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Becareful what you show people!

ParadiseDecay
Level 8
Had a neighbour pop over to borrow his spare key becuase he left his at work. He's never seen VR before so I thought show him 'TheBlu' and the whale scene.

He put the HMD on and was gasping in amazement, I thought he was in the Oculus Home starting area, he wasn't he was still on the 'look here to start screen' and was freaking out in joy at just seeing his hands in VR.
He entered the Oculus Home but was reluctant to look around at first.

I started up TheBlu and as soon as the intro popped up, he froze in fear, would not move and said it was really freaking him out, and that he needed to take the HMD off.

He then told me that whenever he took the kids to an aquarium, he had to stay out the way as he had a fear of being around or near water. I felt terrible and wished I had ask him what things he liked and disliked first.
He was very reluctant to want to try anything else after that, but I calmed him down and managed to get him to watch 'Henry' and he thought it was absolutely amazing!

He said the next time he comes round he's going to have a glass of wine first!  πŸ™‚
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vannagirl
Level 12


Had a neighbour pop over to borrow his spare key becuase he left his at work. He's never seen VR before so I thought show him 'TheBlu' and the whale scene.

He put the HMD on and was gasping in amazement, I thought he was in the Oculus Home starting area, he wasn't he was still on the 'look here to start screen' and was freaking out in joy at just seeing his hands in VR.
He entered the Oculus Home but was reluctant to look around at first.

I started up TheBlu and as soon as the intro popped up, he froze in fear, would not move and said it was really freaking him out, and that he needed to take the HMD off.

He then told me that whenever he took the kids to an aquarium, he had to stay out the way as he had a fear of being around or near water. I felt terrible and wished I had ask him what things he liked and disliked first.
He was very reluctant to want to try anything else after that, but I calmed him down and managed to get him to watch 'Henry' and he thought it was absolutely amazing!

He said the next time he comes round he's going to have a glass of wine first!  πŸ™‚


i love this stories, first time users are the best
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SkipChurch
Level 0
I have a sort of bathophobia (fear of depths) when it comes to water myself. I probably would have reacted the same way if thrown right into it. As a matter of fact, I will avoid TheBlu. Thanks for the heads-up.  :# 

elboffor
Level 12
We really shpuld always record first time users. Oculus should give us all free go pros and an upload channel to use as advertisements!
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cybernettr
Level 9
Maybe there's some truth to the claim that VR can help one deal with phobias, but I agree that phobics should ease into it first. It sounds like VR is realistic enough to trigger a true phobic reaction.

FrozenPea
Level 13
Theres a lot of research going into using VR to treat fears and its proving to be really effective! Once hes used to VR and 'feels safe' might be wourth suggesting
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elboffor
Level 12
Im scared of dreadhalls
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DTH
Level 7
I use a Gear VR and will get my rift system in a week or two.  Is there a big difference in the two as being more into the scene ect...?

ParadiseDecay
Level 8

DTH said:

I use a Gear VR and will get my rift system in a week or two.  Is there a big difference in the two as being more into the scene ect...?


I think you'll be more impressed with the Rift  πŸ˜‰
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DarkTenka
Level 10

elboffor said:

Im scared of dreadhalls


I really like the movement and atmosphere of this game. I just wish it was more of a hack/slash RPG than a run-in-fear from everything kind of game. Scouring the shelves/tables etc for coins is fun and the catacomb maze is really immersive.