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you did the pac rim oculus rift thing? how was it?
it was pretty neat! they distributed tickets first thing in the morning for different hour-long timeslots during which you could come back at any point and be guaranteed entrance
the whole experience itself was maybe about two minutes? i couldn’t quite tell, but it was fully immersive, first with the oculus rift headset being placed over your eyes and then headphones with high volume being placed over your ears while you sat down in a row of about 5 other chairs which had other people observing their experiences
the environment was fully rendered and you could pretty much look in any direction inside of GDanger’s cockpit and you would see detail, so I decided to look all around me. then I heard a familiar voice urging me to look right and look at him- Yancy Becket. Turns out this is their fight against Knifehead and you are in the place of Raleigh. You initiate the neural handshake- which was pretty neat- and then you get the Jaeger all ‘calibrated’ and get ready to punch some Kaiju- Knifehead appears and begins his attack. Yancy is kinda narrating the experience and you think you’ve won the fight until the entire Jaeger rumbles and glass shatters and Yancy gets ripped out of the cockpit and, well, you know the rest. The screen fades to the PPDC logo and tells you to be sure to come back and “enlist in 2017, because the fight starts anew”.
Then, as instructed by the guy running the booth, I raised my hand and they removed the headgear and I was free to go. I had to sign a waiver before it all stating that I knew it could potentially cause motion sickness but I was actually fine, which is surprising since I do get motion sick at the drop of a hat.
I was given the personalized badge with my name and the code to redeem for one of four free Legendary Pictures shirts [of course I had to go with PacRim] afterwards.
I would have liked to see more from the experience, and admittedly during the moments of intense action, the quality of the environment decreased a little due to shaking and blurring, which I guess was sorta realistic but oh well. Really immersive and very fun. And now I’m on active pilot duty at the San Diego Shatterdome! :P