Saturday, August 24, 2019

"Westworld Awakening, a new video game ... was the first time in a long time I’ve felt actual fear while in virtual reality"

I was instructed by my human companion over voice com to start sprinting. If I didn’t, a murderous, deluded android — unaware that he was no longer tasked with playing his scripted part — would cut me down with a Bowie knife. So I started swinging my arms furiously.


Thankfully, the person running my demo of the game last week in San Francisco tapped me on the shoulder before the knife-wielding android had a chance to catch up to me. (I think I jumped perhaps a few inches off the ground when the hand made contact with me.)


There were a few hiccups here and there. Moving around works well enough by swinging your arms, but I was constantly finding myself wrapped in the HTC Vive cord, because there wasn’t a wireless adapter for the headset with my demo.


I found myself making some truly bizarre body movements just to inch a little closer to an elevator terminal or make sure I wasn’t clipping through a door I was trying to open.
The latest in tech to help you really feel like a woman being slashed to death over and over:

*Previously: "Why I’m leaving Westworld"