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Virtual Gifts For Boyfriend Birthday

Virtual Gifts For Boyfriend Birthday
Virtual Gifts For Boyfriend Birthday

Meta Quest 2 — Advanced All-In-One Virtual Reality Headset — 128 GB

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Before explaining about Virtual Gifts For Boyfriend Birthday. First, a little background. I’m 73 years old. Above average in the activity department, adept mentally, although I am literally the only person I know who can lose something when standing perfectly still. I have four grandchildren. I hold down a full-time job as a writer, and a once-a-year gig teaching Rio Grande Board Games at the annual World Board gaming Championships (WBC).
It was at the most recent WBC that I was introduced to Meta Quest 2 and, in particular, its bundled game called Beat Saber. I’d tried much cheaper VR systems, the ones that hold your phone, and you have to download apps to run on them. This was an entirely different ball game. This was, I should note, not a function of the WBC. It just so happened that one of the site administrators had brought the system along with him and, one evening, invited me to give it a try.
The first issue that one should note is that once you put the headset for this system on, you are pretty much detached from the surrounding reality. This is fine as long as it’s just you and the machine, but you can forget about being outside the machine and trying to instruct someone inside the machine about what’s going on. As it happened, the man who introduced me to the system basically set it up for me—put it on his own head, clicked the right buttons—and then transferred the headset to me. With a couple of hand prompts and a word or two, Beat Saber, the program that comes with the Meta Quest 2 when you buy it these days. Came online and there I stood, with two controllers, one in each hand, as my eyes beheld on the screen in front of me, a series of square blocks coming at me. Each with an arrow, pointing either up, down, right or left. The controllers operate two lightsabers, one in each hand, and the object of this game is to swat the approaching blocks in the direction indicated by the arrow on them. There are also occasional large obstacles coming at you, like skinny walls, which appear like three-dimensional line drawings as they approach. You can’t swat these aside, and the idea is to avoid them. In most cases, this entails just stepping out of their way, either to the right or the left, but dependent on some choices you make to Beat Saber. Some of these objects can be wide and impossible to avoid unless you duck as they approach. No way to jump over them.
And there’s music. At first, you don’t pick up on the idea that you’re swatting activity with the lightsabers can occasionally be rhythmic, linked to the beat of the music. . . Beat Saber. Get it? But you’ll pick up on that fairly quickly. If you don’t dance and would like to, this is a good program that will force-feed you the concept of moving your body in beat with the rhythm of a song. You don’t realize you’re dancing because as far as you’re concerned, you’re swatting colored boxes with virtual reality lightsabers. A note of caution. People familiar with the system and how it works will delight in recording video of your attempts to play the game; unbeknownst to you, ’cause you’re wrapped up in the headset and can’t see anything but what the machine is giving you to see. These people recording you will be lolling themselves breathless, as you contort yourself in a relatively confined space, trying to dodge things and swat at the colored boxes.
I made the mistake of failing to heed the warning that if I didn’t buy one of these systems soon, its price was going to go up. A lot. And it did. But I bought it anyway and am just beginning to tap into the available free apps and exploring the possibility of buying other ones.
There’s a free Epic Roller Coaster app, which is fairly enjoyable, although oddly enough, both myself and my wife (now at home with our own Meta Quest 2) found ourselves getting a little queasy during the experience. Not sure what that’s about. She NEVER goes on real roller coasters and I do it all the time.
Also found a walking-on-a-building-skeleton app that had me God knows how many stories high and though not generally afraid of heights (acrophobia), I wasn’t all that keen on walking on the available, skinny steel walkways to approach the edge. I’m in my living room, my mind knowing damn full well that I’m not only not as high as the program makes me think I am, but am, in fact, on solid ground. Yet, in an attempt to approach the edge and have a look OVER the edge, I am literally creeping forward, edging my foot out in front of me, making sure of my balance with each step. My mind absolutely refuses to grasp the concept that I am not in any danger.
It should be noted that when you play in virtual reality, the mechanism has you define a space where you are going to be, truly drawing a perimeter line. It’s not because the machine is worried you might step off the big building you only think you’re on. But when you’re playing a game like Beat Saber, you want to make sure that your arm movements don’t knock over a lamp your Aunt Ethel gave you for Christmas last year. Or in moving your legs around, you don’t accidentally kick the screen out of your new Smart TV.
I haven’t been too excited by any of the first-person shooter kind of apps that are available. That kind of activity never lured me to the various systems that were already on the market. But I did notice and have been on the verge of pulling the trigger on some other activities, like table tennis, actual tennis and some other sports activities, like baseball. Am also interested in what is, at present, a small selection of board games, like Tsuro and chess (in a variety of different environments). They offer Catan (originally, Settlers of Catan) and though my interest in board games is strong, I never really liked Catan in real-time, so I’m not going to pick it up in VR.
I recommend this system highly. The experience of good VR (and you can buy systems better than the basic one that I purchased) is mind-altering. It’s something to which your mind has never been previously exposed; an alternate reality with its own set of rules that takes some getting used to. It’s more expensive than pot, but unlike pot, it doesn’t just let your head create new connections and free it from everyday anxieties, it creates a reality within your brain that is intriguing to watch, hear and interact with.
And, as my age indicates, fun for all ages.
Oh, and one other cautionary note for those of a certain advanced age. The first time I tried the system, at the WBC, my score to Beat Saber was abysmally low. So I tried again. And again. It wasn’t my hand movements with the controllers or the side-stepping away from approaching objects that got to me. It was the ducking at things that I had to let go over my head. I made the crouching moves necessary with reckless abandon. Once, again, and again. My upper thighs complained to me all the next day. The good news is that it makes for good, healthy exercise.

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Meta Quest 2 is a virtual reality headset developed by Amazon that offers users an immersive and interactive experience. The headset is designed to be comfortable and lightweight, making it easy to wear for extended periods of time. One of the key features of the Meta Quest 2 is its high-resolution display, which provides users with crystal clear visuals and a wide field of view. The headset also includes built-in audio, allowing users to fully immerse themselves in their virtual environment.

In addition to its impressive display and audio capabilities, the Meta Quest 2 also includes a range of sensors and motion tracking technology. This allows users to move naturally in the virtual world and interact with objects and environments in a realistic and intuitive way. The Meta Quest 2 is compatible with a wide range of virtual reality content, including games, movies, and educational experiences. The headset also includes access to the Amazon Appstore, which offers a wide selection of virtual reality apps and games.

Overall, the Meta Quest 2 is a powerful and versatile virtual reality headset, I selected it for Virtual Gifts For Boyfriend Birthday that offers users a truly immersive and interactive experience. Whether you’re a gamer, movie buff, or just looking for a new way to experience the world, the Meta Quest 2 is a great choice.

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