The concept of the lethal headset was inspired by the anime Sword Art Online (SAO).
In SAO, players put on a virtual reality headset called NerveGear and log in to play a new game called Sword Art Online. But everything is not what it seems as players realise a mad scientist has trapped them in the virtual world. If they die in the game, they die in real life.
According to SAO lore, the game was first launched on 6 November 2022.
"The idea of tying your real life to your virtual avatar has always fascinated me," Luckey wrote in a blog post. "You instantly raise the stakes to the maximum level and force people to fundamentally rethink how they interact with the virtual world and the players inside it."
\u201c"This might be a game, but it is not something you play."\n\nTo commemorate the Sword Art Online Incident of November 6th 2022, I made the OQPNVG, the first virtual reality device capable of killing the user - if you die in the game, you die in real life.\n\nhttps://t.co/F3nkP5EU61\u201d
Palmer, 30, sold his company, Oculus, to Meta in 2014 for $2 billion.
It is the same technology Meta is using as the basis for the Metaverse.
Doesn't seem like Meta would be too interested in purchasing a real-life NerveGear headset but even if you are willing to bet your life on your video game skills, Palmer says it's only art for now.
"At this point, it is just a piece of office art, a thought-provoking reminder of unexplored avenues in game design. It is also, as far as I know, the first non-fiction example of a VR device that can actually kill the user."
But he leaves fans with some chilling words, "It won’t be the last."
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