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Palmer Luckey reveals dying In this virtual reality game kills you In real life

Dying In This Virtual Reality Game Kills You In Real Life

The promise of virtual reality video games is based on the idea that gaming will become more lifelike. While that may be a selling point for most gamers, the VR pioneers may need to raise the stakes for the players. The founder of Oculus, now a part of Meta, Palmer Luckey, revealed to Vice’s Motherboard that the new VR headset he’s been working on kills players that lose in the game. 

Palmer Luckey

Palmer Luckey | Bloomberg

The way it works is harrowing. Players put their NeveGear virtual reality headsets on, then open the game called Sword Art Online. The game based on a Japanese novel and anime, makes players fight through a 100-floor dungeon with the end goal of escaping the virtual world of a mad scientist. 

That’s just the tip of the iceberg that sets this game apart. This virtual reality headset has three explosive charge modules above the gaming screen aimed at the player’s head. If the player loses their life in the game while completing the mission, the microwave emitter goes off, then eviscerating the gamer’s head. 

Palmer Luckey Oculus VR

Palmer Luckey Oculus VR

Regarding the feasibility of a widespread release of the headset, Luckey said that he “was able to hide from his employees, regulators, and contract manufacturing partners. I am a pretty smart guy, but I couldn’t come up with any way to make anything like this work, not without attaching the headset to gigantic pieces of equipment.” With that being said, the headset is unavailable for purchase. “At this point, it is just a piece of office art, a thought-provoking reminder of unexplored avenues in game design,” he continued. Since that’s the case, gaming daredevils will likely have to wait a while for something like this to become available to the general public.

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