Vidjagame Apocalypse 57 – VR Headset History with Hollander Cooper


After decades spent on the technological trash heap, virtual reality’s had a huge resurgence in the past week. Sony unveiled Morpheus, Oculus Rift rolled out its Crystal Cove prototype, and Microsoft revealed it was working on its own headset — and that was all before Facebook bought Oculus (which happened after we recorded this week’s episode). It was a no-brainer, then, to start off VGA 57 with a rundown of our top 5 favorite/catastrophically failed headsets, after which we talk about Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Infamous: Second Mark Ecko’s Getting Up, and what you’d do if you were given free rein to mess up a game’s established canon.

Question of the Week

Which game or franchise would you love to see get the virtual-reality treatment?



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33 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 57 – VR Headset History with Hollander Cooper

  1. I would like to see a Bioshock game (If 2K finds another developer) that uses the VR headset. Considering how Rapture and Columbia are epic in both space and personality, One would want to see it with it’s own eyes and fight off hoards of Splicers/Vox Populi etc.

    Also Borderlands would work very well with VR but I’d rather see a bioshock VR game made first.

  2. Metroid Prime. The prime series already takes place inside Samus’ helmet, this would just amplify the experience.

    Rain drops splashing against your visor.
    Reflections of your eyes against the glass.
    The sound of your breathing echoing in the helmet.
    Using eye tracking to switch visor and beam modes.

    Atmospherics is what sells VR, and I can think of few non-horror games that are more suited to it than Metroid Prime.

  3. The Elder Scrolls. That series is all about getting lost in a world and exploring in it and virtual reality done right would greatly emphasize that effect. If I look even further into the future, maybe there could also one day be a platform to walk on that’s like a treadmill, but it moves in all directions, so I can actually walk around on it with VR on and maybe, somehow, motion control would actually reach a point where 1 to 1 swordfighting would be possible and feel good (as unlikely as that seems).

  4. Condemned: Criminal Origins. That game was a bit rough around the edges technically, being a launch game for the 360 and all, but the concept was sound, and I feel it’d translate beautifully into virtual reality.

    Think about it, it’s a horror game focused on visceral close quarters combat and exploring a claustrophobic and dark urban setting, being tethered to real life for the most part, I believe I’d be more immersive that way, and thus make it easier for you to feel nervous, scared, or that you truly are fighting for your life fending off dirty, unwashed hobos.

  5. I would like to see a Spider-Man game that uses VR. Terrible motion sickness, vertigo inducing side effects aside, swinging through New York City as Spidey seems like it would be a blast.

    Also, Jet Set Radio Future.

  6. QOTW: Now that pokemon have become 3d, I want that but all around me, imagine throwing a pokeball or being a pokemon in a battle.

    Flower would be neat as well or any fighting game………….also Doa Volleyball, for…reasons….

  7. Would metal gear be a good idea?? I think it’d be pretty cool, adding to the nervousness of the game by making you feel like you’re actually trying to infiltrate a highly guarded based. And all that intense box hiding, oh man.

  8. QOTW: Give me a virtual environment for the Laser Time Network, I want to sit on a throne of beer cans and watch Grim death glare at Chris whenever he says something terrifying.

  9. Gone Home. I think a smaller, realistic experience would be the most immersive. I know this doesn’t sound super cool, but that feeling of loneliness and weird discomfort that comes from being alone in someone else’s house would be amplified ten-fold by the VR.

  10. Speaking of getting up, I’d love a Top 5 Game Graffiti Artists one week, and no, I have no idea if there’s actually enough for a top 5.

    1. I can name jet set radio and the world ends with you off the top of my head, but this would be awesome to see if theres enough entries.

  11. Speaking of virtual boy anyone else buy the virtual boy hat for their streetpass mii? He is condemned to forever be sad and in pain.

  12. Yay for Hollander!!!
    QOTW: Well, I feel like a VR BioShock game could be interesting if for no other reason then the original game worked to throw away and comment on several gaming conventions and they could use VR to further subvert the medium, and the series creates an atmosphere like no other and this could allow them to take it one step further.

  13. QOTW: While it may viewed as a generic answer, I think it wold be awesome if I could explore a Forerunner structure within the confines of the Halo Universe, especially being able to walk around as forerunner and view your forerunner world in a peaceful setting for a bit before all hell breaks loose with the flood outbreak. It can then be turned into what the basic of what Alien: Isolation is supposed to be, which is a survival horror-vibe. Speaking of which, maybe Alien: Isolation could have VR capabilities to make it a more legitimately scary experience. Imagine being scared he living hell out of when the Alien that is stalking you comes suddenly out of nowhere, making you then scream like a school girl as you try to fend it off with whatever the hell it is you’ve got.

  14. QOTW: I’d love it if the new Alien game was compatible with VR, the death scenes could be truly terrifying with it’s second mouth suddenly coming towards your face. I hope VR introduces some cool new ideas to horror games in particular, imagine hiding in a locker or closet and having to control your breathing because your mic can pick it up and echo it throughout the game world or using positional tracking to duck when a creature tries to peer through the door.

  15. The thoughts of exploring Post-Apocalyptic Moscow in a VR Metro:Last Light sends shivers down my spine! It would add to the already claustrophobic atmosphere as you gasp for air through your cracked gas-mask.
    A Sonic game (stop laughing!) Think about it, the jumps, the hoops, the super-sonic speeds, and the under-age human girls all seen through a first person perspective…. Errr….Forget Sonic actually, maybe Mirrors Edge instead?

  16. QOTW : Final Fantasy xiii might be kinda neat… especially with all the detail put into the world. also, the combat would be incredible/terrifying. All the jumping super high to fight large monsters, seeing spells flying around, etc. I hated that game, but still, would be fun to play with VR.

  17. QOTW: While I don’t care much for VR whatsoever and don’t want any games to be VR, if I had to pick one, I would pick Mass Effect. Dialogue choices and combat (Using powers, squad commands,etc.) might be pretty cool in VR, but I’m still more than content to play games with a controller as I always have.

  18. If Chris is on the podcast I want a VR Strider, Street Fighter, and Moster Hunter. If not my serious answer is Alan Wake.

  19. I would like Civilization V to have the VR treatment because I feel like it can be done in two, equally cool ways.

    The first way would be the ‘strategic’ mode, where either the map of Civ V becomes a 3D globe that can be panned and moved around with your fingers (or perhaps an even larger sphere that you are in the inside of) that would display the game in the same way it still does.

    The second would be a more personal/observation mode where you sit 2 or 3 times higher than a city tile (think observation balloon) and could survey the landscape and play the game that way, but with the landscape spilling out in all directions, which would make combat much more interesting when you can literally SEE the enemy army coming over the hills.

  20. QOTW: I would personally like to see an F-Zero game using VR-tech just to see what thereaction to the high speeds would be. >:D

  21. I’d like to see a VR version of an old Atari game called “Beat ‘Em and Eat ‘Em”; although I guess it would just turn out a lot like Chris’ description of a VR Puzzle Fighter.

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