Thursday, July 12, 2007

Marc Owens Realistically Simulates Videogames In Real Life

This is the Avatar Machine. Marc Owens, its designer, describes his work as:

The virtual communities created by online games have provided us with a new medium for social interaction and communication. Avatar Machine is a system which replicates the aesthetics and visuals of third person gaming, allowing the user to view themselves as a virtual character in real space via a head mounted interface. The system potentially allows for a diminished sense of social responsibility, and could lead the user to demonstrate behaviors normally reserved for the gaming environment.

I've gotta hand it to him. He faithfully recreates the feel of third person perspective in videogames. Just check out the way the whole body has to turn to change the field of view. With the camera dangling several feet behind the user, it can also simulate the way game cameras snag on nearby structures. I bet wearing that cushioned body suit also gives the user a false sense of protection from physical harm. Add some fun little toys like an aluminum bat or an airsoft gun and before you know it, you're killing hobos and corpse humping their lifeless faces.

1 comment:

SpudMuffin said...

So videogames attempt to become more life-like, while people like this attempt to make life mroe like video games. To me, this has the distinct smell of a virtual dog chasing its tail.