clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

A virtual reality Paperboy made with Kinect and the Oculus Rift

New, 22 comments
Paperdude
Paperdude

Faced with the possibilities of VR gaming, most people think of chasing dragons in Skyrim or storming compounds in Counter-Strike — but Toronto tech agency Globacore had a simpler idea. They wanted to make a virtual reality version of the classic Atari game Paperboy, powered by an exercise bike, a Kinect camera and an Oculus Rift. A bike tracking widget called Kickr lets the developers track the pedaling speed of the bike, while the Kinect tracks the paper-throwing motion of the arms, and the Oculus Rift brings it all together in an immersive VR environment. The result is called PaperDude VR, and it's a surprisingly thorough combination of VR mechanics and old-school aesthetics. So far, it only exists in the Globacore office, but hopefully they can be persuaded to take it on the road.