My initial reaction upon experiencing virtual reality for the first time was one of awe-inspired astonishment (accompanied by a smidgen of motion sickness), as I pondered, still jittering, the possibilities this game-changing medium had opened up.
But first time's vary for everyone, as Japanese TV host Rei Kikukawa can most certainly attest to.
Does this look like a face enraptured by the limitless potential of a new technology?
Nope, it's more akin to the neither-laughing-nor-crying-though-nevertheless-deeply-shaken reaction common in post-trauma prankees. Here's what happened:
Just Place The Headset Over Your Eyes
So far, so simple.
Oh Look, An Unassuming Well
Nothing could possibly lurk inside.
Taking Your First Steps...
Just a little closer.
Well Hello, There!
And that's how you traumatize a poor VR virgin on national TV. Check out the full video below:
Everyone will remember their moment in VR; the first time the technology clicks with them, leaving a lasting impression that's hard to shake — especially if it involves a subterranean phantom with a penchant for jump scares.
How would you introduce your unsuspecting friends to VR?