What is Virtual Reality and What should it be?
Virtual Reality can be defined as the manipulation, using technology, to create 'real' worlds and environments. It has been argued that creating a world with technology isn't virtual reality and that it shouldn't be classified as this. The incoming of new technology, such as the Oculus Rift, has made people's heads turn to new possibilities, but also contradiction to its purpose. By dissecting the facts, virtual reality is helping and moving with the change in today's society. It is important to understand, especially with games and film, virtual reality can take people to other worlds and experience them better.
It can be stated that virtual reality has become a new source of technology that has changed people's perspectives of game making and even film making. Of course people argue that, '360-degree video presented inside a virtual reality headset isn’t really virtual reality.' (J. Cone) but when you watch a movie or play a video game, are they actually real life experiences anyway? Life can be seen in many different ways from many different people. People like playing games because they enjoy that type of environment and it interests them. Why wouldn't you want to live it?
The new Oculus is a perfect example of the possibilities it can bring to virtual reality, 'virtual reality (VR) platforms like Oculus Rift will spur the creation of exciting new experiences.' (J. Cone) It is an example of the possibilities new technology can provide. It is a headset that has the ability to make you feel like you are a part of another world and can give you an experience like no other. As we have stated earlier virtual reality is a ‘manipulation, using technology.’ This is definitely linked with the Oculus since it does just that.
People in today’s society are going to have different interpretations and opinions on what virtual reality should be. In the eyes of a ‘gamer’ perspective, it would be more appreciated than in the eyes of an accountant. In saying this virtual reality should be seen as a positive step in new technology. Even though it is seen more in games and film, it is only just the beginning. There are still plenty of years of trial and error to improve it. To give the consumer/user an experience they could never imagine. In the end that is what it is about. The experience.
This brings me on to why virtual reality was even invented? There are minor things for people’s own satisfaction, but it is believed the main reason is linked to the experience it provides. Virtual reality shouldn’t have limits because in reality all reality is experienced in different ways. No one has the same take on life or even values. Can you question someone’s reality? Virtual reality is a reality that is made by people in society. If it is made with computer aided devices and it can control the way a person thinks and feels, it can be fair to say that that is virtual reality. Why do you play games? Why do you read books? Why do you go out to a bar? To escape from the life that you can be trapped in such as, school, work etc. That is why virtual reality is just another escape, another experience to endure.
Virtual reality doesn’t have to just satisfy the experience of games and film, but also other everyday things. Like for an example, in a you-tube video named ‘a day made of glass,’ showed us how virtual reality can also change average people’s lives and make it simple and easier. There was a section in the video where a woman chose an outfit by searching up clothes on the screen and in the end could see herself wearing them. Virtual reality as we can see can be used in so many different ways to benefit someone’s life and also give them an experience that was unimaginable.
In conclusion, virtual reality has the ability to change the world. With new and upcoming technologies to allow this experience, virtual reality should be seen as a positive aspect. There really isn’t a right and wrong to what it is, only that it is technology based and gives the person using it an experience. There are so many ways to use it and perceive it. It can only ever get better.