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Electronic Arts Founder Thinks Virtual Reality is Impractical

August 3, 2014 Written by Zarmena Khan

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Joining the list of industry persons who don’t have positive views about virtual reality, is Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins. Speaking to GameSpot, Hawkins has said that VR is impractical and disconnects users from their physical surroundings. 

Personally, I’m not really a big fan of goggles. I don’t really think that it’s necessary. Having to put on glasses is kind of annoying and alienating. If I’m in my home, playing games, I don’t want to knock my beer over, I don’t want to not be able to find my phone if it rings; I don’t want to not be able to make eye contact with other people in the room, you know?

In the same interview, Hawkins likened virtual reality to 3D technology, saying that it is “crammed” into movie theaters although “nobody really cares.”

Do you agree with Hawkins? I’ve got to admit that I’m not a huge fan of 3D movies myself as the glasses end up giving me a headache. But there are people out there who enjoy them. Perhaps, some folks are being too pessimistic about VR? Let us know what you think. 

[Source: GameSpot]