This week sees the release of a surreal new virtual reality (VR) experience named Choice in Crisis. The project was developed between the Athens School of Fine Arts and the Paris 8 University and was originally presented at the ‘Digital Storytelling in Times of Crisis’ Internation Conference in Athens, 8th – 10th May 2014. It is available to download for free on PC via the official Oculus VR Share Beta and is compatible with the Oculus Rift VR headset.
The title was developed using the Oculus Rift’s first development kit (DK1). The developer describes it as a hybrid between a videogame, artwork and scientific research, as it measures player’s reactions. It is played from a first-person perspective, with players choosing different routes to take in times of crisis. The importance of these choises is emphasised by the title’s meek visual style.
According to the developer, this version of Choice in Crisis available here is the second iteration in a work in progress. In the future the team hopes to explore other scientific fields, such as socilogy and physiology. It’s not clear when we might see new iterations of the software just yet, though those interested in supporting the developer’s efforts can fill in a questionnaire on the project.
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