“I’ll never get to do this but here,” remarked an awe-struck father, as tears rolled down his face.
YouTuber user Hoopermation filmed his dad while playing through the Apollo 11 VR demo for Oculus Rift. It only took a few moments before it was clear it was having a profound effect.
Father: It’s unbelievable. It’s so unbelievable, buddy.
Son: Are you okay?
Son: Are you crying?
Father: Yeah. I’ll never get to do this but here. This is incredible. I’ve wanted to do this since I was a kid. I wanted to be an astronaut, son. [pause] Look at that. Unbelievable. Unbelievable. [sniffling]
What a cool video, right?
One of virtual reality’s great promises is the ability to transport us to places we’ll never get to visit. For the vast majority of us, space is one of ‘em, and in this case, a literal dream come true.