POST: 'Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom' - the game uses your neighborhood

What it's about.

A virtual reality video game that goes awry!

My experience.

Technology has grown so much over the years and this play demonstrated the possible cons of virtual reality in the gaming world. So first, the stage was super dope! There were lights beaming and reflecting off the walls, there was three-dimensional technology and voice alterations that transported me from this theatre to a real video game.

The game uses some sort of technology that enables it to access your location. Once your location has been accessed you are prompted to play throughout your neighborhood, and… well, that’s where I would sign out. I’m already suspicious when my iPhone asks me to enable my location services so I know for sure that I wouldn’t be comfortable with a whole video game knowing my address! I’d be looking at the screen like…

This virtual reality game was definitely not one of the good ones out there. It instructed players to go to houses in their neighborhood and do ridiculous things like break furniture, kill pets, and steal.

Knowing how much technology has grown in such a short amount of time I could see how realistic this game could be. As a New Yorker, nothing really surprises me these days, I’m sure there are people out there who would love to make/play a game that promoted such odd behavior.

In the game, each player is directed to commit a foul act in order to advance to the next level, and as the levels got higher the challenges would become more vile. The craziest part about this interactive gaming experience is the fact that players would get so fully immersed in playing that they forgot they were not in reality. When the game ordered you to do something harmful, it was literally you and not a fake character.

The final level involved a boy physically harming his mother. The game had no boundaries which was unbelievable to me.

I know that technology evolves so fast these days, and it’s quite scary how fast we can communicate with people who are on the opposite side of the earth. Although we cannot change the future I hope there’s a way we can protect it, by using our moral compass to discern right from wrong and good from bad.

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