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Oculus Rift Brings Arcade Classic Into the Future

Remember Paperboy? Reckon you'd be able to play it in VR? Check out this video to see what that might look like.

By Pete Davison. Published 8 months ago

I used to enjoy Paperboy. It was an early example of a game that pleasingly bucked the trend for shooting aliens and/or soldiers, and it was a fun experience in its own right.

I got quite good at it at one point, too -- or at least I did on the Atari ST version, anyway. I'm not sure I'd be quite so good if I actually had to ride a bike and aim the papers rather than just using a joystick, though.

With the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset almost upon us, we've seen a whole bunch of interesting applications of the technology recently, the most recent of which is PaperDude VR, which is exactly what it sounds like. Take a look:

PaperDude VR is a simplified version of Paperboy in which the player rides a KickR static bicycle to set the speed of movement. The Minecraft-esque environment is sent to the Oculus Rift headset for the player to be able to look around and aim in real-time, and Kinect is used to track the positions of the player's hands and arms as well as to detect the paper-throwing gesture.

It's the work of an outfit called Globacore, who describe themselves as "a creative technology company specializing in large format multitouch surfaces, game development, and unique human-computer interactions using both physical and digital elements."

While PaperDude VR is essentially a tech demo at present, it's yet another interesting example of how Oculus Rift -- and other accessories, for that matter -- might be implemented into our games in the future.

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  • weevilo 8 months ago

    Man. This guy loves him some Paperboy.

    Can't wait to see how geeky some of the flight sim guys get with this stuff.

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