I just saw a Kickstarter project that has me drooling with desire. This is my chance to have a truly immersive experience as I meander through a strange world populated by fantastic scenery and incredible architecture.
Do you remember the album covers for the band Yes that were created by the English artist, designer, architect, and publisher -- Roger Dean? When I was a young lad, I used to love the strange worlds he created with their fantastic landscapes and organic structures, such as the one shown below:
I always wished I could somehow transport myself into these worlds and wander around and explore them. To some extent, this capability is provided by today's computers. Generally speaking I'm not a big player of computer games, but there are a couple that I simply could not resist -- Myst and Riven. These are immersive reality games in which you move through strange worlds solving puzzles and suchlike. Myst and Riven came before the days of high-speed graphics cards and the computational capabilities to render high-quality 3D images on-the-fly. What they did was to pre-render photo-realistic still images of the various scenes, such as the one from Riven shown below. Then you clicked on different directions with your mouse to move through the landscape.
Well, the folks from Cyan who brought us Myst and Riven have a Kickstarter project running to fund the creation of a new immersive reality game called Obduction. (Click here to visit this Kickstarter project.) From what I read and see, like the image shown below, this already has me drooling with desire.
At the time of this writing, there are still 17 days for this project to run on Kickstarter, and they've already raised $659,675 of the $1.1 million base funding requirement. Now, $1.1 million may seem like a lot of money, but if you've seen and heard the quality of the visuals and audio effects associated with the earlier games, you will appreciate just how much effort is required to get something like this off the ground.
I was hooked from the get-go, but what really has me chomping at the bit is the news that if the game's creators reach $1.3 million in Kickstarter pledges they are going to include support for the Oculus Rift. (I'm currently performing my happy dance.)
What do you mean What's an Oculus Rift when it's at home? It's only the coolest next-generation virtual reality headset designed for immersive gaming. (Click here to learn more.)
Can you imagine how incredible it would be to use one of these Oculus Rift headsets to enjoy a photo-realistic 3D visualization of the Obduction environment? All I can say is that I can barely restrain myself from squealing in anticipation!
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting