I’m really enjoying a surreal multiplayer VR experience called “The Under Presents” that came out a few days ago for the Oculus Quest. It’s a cross between virtual reality and immersive theater – live actors will show up at random times and interact with players (though it can sometimes be hard to tell for sure if you’re interacting with an actor or with a computer-generated character). The environment is strange and seems weirder the more time you spend in it. You see and interact with (if you want to) other players, but all the avatars look the same and players can’t speak – you have to communicate via gestures or interacting with objects, like charades. You can practice transformational magic, and there is an area where you can manipulate the flow of time.
I find the experience like being in a shared dreamspace. I’ve definitely had elements of the game influence some (vaguely recalled) dreams.
Barry, not using The Under Presents much of late, but may go back to it at some point. My time with it has been great and well worth the asking price.
p.s. In case this is your next question, my VR time lately has consisted mostly of Beat Saber, Tai Chi, Journey of the Gods (which has an interesting mechanic where you transform into a God form at certain times), Pistol Whip, and the Museum of Other Realities.
I find the Tai Chi app challenging but I am getting better at using it. I can see a representation of the position of my hands in the form of spheres, with audio feedback telling me if my hand positions are in the general ballpark of where they are supposed to be, and haptic feedback when they are exactly where they should be. In addition I can take cues from the figures in front and to either side of me to see what way my hands (and feet) ought to be oriented and positioned.
Thinking of it as a 5-minute mindful, relaxing movement exercise in a beautiful environment is helpful for me. But maybe it’s not your cup of tea?
I forgot to mention that I am also using the Tripp experience a lot lately.
Barry, I love Richie’s Plank Experience! I’ve made a fair number of friends walk the plank. I also enjoy the flying modes. It’s particularly good on the Oculus Quest, since there is no distracting wire – makes it more immersive.
If you have a Quest, I highly recommend The Under Presents: Tempest, which is a version of the Shakespeare play with audience participation, guided by a live actor. It’s doing a limited run from Nov. 5-15. More details here. (Tempest is, of course, a very dreamlike play, so it’s a very appropriate and cool choice.)