Updated: Nov 21, 2020
Virtual reality makes it possible to transform a dull and monotonous room into a vibrant and colorful environment. With the help of a single headset, users and players can plunge themselves into an exciting and imaginative world of computer-generated magic. More precisely, virtual reality is transforming the way we live and giving us greater opportunities to improve the conditions of our real world.
Given its inherent ability to invent magical worlds, virtual reality (VR) games come in a wide variety of genres ranging from interactive war and horror battles, racing tournaments, and creative simulations of new worlds and galaxies. VR gaming is changing the way people engage in gaming and also raising the bar for entertainment.
Today, virtual reality gaming is one of the newest and fastest-growing fields in the entertainment industry. Unlike traditional video games, VR gaming transforms the player’s experience from navigating a 2-dimensional screen into a fully immersive 3- dimensional experience. VR gamers can also manipulate their enhanced environment by using special sensor-equipped gloves which are more natural and fluid than the ungainly methods of clicking a mouse or pressing a button.
VR gaming has many health benefits as well. While traditional video games require players to sit in front of a screen for hours, VR games actually encourage a great deal of physical activity. In order to interact with a VR world, users have to actively move in real-time and space. If you are battling a dragon in a VR world, you are literally swinging that hefty sword with your hand and wrangling its neck with the other.
However, VR is not just limited to the entertainment industry — there are endless possibilities for practical applications too. During this coronavirus pandemic, exploring the world of virtual reality can help us discover new and better ways of using technology for social good.
As an online student, I have seen firsthand how both teachers and students rely on technology for completing assignments, communicating with each other, and setting up discussions and lectures. VR technology could make online learning substantially more engaging with classroom simulations.
For subjects like chemistry or physics, certain concepts are best taught by live demonstrations instead of a textbook. Virtual reality can allow students to replicate a science experiment as a live event even if every student is not physically present together in the classroom. VR offers each student the opportunity to experience the experiment as if it were real.
Another exciting application of VR is being used to promote awareness about endangered species. Organizations like National Geographic have created VR simulations available to anyone who has access to VR equipment. You can take virtual tours in far off places such as the icebergs in the Arctic or the depths of the sea and have the opportunity to nest with penguins, hunt with polar bears, or swim with exotic fish. You’ll also see some of the harsh conditions many of these animals face like the melting of ice caps in the North and South Poles. Providing easy access to people to take virtual tours of these areas help to educate and bring awareness to how we can preserve our natural habitat and save our endangered species.
Virtual reality is still in the early stages of development and yet we have seen its powerful effects on humanity. Computer scientists are continuing to explore and push the boundaries of what it can offer. One thing is for sure, virtual reality is already becoming an integral part of how we live, work, and play.