So, I've officially had my Vive for a week. It is absolutely as amazing, if not more so, than I expected.
Here are the highlights of the (many) things I have done.
- I *just* finished playing 18 holes of the most surreal mini-golf course you can imagine. In addition to the standards you'd expect, such as windmills, it had roaming Roombas that acted as mobile obstacles, tiny cannons (you would putt your ball into them, and they would fire it to various places), entire bridges that zipped back and forth (you had to time your putting so the bridge was in the right place), multi-level courses (one I played was four stories), and lots of other nuttiness. It was surreal and, oddly, felt eerily similar to real minigolf (note for @m3mnoch
... pick up Cloudlands Mini-Golf so we can play multiplayer).
- I have spent at least 7 hours (total) punching music in the face. Basically, you take any song you own, or stream songs online. Each beat of those songs is then rendered as a blue or orange ball or series of balls that rains down on you like, well ... giant blue or orange balls, I guess. You have two "audioshields", one blue, one orange. You must punch the orange balls with the orange shield, and the blue balls with the blue shield, but they cross over and come faster or slower. It's oddly hypnotic and also some great cardio.
- I snuck through and/or teleported through an empty office filled with killer robots to find my job application. I ducked down behind desks (so the robots wouldn't see me, obviously!), teleported behind them, tossed knives at them (I'm not very good at tossing knives) and even (eventually) got a cool crossbow with which I was much better.
- I stood at a spaceport and defended my ship from waves of drones using two hand-held laser guns with multiple modes. I dodged bullets in bullet time (like Neo in the Matrix) or pulled a shield off my back to deflect them. I have only gotten to Wave 10. I am not as good as this game as I'd like to be, but it's still amazing fun.
- I stood on a castle battlement and shot a longbow at a horde of incredibly cute minion attackers, holding the bow in one hand and drawing back the arrows with the other. It is crazy how real and impressive it feels.
- I used a slingshot to shoot personality cores (it's what we call "calibrating") at a giant warehouse of boxes and exploding barrels. Some cores thanked me before they flew into the void. Some cursed me. One told me a great noir PI story. Eventually, I did about 15 million worth of damage, and was fired.
- I failed to repair a robot.
- I painted stars and fire in three dimensions, walking around inside the painting as I did so.
- I built several fantastic contraptions (still need to get back to that one!)
So, yeah. Virtual reality is "real". It's just nuts how cool it feels. As the costs of headsets and computers get more reasonable and technology improves, we're all going to be steadily progressing into a world where we can hop into the Matrix.
If you get the chance to try out a Vive in the wild, DO NOT pass up the opportunity to do so.