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Virtual History

April 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 087 - Virtual History

 

And now we discuss at the technology that has been just a few months away from revolutionizing video games for the past thirty years, virtual reality. While a hot topic again due to the emergence of the Occulus Rift and the PS4 VR, virtual reality has been a Holy Grail of computer graphics research since the early 1960s. We examine the origins of VR at the University of Utah and its refinement at Atari and VPL Labs before looking at several attempts to bring VR into the mainstream in the early 1990s. We end with a quick look at the state of VR today.

 

Master Collector of View Master: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JxAv3-QOzc

Morton Heilig's Sensorama (Interview): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSINEBZNCks

Legend of the Sword of Damocles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNSh519GxvY

Sword of Damocles Headset Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OwlABr1o-g

Sword of Damocles Headset With Explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vuGXWnYZpA

Lecture from 1996 on Sword of Damocles Headset: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2AIDHjylMI

TCW 046 Atari, Ray Kassar, and Warner: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/atari-ray-kassar-and-warner/

Moon Dust Commodore 64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzVIEnTfclY

Scientific American Interview Jaron Lanier: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/interview-with-jaron-lani/

AVGN Zelda II Power Glove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ab48nahZzo

The Wizard - Power Glove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Esx7xgXl5g

The Untold Story Of VR On The Sega Genesis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UN_pN9ZU8Y

Sega VR at CES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd98RGxad0U

Dactyl Nightmare Gameplay and Unit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbOGV8-lyno

Oculus Rift Polygon Nightmare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqfpt2hoVrU

Discovery Channel Battletech Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdJA5C_Po4U&t=4s

Polygon Disney Quest VR Article:https://www.polygon.com/features/2018/10/18/17888722/disneyquest-disney-vr-closed

Zone Hunter Promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8STASuTKDag

Buggy Ball VR on a game show: https://youtu.be/NkQCWiYB3Wc?t=475

John Carmack Interview on Oculus Rift: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyuMVazQPos

Tetris Effect Launch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFVL6t8IHE8

Real Bomb Squad plays Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYunaBkn9Ng

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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