It wasn’t enough, it seems, for only avatars to perish in video games. To add to the thrill of and raise the stakes for gamers worldwide, Palmer Luckey, founder of the virtual reality (VR) firm Oculus, claims to have designed a game headset that vanquishes its bearer in real life upon the death of his/her avatar in the game.

Inspired by a Japanese anime of a similar concept (players trapped in an online role-playing die in reality due to the killer “Nerve Gear” headset), Luckey explained he was halfway through with brining this murderous headset to life. The device is connected to three explosive charge modules that are tied to a photosensor capable of detecting when the screen flashes red at a specific frequency. When an appropriate game-over screen is displayed, BOOM– the charges fire and blow up the gamer’s brain. One can only hope this is metaphorical.

Although under continuous development, Luckey cautioned that the headset is far from perfection and currently exists as a piece of “office art” (where one would hope it remains). As a “thought-provoking reminder of unexplored avenues in game design.”  

Source: Euro News


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