Hey all, if you are a listener of The Big Baby Daddy Cast you already know that I am an avid believer that Virtual Reality is going to be groundbreaking for the video game industry.
In order to fuel this fervor we at The Gamer Mind decided to put together a top 10 list of the most wanted VR Apps. Enjoy the list, and if you have any suggestions please feel free to leave your ideas in the comments section below.
This app could make practicing for a job interview simple and intuitive, without the embarrassment of calling a friend over for help. The player will be judged on eye-contact, pauses between sentences, non-verbal movements, and overall speech and narrative answers. Why stop there? If you pass the tutorial, subsequent interview levels, and are ready for an actual interview the “player” could choose to be an interviewer in some form of multiplayer component.
The death of a friend or family member can have devastating effects on a person’s mental state. Sometimes people are taken from us before we are ready to see them go. This app records special moments (baseball games with dad, birthdays, family reunions, etc…) and stores them for later viewing. A person could put on a VR headset and relive these moments with loved ones that have since passed much in the same way we turn to a photograph or video record of various moments. The immersion VR can have on a person may add some closure or at the very least bring brief happiness to anyone who misses someone who has passed on.
ARG Skype-Like App
What if your loved one were stationed overseas on a military assignment and the only way to communicate with them was via skype or a phone call? What if you had the ability to see a 1 to 1 scale of them in your living room through the use of VR and alternate reality? The theory is that an app could make this possible through the use of a Skype-like feature instead of video to video you can place the image of the person in your immediate area and have conversations with them as if they were in the room with you.
Rainy Day App
Ever wish it was raining outside? Do you fall asleep better when there is a thunderstorm in the distance? VR can theoretically imitate a thunderstorm outside while you watch a movie, play a game, or simply read a book in the virtual space. Personally, living in sound Florida I miss the muteness of a snow storm that has since passed. You might have to stick your head in the freezer to get the full affect though.
Ok, Ok not everyone likes Pokémon but just hear me out for one second. You are in your living room and put on a VR headset and hiding in your home’s various nooks and crannies are tiny creature you can collect and battle. The possibilities are limitless considering it won’t be too hard to use the same algorithms as far as frequency of certain creatures appearing. Rare creature would only come out at night and others in the day. Sitting on the couch watching a movie in the VR space? This app could run in the background and have tiny creatures that you have caught milling about doing animal like things all around you. Sign. Me. Up.
Baby Monitor App
Yes some gaming parents would love the idea of playing a VR game while the babies are asleep or taking their nap. So what do you do while you are immersed in the game and want to keep a third eye on the little ones? The Baby Monitor App would allow for a prompt or a full on kill switch to any game when the baby is awake or crying. An indicator would prompt the player that their little ones are fresh from their nap. Taking this idea further, the app can also monitor things like disturbances outside of the gaming space to let the user know if someone is at the door or if the pot roast is burning. Being aware of things around you while you are immersed is very important to gamer parents. This, I think will strengthen the appeal of VR for working gamer parents.
Who among us has ever fantasized about being rich and/or famous? The celebrity simulator app would allow the player to transform him or herself into a hotshot movie actor or a business mogul with a VR headset. Men and women would flock to your side whenever you exit a vehicle. You’d dine at the most expensive restaurants with your entourage in tow as you sip win with other celebrities (DLC?). Stop singing in the shower and start living the life of a real virtual celebrity…do it now!
Scared of the dark? Spiders giving you the stink eye? How about heights? The Phobia App theoretically could allow people to over come their fears by gradually ramping up the “fear factor” in each level. The hope is that more virtual exposure to these phobias will all but eliminate them from your day-to-day life. Theoretically.
Gentalmans Club App
I, um…well make of that what you will…Moving on.
Being a daddy I would love it if I could allow my little one to roam around the virtual space of a Disney or Nickelodeon show set and interact with the characters instead of burying themselves in the iPad or cell phone all day. The child puts on the headset and is immediately warped into the world of Dora The Explorer or Bubble Guppies. She can answer questions, solve puzzles, and discover a new type of interaction the world has never before seen. I would love to see the studies on how fast kids learn when they are actually apart of their favorite kids shows. Also, I want to be an extra in the movie Scarface. Just saying.