Sliming virtual associates at Vidcon.
Happening its eighth 12 months, VidCon brings tens of hundreds of screaming followers along with their favourite video content material creators. With manufacturers like Fb, YouTube, and Taco Bell going all out to be related with this subsequent era of media shoppers, it was no shock to see VR additionally entrance and center.
With all of the VR experiences we commonly come throughout at conferences, there’s at all times a very good probability immersive know-how is simply getting used as a advertising gimmick. However within the case of Nickelodeon, making a related social experience that screamed the Nickelodeon model, all whereas staying enjoyable, is what matter for this youngsters targeted media firm.
Debuting for the primary time at Vidcon, Nickelodeon invited attendees to leap into one in every of six networked Oculus Rift headsets and enter the world of SlimeZone in VR. Whether or not experiencing with a bunch of associates or taking part in solo with strangers, SlimeZone VR drops you into an animated Nickelodeon world the place you’ll be able to play games, watch cartoons, create artwork, and even slime others.
Irrespective of your age, there was one thing delightfully amusing about the entire experience. You navigate by teleporting round to every room, consistently bumping into acquainted Nickelodeon avatars powered by the opposite users taking part in subsequent to you. With most of the users being kids, the anticipated slime gun to the face and banana throwing with evil laughter was not stunning.
Inside this SlimeZone VR open world, there was a special exercise so that you can experience. A taking pictures gallery had you blasting cartoonish paper targets, a movie show allow you to load up unique cartoons, and a full basketball courtroom had you seize outsized basketballs and fireplace them right into a hoop. There was even an artwork room that allow you to choose up virtual markers to color in air. It was like a extra kid-friendly model of Tilt Brush.
There was even an opportunity for folks to take part from the sidelines on a traditional upright arcade machine transformed into an in-game spectator digicam. Switching from room to room, you possibly can watch all six gamers and mash a button to fireside objects at gamers in sport.
Your complete experience felt near being at recess in elementary college—no guidelines and something goes chaos. And that’s the purpose, as a result of the best a part of SlimeZone is just not that you would be able to shoot slime. Nevertheless it’s that you would be able to shoot inexperienced goo in your good friend’s face and all chortle about it collectively.
SlimeZone VR was developed by Nickelodeon’s inside Leisure Lab that’s spearheading long-range analysis and development efforts round new applied sciences for Nick and its viewers. A few of the areas Nickelodeon is at the moment engaged on embrace real-time rendering, virtual cinema, virtual reality, augmented and blended reality and synthetic intelligence. Talking with Chris Younger who leads the Nickelodeon Leisure Lab, there are at the moment no plans on the place SlimeZone VR will likely be demoed subsequent, however that is only the start of what Nickelodeon has deliberate for followers in VR.