One of the most challenging aspects of video-games culture for a newcomer, especially for a busy parent, is trying to learn and understand the many, many acronyms and specialised terms. GameHub HQ entries are jargon-free, so you can get the information you need as easily and painlessly as possible, but there are still some words worth knowing. Every Monday, we break down one Word Worth Knowing from the world of gaming.

What is VR, what do you need to know and why do you need to care?

What It Is: VR = Virtual Reality

What It Means:┬áVirtual Reality is a slight misnomer, as arguably all (or at least a sizebale majority of) video-games and even films present the player or watcher with a virtual reality. When the term VR is used, however, the writer is referencing a specific way of viewing the virtual world, i.e. via a screen placed very close to the eyes in order to simulate the experience of being immersed in the other world. So, you remember how it used to be considered unhealthy to sit too close to the TV? Now we are basically strapping screens directly onto our eyeballs. I know, I know…

Why You Care: Virtual Reality is the big buzz word in gaming circles right now. Everybody is interested in where the technology is going to go. Will it be something that families want to have in their living rooms or will it be confined to schools and libraries as an educational toy? Only time will tell how great of an impact VR will have on the way families interact with digital worlds.

PS: Ever wanted to know what our offices look like in VR? Here’s a sneak peek!


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