Sunday August 23, 2015

Unraveling The Enigma Of Nintendo’s Virtual Boy, 20 Years Later

The Virtual Boy is just one of those things from my childhood that seems seared into my memory. Was it because of the endless games of Mario Tennis, or the endless vision-related headaches? Anyway, check out this article for some insight into the infamous console, from its Reflection Tech technology to its fax machine spin-offs, and what it meant to inventor Gunpei Yokoi and then president Hiroshi Yamauchi.

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The system was conceived during a period of fascination with VR and was originally intended to be a headset, akin to a proto-Oculus Rift. But 1995 technology was not up to the job of generating immersive worlds. As a result, the console has often been the recipient of unfettered scorn from fans and critics alike. With no defense coming from Nintendo, who swept it under the rug long ago, the Virtual Boy has become video game history's favorite whipping boy.

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