What excites you about the prospect of VR?
The history of consumer electronics is filled with promises of virtual reality. From Nintendo's Virtual Boy game system in the early 1990's to Facebook's recent foray into the world of VR by gobbling up Oculus, game developers have been pretty excited about the prospect of immersive gaming.
And it's something that consumers have been eagerly clamoring for as well. When Oculus launched their Kickstarter campaign in August of 2012, they met (and surpassed) their funding goals within 24 hours!
What is it about virtual reality that is so exciting? Is it exploring new immersive environments in a novel way that we haven't been able to do before? Is it for that extra hit of adrenaline by feeling like you're closer to danger? Or is it for other reasons, like a "Ready Player One" style escapism from real life.
When I see demos of things like Minecraft and Eve being played with an Oculus Rift, I get pretty excited. Personally, I'm excited about a new way to play video games and participate in new immersive stories.
I sure don't think it would make the world a nicer place to see people wearing these things everywhere. It's a Silicon Valley distraction. Sure, creating new communications channels can have benefits, but the commercial distortion is too strong.
I remember VR being the "next big thing" in the early 90s. In the long term it is important, until then there will be a series of hypes, and I don't expect Oculus to be particularly important in the scheme of things.
Personally, I wouldn't call the Virtual Boy VR. I know it's right there in the name, but there's no "virtual reality" to it that I can see. It's a cool 3D experience, but not much more.
I'll have to break mine out sometime. I loved Mario Tennis...