Alone for the Oculus Rift puts players into a game within a game
The Oculus Rift already looks to be a device that will revolutionize gaming for this generation, giving players full control over their viewing angle and taking over their visual sense. As you can imagine, this opens up many new opportunities for game developers to take advantage of in order to immerse players into horror games like never before. A recent and excellent example of what the Oculus is capable of is Alone from Greenwood Games, a game that puts players in control of a virtual character gaming in their living room.
The player’s controller inputs are used to control this character’s game, while the Oculus Rift is used to look around their digital living room from their couch as they play. In the game within the game, your character’s character will explore a large mansion where they will find notes detailing gruesome events. Those events are then paralleled by creepy occurrences within the digital living room.
While it might seem a bit gimmicky, you can see in the video that this technology paired with clever layered immersion works wonders. This gameplay technique keeps the player’s attention focused in the game making it easy to forget they are playing one themselves–clever gameception at it’s finest.
We are definitely moving into Sci-Fi movie territory for the future of gaming and it’s exciting. Hopefully the Oculus will continue to be developed for so that we may see some truly amazing ideas such as this one come to life.