Tuesday, July 26, 2005


There has been rampant speculation recently, regarding a possible Visor for the Nintendo Revolution, and it stems from the Emagin/Nintendo connection. No, this is not going to be some rumour-busting messege, or another dismissed blogger, but rather a look, at what may be possible with a head-mounted unit, and what is possible if done right. It's a look to the future, becuase it is an inevitable leap, that at some time will be made. I hope that this is what the "Revolution" is, becuase truly, it could be wonderous.

People tend to scoff at even the notion of a visor, be it for several reasons. "I don't want to wear some stupid helmet", "It will burn the eyeballs out of your head", "Look at the Virtual Boy", e.t.c. I say to these people;

Use your imagination. Think about what it would be like to stand amongst your Pikmin, looking at them, with the same wonder and awe, Miyamoto did when he was inventing the idea, looking at ants in his own garden. Imagine yourself standing on a grassy hill, overlooking Hyrule, and stopping so that Epona can drink from the babbeling brook running beside you. Imagine yourself standing on the edge of a cliff, pearing down to the lavaflow below, and hearing a screech from behind you, whirling around, slowly looking up to the 25' tall hideous creature that is Ridley staring you right in the face.

These are the things that become possible with a VR visor. Bieng truly immersed into your world. No longer would outside distractions, invade your dream-world. You become who you want, when you want, for exactly as LONG as you want.

Gaming is all about getting away from it all, and there would be nothing better, then to slip on that visor, and just...escape. Gaming would become almost a spirtual journey, into the unknown, with only your wits, and trusty sword by your hand.

Racing games would become something entirly different. No longer would you have to toggle the rear-view mirror with a button press, or guess that another car was coming up alongside you. You could simple turn your head, and then side-swipe the opposing driver, sending him realing into several on-coming cars, and then simply look at the rear-view mirror to witness the utter destruction you have just cuased.

Open your minds, to the sheer joy you would get from entering an online village, knowing that your walking amongst other players from around the world, perhaps purchasing new suits of armour, and a new steed. How about visiting with other real people in Animal Crossing, actually boarding a train, going to your friends house, and play a virtual video-game of Mario-Kart, in your virtual house, no, your virtual-world.

These are the things I think about, when A visor is discussed, not wether or not I look dorky wearing it, becuase hell knows I "dorky" already, sitting on my couch holding a controller in my hand, screaming at the TV becuase the game is "unfair".

Here's to hoping Nintendo does indeed include a visor with the Revolution, becuase after playing the same games, for over 20years with just "better graphics", change is due. Perhaps,a Revolution is due.


Blogger Thought-Epiphany said...

I hope so much that they do. Even if one is not included, you will probably be able to get one for it. You and I share the same dream. Technology can make it happen. If not this time, Nintendo someday will, but here's to hoping that it is part of the Revolution. Beautiful article by the way. Maybe it will make the critics think a bit.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Iris said...

Good article, but I wouldn't get my hopes up. I still think a VR headset would be too expensive, although I'm not ruling out the possability yet.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Ronsmytheiii said...

Nintendo is not about immersion (ex. Playstation's FMV vs. Nintendo's... not) They perfer innovation, and while this is cool and all there is not much innovation that can be achieved, but the wow factor is still there.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

I like the way you think Truthseeker. I am a major fan to the Nintendo ON and I did so much research of Visor technology it's not even funny. Theres a LOT of technology that exists. I saw a VR Visor that had Panoramic screens which means you really do only see inside the game as the screens curve around your eyes viewing field. I also say that the same visor had 360 Degree head tracking which allows you to look around in the game just by moving your head as well as surround sound speakers. The Visor was made by Emagin. Anyways I loved the ON and still think theres a great chance for that to be real.

9:46 PM  
Blogger sssd said...

i am totally opposed to a visor because of the exact reasons you are excited for it. I don't want something so real that I lose myself to it completely.

Imagine the backlash nintendo would get for anything violent if you were immersed as deeply in the game as you imagine it here?

the world, myself included, just isn't ready for something like this. I really hope nintendo brings a revolution, but not like this...

9:32 AM  
Blogger Praxis said...

But as you've said in the past; look at the price and how logical it is.

Emagin DOES have a commercial virtual reality 3D visor, with an 800x600 resolution, and gyroscopes to pick up your head movement.

It costs $800.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

It costs $900 and Nintendo could easily shrink down the price if they mass marketed these things.

I was playing Resident Evil 4 that I recently purchased on my 30 Inch widescreen HDTV with surround sound and I'm thinking this is pretty good but imagine wearing the ON or some other form of Visor with panoramic screens, surround sound and 360 degree headtracking. You would really feel like your in the game with the Zombies if this was done right. It would reall revolutionize gaming and thats NOT an opinion.

However I don't think Nintendo is creating a visor. Specially with the recent interview with Shigeru Miyamoto and GameSpy. Doesn't sound anything like a Visor.

1:26 PM  
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