There are a lot of gaming parallels between Black Mirror's tech flavoured nightmares on Netflix. That's not surprising, as creator and writer Charlie Brooker used to review games when he first started out.
In the new season alone the second episode Playtest deals with VR gone horribly wrong, while Men Against Fire was another altered reality idea about soldiers fed 'corrected images to make it easier for them to kill' (more or less the plot to PS3's Haze).
Now Brooker's been playing PS VR (opens in new tab). And I think he likes it.
Some quick off-the-top-of-my head thoughts on VR coming, so look away now if bored shitless by your INEVITABLE FUTURENovember 7, 2016
I’ve tried Oculus Rift a few times. Eg @PaintingP used one to create a virtual ‘Tucker’s’ for San Junipero prior to the shoot...November 7, 2016
… but none of those really prepared me for the barrage of HOLY SHIT moments I’ve had trying out the PSVR thingy...November 7, 2016
If that sounds like he's having fun, then he continues to get even more excited:
It’s mental. It’s like DREAMING the fucking game.November 7, 2016
The Batman thing, for instance, is just remarkable. I actually had to take it off for the final scene because I was getting too freaked out.November 7, 2016
… It reminds me of when I first saw Doom. Or Mario 64. Or fuck it, Space Invaders. A real sense that “everything just changed”.November 7, 2016
He's cautious about a few things though.
It’s not perfect. There are 10 billion cables. It can be blurry. Clunky. Some things make you feel seasick. But...November 7, 2016
… bearing in mind this is the most basic home VR is likely to be it’s pretty mind-blowing. Also: when I used to picture VR...November 7, 2016
… I always imagined 1st-person experiences. Didn’t *occur* to me how immersive a 3rd-person game like Bound or Tethered would be.November 7, 2016
But, as you can tell, he's pro the whole thing overall.
Anyhow, like I say — they sent it to me, so it cost me nothing. Try before you buy. But bloody HELL that’s the future right there that is.November 7, 2016
Black Mirror season 3 is currently available on Netflix
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