To Virtual Reality and Beyond

Author modified image of Jon Snow and Ghost from Game of Thrones. Original image by Wona Noj.

Author modified image of Jon Snow and Ghost from Game of Thrones. Original image by Wona Noj.

Virtual Reality (VR) is an artificial environment that is created with software. It’s referred to as immersive because it simulates a three-dimensional world that appears to surround the user.  Radio captured our ears, TV and video captured our eyes and ears. VR takes us deeper into the storytelling by placing us into the environment (position and orientation). We can now walk through and look around the story!

As early as the 1950’s, stories have been published describing a goggle-based VR system. In 1992, Pierce Brosnan (not to be confused with Balki Bartokomous) starred in the movie The Lawnmower Man which garnered a lot of interest into virtual reality. Unfortunately, back then computers only had 8MB of memory with 33MHz processing power. Today, most computers come with 4GB of memory and 4,000MHz+ of processing power running on multiple cores. The quality of the VR today really seems 4,000+ times better than in 1992. Oh, it was later revealed that Stephen King successfully sued the producers of Lawnmower Man for attaching his name to the film and stated in court that the film "bore no meaningful resemblance" to his story.