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Appreciating this circle is called 'games', I'm actually not a gamer but wondering about using VR just for fun, I dunno, like tourism/travel experiences etc.

I am totally ignorant about VR so wondering if anyone has any advice or insight or ideas or good non-gaming VR for dummies sites. (Excuse me if this is too vague, and let me know if I should move this post someplace else.)

Appreciating this circle is called 'games', I'm actually not a gamer but wondering about using VR just for fun, I dunno, like tourism/travel experiences etc. I am totally ignorant about VR so wondering if anyone has any advice or insight or ideas or good non-gaming VR for dummies sites. (Excuse me if this is too vague, and let me know if I should move this post someplace else.)

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Google Earth is absolutely fantastic in VR. I used it to show my grandmother places around the world since she has never traveled. She absolutely loved it.

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If you can stomach supporting Google, Sites is a fine way to tour museums, churches and mosques, palaces, and other historic and cultural landmarks. You don't need a fancy VR set either, just a cardboard viewer, a smartphone and the free app.

There are a good number of non-game 'experience' apps for Oculus Quest, a handful of which are travel based. You can also access 3D tours of various placed through the browser (eg Paris catacombs) and there are other 3D videos of places or experiences like mountain climbing or skydiving etc available through youtube within the headset. I'll say that the few strictly travel based app I've tried didn't thrill me but there are some other more nature based ones like where you can get up close with elephants and such that were better made. I'm sure the other travel ones have been updated since I used them, though. I don't know what's available on other platforms or how it might compare.

I was just gna mention this exact thing, but with the temple carved info rock at Petra instead of the catacombs. 👊🏾

It's a bit eepy that oculus is Facebook, but, having literally never looked directly at a Facebook page in my life, I just made a dummy account and off I go.

Agreed & I made a dummy acount, too. And obviously there are some ethical concerns beyond just meta = facebook with "The Metaverse" and where they want to take that. But as a standalone device and platform, I've thoroughly enjoyed it and continue to and think it's a great & simple fusion of soft and hard ware, much like the golden age of Apple products.

For sure. I have the even lower-end mobile one that I don't even think they make anymore.

btw I can't imagine the 'metaverse' being anything but a failure of hilariously spectacular proportions, if only because fb just might be the very last company on earth that could sell the idea to consumers as a new thing.

Fb is way too much of Your Grandpa's / Annoying Uncle's hangout to excite teens or younger adults, and even among said grandpas and uncles, the average level of trust in fb's (can't bring myself to call them "meta", srry) data and privacy practices is way down below the water table.
Even instagram isn't rlly cool anymore—it's more and more just a combination of a super awkward Shopify platform for tiny single-owner boutique stores, a PR outlet for celebrities, and barely more than a datebook ("everybody follow the insta acct for Bethany's 16th bday" kinda thing) for big chunks of gen Z.

like, who will sign on with them? other than corporate marketers, who will just make most ppl want to be there even less

Thanks so much, this is super helpful.

You can get a semi-sense of what's available from the store: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/search

I'll also say that I've been very impressed with the variety of apps/games available on the platform. There's a lot of great stuff for people who aren't traditional gamers. Personally, I have zero interest in shooters or mass multiplayer games or really most fast faced things. I prefer puzzles, stratefy or adventures or…tetris lol. But I've also enjoyed some sports games, some exercise and meditation apps, as wells as 3D entertainment content where you're more of an audience member than participant.