I’ve got two Oculus Rift demos to share with you today; both funny in their own regard. First is City Quest, a 2D point-and-click adventure which may embody the most pointless use of virtual reality yet. Then there’s TATS, better known as Totally Accurate Toilet Simulator, which could benefit from a scent simulator — for immersion, if not pleasure.

City Quest on the Oculus Rift

City Quest is a 2D point-and-click adventure game which recently finished a successful Kickstarter. The developers apparently ordered an Oculus Rift dev kit and were quite excited to make use of it. But how to adapt it to a 2D game? Why not make a virtual room where you sit in front of a virtual computer and play the game? Useless? Yes. Awesome? Also yes.

For those of you with a Rift, you can download the City Quest Oculus Rift demo here (see links on the right for PC and Mac versions).

“No, seriously. We’re going to support the Rift. Stop laughing, I’m not joking you guys. I (Ryan) ordered a Rift in the Kickstarter back in August, and I’ve been crazy excited to play with it. I didn’t think there was a good way to support the Rift in City Quest until Jon said simply: “Why don’t we just make a virtual computer in a 3D basement?” (or something to that effect), and we fell in love with the stupid, ridiculous idea of using cutting edge technology to simulate low technology,” read an update on the City Quest Kickstarter.

The text on the computer screen can be hard to read, but the virtual room around you turns out to be quite immersive. Behind you is a set of stairs that just feel like they could be walked up. There’s something about the posters on the wall and the Star Wars bed cover that makes the place feel real.

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When demoing the Rift I almost always start with this demo to give people a first taste of presence in a virtual space, before having them move on to something more complicated like walking around in Tuscany (or more sickening like riding the Rift Coaster).

Totally Accurate Toilet Simulator (aka TATS) on the Oculus Rift

The second demo is TATS, an immature and somehow entertaining game which, according to the developers was “Originally created for the fuckthisjam gamejam in November 2012,” and is “an atmospheric game that totally accurately simulates the experience of sitting on a toilet.” Here’s a demo of this exciting game in action:

You can try out TATS in the Oculus Rift or on a normal computer for yourself, download it here.

Who is brave enough to rig TATS up to something like the Scent Simulator for a fully immersive virtual reality bathrooming experience?

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Ben is the world's most senior professional analyst solely dedicated to the XR industry, having founded Road to VR in 2011—a year before the Oculus Kickstarter sparked a resurgence that led to the modern XR landscape. He has authored more than 3,000 articles chronicling the evolution of the XR industry over more than a decade. With that unique perspective, Ben has been consistently recognized as one of the most influential voices in XR, giving keynotes and joining panel and podcast discussions at key industry events. He is a self-described "journalist and analyst, not evangelist."
  • JimmyFraska

    I am surprised nothing has been posted about the ARAIG haptic feedback suit. It definitely looks like it’d be a great peripheral to use with the rift and/or omni.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/141790329/araig-as-real-as-it-gets?ref=live

    • Ben Lang

      You’re right, it’s on our list : )

  • Benny C

    Both amsuing, just tried the toliet sim with a buttkicker on for the lolz

    • Ben Lang

      Did you attach it directly under your seat? : P

  • Maria White

    In fact, I want to clean up this garbage as soon as possible. I’m even ready to call rubbishwaste in order for them to take out this garbage for recycling. I didn’t mean to offend anyone.