If you’ve never experienced virtual reality, likely, you’re not alone. Thanks to the cost associated with this new technology, there has been very little penetration into homes worldwide. Once consumers can try out this new age of gaming, though, spending upwards of $3,000 for a machine capable of running VR may seem like a small price to pay for a new way to interact with the virtual world. The following are five ways that Virtual Reality and gaming could revolutionize your life:
- Travel Through History, Present-Day, Or Future Worlds
Your initial thoughts about VR technology are likely immersing yourself in a completely different world that seems more real than reality itself. Not only are games being created to allow players to travel to other worlds, but educational institutions are also creating programs that allow the player to travel through history. The popular video game “Eve: Valkyrie” is designed to allow players to take control of a space fighter and engage in massive dog fights with other players across the globe. These games give you the feeling of actually being part of another world and experiencing things firsthand that we could only dream about before.
- Improve your Memory
With virtual reality gaming, you can take targeted lessons on specific subjects that will help improve your memory skills. A company called Posit Science specializes in this type of technology. They have developed their software to help players improve memory and cognitive skills through targeted lessons. These programs are simple, fun, and effective at improving mental function in older adults suffering from memory loss.
- Treat PTSD
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a serious issue affecting many individuals worldwide. With this type of disorder, a person experiences intrusive memories and flashbacks to traumatic events that occurred in their lives. Researchers from the Uppsala University in Sweden have created a VR game designed to help treat PTSD. Participants went through 16 sessions over two months playing the game while researchers monitored changes in their brain activity. The result is that the patients showed decreased stress, anxiety, and depression when dealing with traumatic memories.
- Teach Empathy
For years, educators have been trying to teach their students how to show empathy for others in various ways. Virtual reality is changing this. Instead of preaching about the advantages of being empathetic towards others, VR allows students to feel what it’s like to be someone else. For example, “The Body VR” is a program that will enable users to experience what it’s like to live with different disabilities. It teaches empathy by allowing players to see the world through the eyes of someone who is experiencing things differently than they are used to.
- Make Tough Decisions
One of the biggest problems people face is having difficulty making tough decisions. This problem often stems from individuals not knowing the outcome based on the different actions. VR has allowed researchers to make virtual games where players are forced to make difficult decisions that have real-life consequences. The game “METAL GEAR SURVIVE” is an example of a popular VR game that allows players to learn how relatable their in-game decisions are when faced with accurate life decisions.
While being around for years now, virtual reality technology has not been a household term or a part of most homes due to expensive equipment and lack of interest from the public. However, this is starting to change as virtual reality technology becomes cheaper and more accessible.