No doubt it's cool to dive safely with sharks in a shark cage simply by wearing VR goggles, but after a few of these video translocations, a viewer has to wonder, “What else can it do? Can it tell me a story?”
Creative producers and artists are starting to explore how this immersive technology might present artistic expressions in compelling ways.
There are great, even thrilling and vital new worlds to discover in virtual space. But it’s essential that narrative and story always direct the action, lest purely flashy but irrelevant sensations overwhelms the reason for spending time someplace that only pretends to be real.