This, That, or the Other: Gaming's immersive evolution

Andre Senior has your inside look at the evolution of gaming.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- We've come a long way from two-dimensional video games such as Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt & Sonic the Hedgehog.

But if you’ve been out of the video game scene for a while, then you might be surprised to see what’s available these days, which are no longer just for kids.

“It scans the whole area of the room that you’re playing in and you’re all set,” said Alan Frantes, Premium Retail Services.

He is describing the Oculus virtual reality home entertainment system that is on display at the Best Buy store on Independence Boulevard in Virginia Beach.

Unlike the two-dimensional video games of old, the Oculus blocks the outside world and tracks your movement inside a virtual box. When you turn your head or move your feet, the system sensors track your movement and you can see the response inside the game.

It is an experience that is akin to living in the real world in some ways, said Frantes.

“It’s sometimes a bit too real. Some people might have to tap out because of it.”

Before you head to the store to purchase the Oculus or similar virtual reality system, you should know that all the tools that make it work don’t necessarily come in one box.

"Probably in the last year, gaming as really taken off,” said Timothy Marshall, a representative for Hewlett-Packard.

You may need a powerful computer to operate a virtual reality game and Marshall says the system that they sell has been flying off store shelves.

“It’s kind of bizarre. Where’s technology going to take us next?”

Augmented Reality is being seen as that next way of gaming technology. In what can best be described as "hide and go seek," A.R. glasses can be worn to spot holographic images that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

There are various A.R. devices on the market right now such as the Microsoft HoloLens that can be used by interior decorators and gamers, which when worn allows the user to interact with screens and virtual objects.

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