I wanted to build a reference page for not only myself, but others in sharing/introducing virtual reality to others. I’ve demoed VR for dozens of people by now and have learned a lot from how different people with different interests react.
Note: Most of these experiences are based on room-scale VR on the HTC VIVE and Steam.
The (VR) Beginner’s Guide
Forget everything you know. Virtual reality allows you to enter the impossible, and presents a sense of scale. How small can you get? How big can you be? It’s the unknown, and existing anxieties in reality can carry over into the virtual world, so my goal is usually to start small, and not to overwhelm.
VR beginners with no previous gaming interests
VR beginners with gaming interests
- Capitola VR ‘Doritos VR Battle’
- Capitola VR ‘Duckpocalypse’
- Dylan Fitterer ‘Audioshield’
- I-Illusions ‘Space Pirate Trainer’
- Valve ‘The Lab’
- Owlchemy Labs ‘Job Simulator’
From beginner to intermediate
Once a VR beginner is able to understand the controllers, can handle the sense of presence/scale, as well as safely playing within the playbounds – they’re ready for more, don’t you think?
Specialty interests (acquired tastes)
People who like shooting things
Multiple player experiences
It’s interesting what you can do with multiplayer because of the constraints of isolation with local co-op, but also personal coundaries in full immersive online multiplayer games.
Local co-op experiences
Not a lot of local multiplayer experiences are available, but the idea of social games and using the headset to pass around is a fun party experience.
- Whirlybird Games ‘VR The Diner Duo’
- Steel Crate Games ‘Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes’
- Foreignvr ‘Ruckus Ridge’