I ONLY vacationed at the beach AND in the mountains – without leaving my house.
It turns out that vacationing in the metaverse has its perks.
First of all, I didn’t have to pack, look for my passport or rush to an airport.
I just put on the Meta Quest 2 – Mark Zuckerberg’s increasingly popular virtual reality Metaverse headset.
After a few minutes I had installed and loaded a VR app called Vacation Simulator.
It’s a sequel to the immensely popular (and surprisingly fun) Job Simulator.
The premise is that we are in a future world where robots have replaced human jobs.
With the Job Simulator you can experience what it used to be like to work – in the office, as a mechanic or in the car.
Vacation Simulator is the obvious sequel: Experience how people used to (ie now) spend their time when they were “not working”.
My vacation began in a hotel, where I was greeted by a floating robot that helped me find my way.
She led me into the bathroom where I could sort my hair, trim my old beard and dye myself a bleach blonde. nice stuff
And then, like on a real vacation, I went straight to the hotel bed to lie down.
The bed was very roomy and comfortable – probably because I was actually lying flat on the floor on my living room carpet.
There was a basketball in my virtual room, so I got up to shoot some hoops. The physics are spot on (so I was understandably rubbish) but I managed to get a few in.
Tired from my athletic performance, I grabbed a virtual juice from my e-fridge.
It didn’t taste like much (or rather anything), but the gurgling sounds from the headset were oddly stifling.
Next, I went to the TV, popped a cassette into a console, grabbed a virtual joystick, and started playing a text adventure game about the vacation.
I didn’t miss the irony.
I also tried another cartridge that loaded a Mario-style side-scrolling platformer.
In fact, for a brief moment while playing on the virtual TV, I forgot that none of it was real.
Anyway, it was a lot of fun – so who cares?
At this point, I realized that I hadn’t actually left the hotel room. Oops!
So I went out to the beach, where I lay on the sand for a bit and read a book about coconuts.
I dove into the sea for a quick dip and even dunked my head.
The tone changed and I felt immersed in the underwater world. I even took a shell as a souvenir.
It’s still in my virtual backpack, waiting for me in Zuckerberg’s digital realm.
I grabbed a sun hat from the beach store because I’m not entirely convinced I can’t get sunburned in virtual reality.
And then I decided it was time for a change of scenery.
The fun never stops…until it does
The next stop was Vacation Island’s mountain resort.
It was a lot colder so I wasn’t planning on hanging out long – but I managed to find a hot tub.
A robot tells me that I can experience the stunning viewpoint once I collect “more memories” – the game’s currency – to unlock the area.
Unfortunately I didn’t feel like working on my vacation so I went back to the hotel and decided that was enough vacation for one day.
I was surprised how much fun my virtual vacation was.
And there’s so much more to do in this weird meta-world that I’m itching to go back.
The big advantage is that my virtual vacation was significantly cheaper than a real one.
And it’s a quick way to get a taste of vacation when you don’t have one on the horizon.
But really, all my virtual vacation made me want even more desperately for a real one.
Maybe the metaverse doesn’t replace reality after all.
You can buy Vacation Simulator through the Meta/Oculus Store for £22.99/$29.99.
- Meta Quest 2 at Best Buy for $299 – buy it here
- Meta Quest 2 at Currys for £299 – buy here
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https://www.thesun.ie/tech/8794688/metaverse-holiday-vacation-simulator-meta-quest-2/ I took a cheap VIRTUAL vacation with Zuckerberg’s “Metaverse” headset – it was so good I took a nap on my real floor