Connington’s first VR trip was closer to what you’d typically do after taking shrooms. After donning the Rift headset, he was sitting in a cave around a crackling campfire listening to an old man reading George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (the series that became Game of Thrones). The simulation, Storyteller – Fireside Tales, is an immersive audio book that makes it feel like the story’s being told by someone sitting next to you.
“The echoing of the old man’s voice through the cave, the dripping of the water behind me, and the warmth of the fire in front were so intense and real that I felt like I could reach out and touch them,” Connington says.
“I had left my student life behind and become part of the ASOIAF world, feeling like Hodor could walk in at any moment.” he says. “I started to dream I was Bran, stuck in a cave somewhere North of the Wall.”
Image: Oculus Rift simulation Storyteller – Fireside Tales
Thanks to Motherboard/Vice and Jon Connington for the shoutout!