Monthly Archives: October 2014

The day began with the an overcast drive to UPS and ended with my head spinning, but for all the right reasons.  I would describe the process of setting up the Oculus Rift DK2 as intuitive, but still cumbersome–to be expected with a development kit. Following the short delay, I was leaping around Windlands, having seen many youtube videos of the experience.  I was concerned that my previewing experience would somehow diminish the effect, thankfully that didn’t turn out to the be case.  Despite forgoing calibration, Windlands was a great experience, the sensation of being high up was exhilarating and terrifying.  I found myself instinctively reaching out with my foot when I approached an edge, a reaction in which I found great humor, reveling in the reality this “great height” I feared was at worst a 2 ft fall from my desk chair.  The combination lead to a sensation I would have to describe as Rift Drunk: Nimbly navigating with the grappling hooks in Windlands is super fun causing moments of elation and then there’s those moments your body is convinced it’s high and in a dangerous situation strikes terror.  These independently are great, I can even appreciate the fear, similar to enjoying a thriller film, but it’s an emotional exhausting experience swaying from one to the other so frequently.  I remain undeterred! The drunk feeling subsided quickly once I proceeded to  briefly walk around my apartment.  I look forward to my experiences for Day 2!