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How the Oculus Rift made me cry(and what it means to me)

Blyss4226
Level 8
This thread may come off a bit weirdly to some of you, but I think also a lot of you will understand. I'm going to explain how the CV1 moved me to tears and what it really means to me. So here we go!

When I first heard about the Rift it was right before the DK2 was released. I had wanted something like virtual reality for a long time for a lot of reasons, but I never thought I'd see it come to fruition in my lifetime. I'm currently 32 years old by the way. Oculus got my hopes up. VERY highly. I wanted very badly to buy a DK2 but I just simply couldn't afford it. As I've said before I don't have a lot of money. In fact I had to save for most of a year to afford my CV1. And it was totally worth it.

I've had my Rift for a week now. And I absolutely love it to death. It
is the most amazing thing I've ever experienced and it absolutely
exceeded my expectations in every way. It's everything I'd hoped. It
will make my life so much better and happier. See, I'm disabled. There
are a lot of things I can't do because my body is very rekt. A lot of
things I want to do that I would NEVER be able to do. But now I can.
That has so much meaning to me that the first day I got to REALLY spend
time in the Rift(which was the third day I had it) I wound up crying inside of it(not recommended, kinda wrecks immersion :tongue: ). I realized that so many doors that
were forever shut to me are open now. So many things I would have never gotten to see or do can be seen and done now.

I don't know if you can understand the emotional weight of something like that. It's kind of like this. Imagine that you had no legs. And for most of your life, you haven't. But then one day somebody suddenly gives you legs. And now you can walk. It's like that. The major physical limitations I have suddenly matter a whole lot less. Sure, it'd be better to not have them at all. But that's not the life I live. This is the life I live. And Rift has already made it better.

And this is only the beginning.

I've said before in other threads that I lost a lot of faith in Oculus recently due to their incredibly tight lipped nature and refusing to reveal any information about what's going on at all. Unfortunately that still holds true. But the hardware... is everything I could have dreamed for. I fervently hope Oculus gets their s**t together and starts acting like a consumer oriented company instead of a faceless Facebook subsidiary. They've given me something so beautiful that it honestly hurts me to have to be suspicious of what they are doing and why they are doing it. But that is not what this thread is about. I just wanted to make it known that my position has not changed on this particular matter.

But the hardware... is nearly perfect.

I spend most of my life right here in this bedroom. Probably 90% of my time is spent right here. There is obviously a very limited amount of stuff you can do in a single room. Mostly I just do stuff on my PC. I moderate a forum(PCSX2), do lots of gaming, some coding, hang out with some really good friends in VOIP. But some days even that is too much. Some days it's too much to get out of bed and sit in this chair in front of my PC. That is how real and bad my problems with pain are. Right now my neck is just a massive fireball of pain, for instance. But it can get sooo much worse. Imagine not even being able to sit on your butt in front of your PC.

But I don't even have to get out of bed to use the Rift. Sure, it's better sitting here in my spinny chair. But the point is now, even on those days when I can't get out of bed at all I can experience life.

That is what the Rift means to me and that is what it gives me.

Life.

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OccUpied
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Fantastic.. God bless ya!

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@Blyss4226  Would be amazing if you started a blog about this. Shared what apps / games work best for you, and review them from your point of usage, how things are improving your quality of life etc, I bet that would be invaluable for people in a similar situation. 

Im sure others would like to share their experiences. 

If you need help setting up im more than happy to lend my skills.
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shadowfrogger
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If you need help setting up im more than happy to lend my skills.


Same, pm me if you need any help with anything
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Bloodlet
Level 8
Nothing weird about this thread at all and totaly understandable.
Great to hear you are getting so much joy out of this new VR. Hope you get even more as it progresses.

This really puts into perspective the reviews that niggle about the fov or light rays. Take it for what it is and enjoy every moment while you can.

A very good friend of mine joined us on this trip to VR shortly before the release of the DK2 and unfortunately shortly before he was diagnosed with cancer. He bought the DK2 (no he wasn't a Dev but wanted to experience VR while he still could).
For the last half of 2015 he was basically house bound too but with VR he could still enjoy activities in another reality. His favourite was Euro Truck and spent many hours cruising the highways.

I'm glad he had his DK2 to distract him from his true reality and I know it helped alot emotionaly.

Sadly he lost his battle with cancer and we lost a great wingman/co-driver and friend.

RIP Koen Annys (LCD-Shadow-VT) 5/4/1968 - 30/12/2015  See you in the next reality.

   

Nobbs66
Level 8
Well Blyss, hopefully Fez and I can get our Rifts soon. I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun together in VR. Maybe some multiplayer Elite Dangerous once we all have it?
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@Bloodlet Thank you for sharing that. That last line hit home for me "See you in the next reality" 
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GenetixStudio
Level 9
Loved this post and shared it in a few places as well. Hope to see you inside the Rift!

VizionVR
Level 8
I can relate (sort of). I was in a terrible crash two years ago that smashed my femur into 4 pieces. Because of complications and three debilitating surgeries I'm still working to walk again. VR helps by freeing my mind from the restrictions of my body. Plus, depression hit pretty hard. All I wanted to do was sit and play games. Roomscale VR has been a MAJOR enticement to just get up and move again.

Funny story: One of the first games I played after the accident was Day Z (on a monitor). Day Z is a pretty hardcore survival game. Well I was doing pretty good walking from town to town gathering supplies and generally enjoying myself. So I go into this old barn to check it out. I climbed up to the hayloft and found a revolver! Coming back down the ladder I mis-stepped and fell AND BROKE MY DAMNED LEG! So there I was, leg broken, playing a game where I had to crawl around the f***ing map for literally days looking for ways to cut wood and make a splint, while staying alive by eating stuff I found on the floor! I never found a saw or hatchet and resigned to the fact that I had to restart the game. Well if you know the game, you know that the only way to restart is to die. So now, there I am, I'm crawling around like a lunatic trying to figure out ways to kill myself!! My god! It was the most depressing game I ever played! I finally just crawled out into the street and lay there. A couple hours later I got the attention of a zombie that shambled over and ate me to death!

I never played Day Z again.
Not a Rift fanboi. Not a Vive fanboi. I'm a VR fanboi. Get it straight.

blanes
Level 8
Cool story bro and good to know this can make you enjoy your life to its maximum ... may the gods bless & protect you and keep you happy !  B)