Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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Headsets Of Yore

by cgriff - Competition Entry

Today, in the year 2158, we have enjoyed fully immersive, sensory holographic technology for many decades.

But did you know that there was once a time that people strapped headsets to their faces in order to try and enjoy virtual realities? Naturally, it was not without its difficulties...

In this interactive documentary we will look a typical challenge faced by an early VR adopter in 2016.

Can you help Steven to complete his VR game without his wife divorcing him?


W to Move Forwards

A to Turn Left

D to Turn Right

Standalone Build:

You can full-screen the game if you download the standalone. Resolution should be 1280x720.

Downloads and Links


DesignerNap says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 9:11pm

Love this. As a full time VR user and developer, I can say this is an accurate simulation of our trying times

krish8L says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:27am

awesome idea, the movement is weird but still loved this

Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:05pm

Love the idea. Took a while to get used to the camera and controls. Might be a bit too impossible to win though.

TLansdale says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:36pm

Just as in real-life, I have successfully both won at a game I enjoyed while draining my wife of most of her patience and goodwill.

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