Father Uses The Oculus Rift, Cries Tears Of Pure Joy

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.


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