I've neglected VR for entertainment thus far which is weird because this is probably how VR will move from gamers and early adopters to everyone else. VR movies as they are now are almost a hybrid of a game and a movie which is amazing. You must try it. This particular movie I'm reviewing will only take about 10 minutes of your time.
In looking where to start, I decided to do Google best VR apps. Surely there will be a short film I can watch on the list that exists purely to be entertainment, and not have other agendas.
I picked VR Noir because I thought the synopsis was intriguing. This film a thriller where you play a private investigator, Veronica, who happens to be a former cop.
The movie begins in her office. She explains what's going on in her life as you walk around. She has a nice, soothing voice, like a childhood math teacher that patiently explains to 11 year olds why there are suddenly now letters in math equations. She narrates details from her life, and her character develops in a short amount of time. You begin to feel her problems.
After a rough FaceTime with her estranged husband, in walks a desperate, haggard looking woman, who sits and begins to explain why she has come to a private investigator. It is now when the investigation begins! I won't ruin the story for you since I think you should download the app and watch it for yourself, however, my analysis requires that you've seen it, so if you go now and watch it, it will only take about 10-15 minutes.
Here are some notes about what I think was good and what needs improvement:
What I hope to see in the future
VR Movies that address the areas where I said need improvement.
Movies with a lot of thought or strategy, turned into VR - like House of Cards in VR with real decision making capacity would be awesome. Imagine making some calls as Francis Underwood!
Crazy last note
I think it would be cool to use VR as a method of "trying on" careers. Imagine you could go through a "season" of a specific job, just like on Netflix, and decide if you enjoyed that industry or profession, or not. I sort of felt like a private investigator here. I think a lot of kids went through I want to be a spy, investigator, explorer, etc phase and then (perhaps falsely? I will never know) assume it's too difficult, too dangerous, or too impractical. Maybe VR can open up career possibilities to people earlier in life (as opposed to oh hey figure out your life in four years of college and be bound by that decision forever).
The makers, StartVR
Behind the scenes of making VR Noir - highly recommended!
VR & AR are for everyone.