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The tech blogs are outdoing themselves to gush praise on Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s megabillions bet on virtual reality company Oculus Rift sample the excitement below from Gizmodo); but do disinfonaut skeptics have…





Our brains are being reprogrammed — literally. And not for the better, but droolingly bad. A “detriment to cognition, concentration, contemplation and psychological health,” causing “structural abnormalities in gray matter” to the…



Via Ars Technica A newly published patent from software giant Microsoft indicates that the company is looking at developing a new, immersive video game environment. The concept sounds similar to the holodeck…


tumblr_m3b6l07pHf1qjjis9o1_500Metropolis Magazine on artist Harun Farocki’s Immersion: a video exploration of the connection between virtual reality and the military:

Eighteen years after the first Gulf War, computer-generated game technology is not only employed on the battlefield, but also used for recruiting, training prior to combat zone deployment, and now psychological care for for troops suffering battlefield trauma upon their return. It is the beginning, the middle and the end of the violence of war.

Filming for Immersion took place at Fort Louis, near Seattle, during a demonstration for therapists of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy, which consists of subjecting traumatized soldiers to the conditions of war once again, in a virtual reality.



Jane McGonigal, in a recent article on Alternet, posits that gaming, and the camaraderie created by co-operative gaming has the potential to transform society: Tech futurist and game designer Jane [McGonigal] on…