Oculus VR’s headsets are opening the door to a new brand of video gaming in which the player can experience virtually any environ, including the middle of the world’s largest particle collider. Collider, a new project for Oculus, isn’t a game so much as an experience. Users strap into the console (or simply project it onto a screen) and play the role of the shining star of the Large Hadron Collider—a single proton.
While it’s based on particle physics, Collider tries for an effect that’s more Aldous Huxley than Stephen Hawking. Bright fractals unfurl before the viewer’s eyes as they travel on a bizarre voyage through the LHC, and users can manipulate the environment using the Leap Motion detector.
Designer Eddie Lee took inspiration from the LHC, calling it a "beautiful and majestic" work of "perfect symmetry" in an interview with Wired. The LHC and the Higgs Boson serve as an inspiration for a not-so-scientific journey into the really bizarre end scene of 2001 as propulsive electronic music from Baiyon plays.
While it may not strive for scientific accuracy, the project provides an opportunity for a strange and provocative experience. And best of all, Collider is free in the Leap Motion store.
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