Published On: Fri, May 26th, 2017

Why Virtual Gaming Is Making A Comeback

Virtual reality means creating a digital world in which an individual can become a part of as it were a second life. Creative and immersive, computer-generated worlds are incredibly convincing and portray many different ideas of what life could be like at various periods in human history, present day and future.
The idea behind the concept is to block out all of the natural surroundings and solely rely on visual and auditory cues to maintain a truly realistic virtual world experience.

Past attempts have failed to bring this idea to the mainstream as control, functions and software were very sketchy and at times laughable. However, virtual reality seems to have turned a corner in the latter part of this decade. As technology and hardware advanced, so did the sensory reaction software technology.

Why Virtual Gaming Is Making A Comeback

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At home virtual
With the birth of the Nintendo Wii U, interactive virtual realities become a part of normal life. With the controllers in your hands, and measuring every little movement you make, playing various physical games turned a huge profit in the industry. Sport simulator games like bowling, pool, archery, tennis and baseball all became best sellers in their respective rights. The technology was new for the mass market when released back in 2012, but it quickly caught on, as every game came with a tutorial and bug fixes were quick from Nintendo. The Wii U is still one of the most popular gaming consoles on the market, with game developers evolving their unique selling points every year.

The controllers used a motion tracker to estimate the amount of force, speed and angle you physically generated and then this would be mimicked in-game as your movements playing the game or sport. Dedicated sporting simulators that use physical equipment are very popular such as the one provides. These games are popular with the adult consumer as the tone is more mature and often used as tools to improve an individual’s sporting prowess in the comfort of home.

Why Virtual Gaming Is Making A Comeback


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How the game changed
Oculus Rift is a device that you put around your eyes like a set of ski goggles, and you’re transported into a world that’s totally fictional yet believable. The technology was primarily geared toward gamers, who wanted to be fully immersed in their favorite genre of game, such as first-person shooters and massively multiplayer online fantasy role-playing games.
Games that stand out the most are flying combat games, such as War Thunder and DCS.

After you configure the settings in the menu to incorporate Oculus, you emerge sitting in the cockpit of a jet fighter. You have 360-degree vision and take the position of a virtual combat pilot. You can dogfight, blast past the sound barrier and perform high-G maneuvers that make your insides shudder and your head spin. The sound of the cannons and missiles firing is incredibly realistic and you can feel the weight of the aircraft and speed through your eyes as the world blurs by you traveling at Mach 2. The image is in stereoscopic 3D and all your in real life head motions are calculated and communicated by Oculus Rift and transferred into the game.