Levar Burton Demos Oculus Rift

For many gamers the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is an mecca of sorts for everything videogame related. And whilst the majoritory of gamers will never be lucky enough to go, the event is still visited by thousands of people every year. If you do go there, you might be surprised who you may bump into.

Spotted trying out the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) on the Rabbids virtual reality (VR) stand was Levar Burton. Burton is best known for his roles as the young Kunta Kinte in the 1977 award-winning ABC television miniseries Roots, Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and as the host and executive producer of the long-running PBS children’s series Reading Rainbow. He has also directed a number of television episodes.

levar Burton

It isn’t unusual for celebrities to turn up at the event, whether they’re helping promote a game they are involved with, networking or simply to enjoy the videogames that are available for demonstration.

Still, someone at Oculus might be kicking themselves at a lost marketing opportunity with a man whose most famous acting role involved wearing La Forge’s famous VISOR HMD for the best part of a decade.

Burton hasn’t mentioned on twitter about his impressions of VR but hopefully he enjoyed the experience and will be back again.

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