Speculation on VR Regulation After Seeing Disunion at #ExileGameJam

A quick recap of some thoughts I literally jumped out of bed last night to tweet, with some explanatory links appended. Apologies for the sloppy typing.

  1. After experiencing Oculus Rift, I have to say I think VR is going to be the future of the new meida regulation fight.
  2. It's just so easy to see how the River City Effect is going to play out with this new medium and its incredibile sensory overload.
  3. See an excerpt from "Electronic Games & the First Amendment" below on the River City effect. See also: Dmitri Williams' dissertation, work by Wartella & Reeves.
  4. It's radically different, it makes you look like a cyborg space alien, and it's maybe physically impossible for a lot of people.
  5. @ludist I got pretty motion sick trying it, not sure I'll ever try it again... but cool it's working for some people!
  6. Here I am looking like a cyborg space alien.
  7. People who can't take part in it, or don't, are going to radically misunderstand and imagine the worst.
  8. Just saying, like that Guillotine game was a big hit. This is like the early film of a train coming at the audience.
  9. Like are we ready for the Manhunt of VR? Is it already out there?
  10. PS Move-like controllers that are shaped like guns are basically inevitable at this point, right?
  11. This obviously already exists.
  12. The word "murder simulator" is going to get thrown around a lot.
  13. Prolly by some "killologists"
  14. At first, the Venn diagrams btwn ppl who buy Oculus Rift & high end video cards will heavily overlap, but let it mature.
  15. Who cares about the Citizen Kane of video games? I want to see the VR poet of sensory shock, the Baudelaire of virtual reality.
  16. See W. Benjamin's "On Some Motifs in Baudelaire" 
  17. All the heros of other media are currently sticking in the doorframe of VR like a carful of clowns.
  18. Clumsy mixed metaphor reference to W. Benjamin's "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" quote of Gance:

    "It extends to ever new positions. In 1927 Abel Gance exclaimed enthusiastically:


    “Shakespeare, Rembrandt, Beethoven will make films... all legends, all mythologies and all myths, all founders of religion, and the very religions... await their exposed resurrection, and the heroes crowd each other at the gate.”


    Presumably without intending it, he issued an invitation to a far-reaching liquidation."

  19. But listen, VR is not the 3D-movie gimmick of games.
  20. I think VR is on the cusp of being a mass medium, and I think it's going to have a profound effect on our media landscape and a very predictable backlash against it and a call for its regulation and censorship, if that hasn't happened already.