I am not the man featured in this video of a first-person shooter played from inside an American Gladiators-style cage. No, I went before this guy and almost fell on my face. Then I filmed him, fearing for his knees.
The cage here is from Virtual 360 Ventures. It's called the Virtusphere and it's on display at Game Developers Conference for brave people like me to try. The creators tell me they just received clearance to install two in the Excalibur hotel in Las Vegas. So you, brave souls, may be able to play in one of these this year, too.
The Virtusphere is just a cage, no video game tech inside it. It rolls with the power of the footsteps of the person inside, just as a hamster wheel rolls when a hamster scurries. The gamer within wears a virtual reality headset and wields a plastic shotgun. From within the headset, you see a simple first-person shooter world — an airport tarmac with aliens on it, I think. You can shoot them. It's virtual reality, in a cage.
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