that’s how this tech goes mainstream. Maybe it shouldn’t be all about video games.