Posted March 31, 2019 07:50:03The kids that play in your living room, in your room, and even in the basement are a lot like the adults, except they’re more of a kid than an adult.
They’re more innocent than they are mature, and they’re not quite as likely to be a parent or a parent figure.
But in the best-case scenario, they’re still kids.
We talked to VR developer Jagged Alliance creator and publisher John Carmack about the best VR kids to watch.
“When I think about the kinds of people who are interested in virtual reality, it’s mostly kids,” he said.
“I mean, I’ve had kids who are totally into the medium.
They just like to see stuff.
And I think the way that they interact with the content is a lot more fun, which is something that’s really appealing to me as a kid, and I think it’s appealing to all of us.
And the way I look at it is, kids can really enjoy the stuff they see.
They can just really enjoy it.”
While it’s impossible to know how many kids actually gravitate towards VR, Carmack says he’s noticed a steady increase in VR kids, particularly in the last few years.
“It’s been kind of interesting because it seems like people who grew up in the ’90s or the ’00s have just sort of taken a different approach to VR.
They’ve been interested in it from a very young age, and there are a number of different ways that people are interested, from casual gamers, to people who work in technology, to professionals who have more formal jobs,” he told us.
“A lot of them are more into it now, because it’s more immersive, it has a different feel to it.
So I think that’s one of the things that I think is driving the growth in that segment of kids who like to interact with it.”
So which VR kids are your favorite to watch?
Carmack explained that while he’s interested in watching kids with a lot of skill, he’s also looking to watch kids who can “just play.”
That’s a big caveat: “We can’t make games for everyone,” he stressed.
“We just don’t have that luxury to make it a game that everyone can just jump into.
We have to make games that can be enjoyed by kids who just want to be able to be immersed in it, and to be creative, and just to just be able just to be entertained.”
While we’re certainly hoping to see more games that are geared toward children, Carmacks says it’s “always tough” when it comes to making a VR game for kids, because the content tends to have to be bigger.
“So we have to think of the story and how to tell it in a way that we don’t lose the immersion that we’re trying to achieve with the gameplay, and so that’s always a challenge,” he explained.
“You know, there’s a lot to be said for doing it in such a way where you’re not just telling a story but actually doing something.”
Of course, as a creator and a parent, you can probably imagine the difficulties involved in creating a game for children.
“For us, we’re not trying to make a game where there’s any one kind of experience,” Carmack said.
Instead, “We want to do it where it’s just one way of having a kid interacting with the world.”
“If we do have one experience that is really the one experience, and that’s kind of the main thing, we want to make that really enjoyable, and we want it to be really clear.
We want to know what the kid’s doing.
We don’t want to go in and say, ‘Okay, this is a VR experience.’
But while the majority of kids are enjoying the immersive experience, Carmacacks also said he’s found that many of them actually like to have more fun. “
If you can make that one experience for the whole family, that’s pretty good.”
But while the majority of kids are enjoying the immersive experience, Carmacacks also said he’s found that many of them actually like to have more fun.
“Some of them really love the stuff,” he admitted.
“And they like having a good time with it, but they also like being entertained, too.
That’s kind, like, the fun of the experience.”