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No monetizable or business option? That sounds like a place to start a search for a way to make money within a dubious technology that is going through yet another resurgence of public interest. Even Sony is starting to believe in the possibility that the the long awaited dream of VR is on the verge of breaking that line between mythical and real.

Remember how PS4 got its original boost pre-launch? It was from top developers who Sony brought on board to help in the development of the PS4 hardware. Sony wanted them to take part it in it, to enjoy working with it, and to be able to make the best games for it.

If the Rift wraps up the PC space with its gaming and social market then Morpheus could be the go-to VR hardware for console gamers. If it has the kind of quality software that only Sony studios can produce then it might even bring PC gamers on board a console for the experience.

There is a race to make this modern myth real, to perfect all latency issues, fall in sync with the inner ear, trick the brain, defeat motion sickness, and finally to make the world inside the box place everyone wants to be. When they succeed, when the X-ray of their baby dragon comes back positive, we could either embrace this new reality or we could fear the giant fire-breathing monster that it could become. The Rift and Morpheus will either become small, steadily successful peripherals that are the stepladders to true virtual reality or they will fall like all those that came before. What happens could be based on whether or not we choose to believe in what seems impossible.

When David Hart and Allistair Mitchell's baby dragon was X-rayed, it was of course revealed to be a clever hoax. So far dragons are still impossible. Palmer Luckey has a basic idea behind his product that should keep you dragon fans dreaming:

“I think people have always wanted to experience the impossible.That's one of the reasons games have caught on. They want to actually do things themselves, have a say in how that world works, instead of just watching someone else do it.”

When virtual reality happens, how long do you think it will be before someone creates an interactive world with dragons in it, dragons that are almost real to us?

We will soon reach a point in the gaming industry where we will be confronted with products born from a garage that somehow look legit, promise the impossible, and make worldwide headlines. When that happens, people the world over, whether they are watching a report at home or bringing the visor up to their eyes for the first time will ask the one thing we will always ask of our dragons: Is it real?

 

                                                                                                              Source: Grossman, Lev. "Head Trip." Time 15 June: 38-41. Print.

8/2/2014 David D. Nelson

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Jed
Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 1:21:22 AM
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Great read Ben.

J/K World, but it is a great read.

I kind of have the same thought when I hear about The Rift and Project Morpheus. Is this finally going to happen? Is it really going to feel "real". My biggest worry is that they will get released too early, before the "real" factor is realized, then just fall into obscurity with the all the other failed game peripherals.

Here's to hoping they can pull it off!

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Victor321
Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 11:36:52 AM

The article was actually written by WorldEndsWithMe :P

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 1:19:08 PM

heh, he's just trolling me ;)

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Jed
Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 5:32:17 PM

Sorry World, I couldn't help myself!

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Advent Child
Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 3:50:10 AM
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I really really really want to be able to "jack in" to a gaming world. Something like .hack or sword art online. I will be truly happy of they can make my dreams real.

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Beamboom
Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 1:12:35 PM
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Nice read indeed.

And I hate dragons. :)

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Solid Fantasy
Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 2:17:19 PM
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Nice article. You can't stop the progress of technology. Interest and business can steer it, but it's never going to stop. If were to completely unleashed the dump valves on tech and let the scientist of the world make all the decisions I personally think the bulk of our problems would disappear over night.

At which point we could probably genetically engineer a the real world equivalent to a dragon.

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Jed
Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 5:30:45 PM
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Edit:was supposed to be a reply. Whoops

Last edited by Jed on 8/3/2014 5:31:46 PM

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PSN French
Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 6:00:35 PM
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How have Dragon's been disproven? There are TONS of written text throughout history of eye witness accounts. Did you know the word "Dinosaur" is barely over 100 years old? (dragon=dinosaur) How is it impossible that "dinosaurs" existed with humans at some point in time? Oh yeah, because science said so... and science is never wrong!! The extinction of DRAGONS before mankind's existence is only a theory, it cannot be accepted as fact. Otherwise, science becomes faith based and would be considered a religion.

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Jed
Sunday, August 03, 2014 @ 8:55:51 PM

That can be said about anything that hasn't been scientifically proven or disproven. Common sense is what says dragons don't exist.


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PSN French
Monday, August 04, 2014 @ 3:24:05 AM

I'm sorry, you must have read my comment wrong. The existence of Dragon's is scientifically proven, the name has just been changed to dinosaur in the last hundred or so years. The "scientific theory" is WHEN they existed. How do people not get the similarities? But either way, if you don't believe in dinosaurs, I'm not going to try and convince you.

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Jed
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 @ 5:45:45 PM

Ok, I did read it wrong. Of course I believe that dinosaurs existed. But I don't believe in the massive fire breathing flying T-Rex looking "dragons" from games and popular culture. They are cool though.

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ProfPlayStation
Monday, August 04, 2014 @ 3:13:17 AM
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I assume the title is a Chunibyo reference, yes?

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TGSA
Monday, August 04, 2014 @ 2:11:05 PM
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A very thoughtful, engaging, and well written article World. Thanks for sharing!

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