Web Series Wednesday: Virtually Entertaining
As we take a closer look at virtual reality this week, it’s worth exploring the web series that have been doing the same. The following series present intriguing takes on the future of VR content, from wholly immersive TV “reality” shows to a virtual sex industry.
Next week on Wednesday, we’ll be watching some action web series, so if you know of any good ones, send them over to [email protected].
This web series imagines a level of virtual reality we haven’t quite begun to approach. In it, four people are sent into a series of TV shows as fully active (but virtual) participants. They have to complete “challenges” for a shot at “the prize,” like any (virtual) reality TV competition. The announcer character deems the show a “merging of television and video games in a virtual reality world.” Part of the game involves the participants figuring out what show they’re living in—a fairly interesting concept based on each of their personal backgrounds.
An animated web series that takes place in the year 2020, “TOME” stands for Terrain of Magical Expertise, the name of the future’s most popular VR game. Naturally, there’s a quest involved, a team of misfit hero gamers, and plenty of nemesis hackers to defeat. It’s like Pokémon meets Second Life meets WOW meets…“Adventure Time”? That may not be the most apt description, so figure one out for yourself when you watch.
This very dry series is largely informational and instructional. The creator shows how he makes virtual reality landscapes himself by, for instance, offering a time-lapse video of his digital motions. You get to see everything through the dual “eyeballs” of VR and explore the guy’s virtual creations as he builds them. Don’t go to this series for entertainment, but it might satisfy your VR curiosity a bit (even if some of the videos are a bit outdated).
From Vice, this series explores “love industries” from all over the world…but it begins in the virtual world. As this episode notes, when new technology comes out, the first thing people tend to think is, “Oh, wow, can we fuck with it?” (Fuck, here, meaning “have sex,” not “mess with”–though both are undeniably true.) Can VR satisfy humankind’s wildest kinks? Explore that question in this web series.