A recent TIME Magazine cover featured Palmer Luckey, the founder of the world famous Oculus Rift, having a blast with his Virtual Reality headset. But while the cover was supposed to show everybody just how fun the amazing device can be, it simply ended up calling attention to just how incredibly dorky people look when using it.
The biggest mistake was that the cover picture did not portray the world as seen through the VR device, but rather what people look like while using the VR devices to the rest of us in the normal world. And saying that it’s not a pretty picture would actually be an understatement, because the TIME cover simply exploded all over the internet, as people finally had the perfect image to confirm what they had already been thinking for months now; that VR devices look extremely dorky and weird.
Palmer Luckey instantly became a meme and he is now all over 9GAG, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as the perfect representation of a geek. On the TIME cover he was featured on an idyllic beach having the time of his life with the help of his nifty gizmo, but since then, he has been edited into a wide range of scenarios as the ultimate dork.
This is one of the greatest problems that VR devices are facing at this point, because people cannot understand how the experience actually feels, since it is somewhat of a personal experience that people are bound to have a subjective view on.
And since the only attractive features of the device are included in what people feel when using it, it is quite difficult to sell, because advertising it is an excruciatingly complicated matter.
Unlike other trendy high tech devices, such as smartwatches, which provide people with a cool and sophisticated look while using them, all VR devices do the exact opposite and make users look like the stereotypical American dork.
An advertising specialist will eventually get a spark of genius and devise a way to make the VR devices look attractive, because it is clear that people are extremely curious about how it feels like to put the gizmo on your head and run off into the wonderland of your choice.
Unfortunately, the only thing that remains palpable to those who have not tried VR is how the entire process looks from the outside and this is by far its worst feature.
The one thing that people are incredibly curious about, but that only few actually admit, is how pornography will look and feel like with the VR gizmo. There has been quite a bit of buzz out there about how these devices will revolutionize the porn industry and this seems to have left everybody wondering.
It remains to be seen how the advertizing genii will be able to come up with a PG-13 version of an ad that makes people even more curious about this particular use of the VR device. But beyond any shadow of a doubt, VR is going to become a household name in the next few years, whether it is ever going to be associated with anything other than being geeky or not.
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