Cloudhead in Coombs leading the virtual reality world
June 17th 2015 at 09:43 AM

Written by: John Harding 
Published by: Parksville Qualicum Beach News 
Jun 16, 2015 

There was no way I was going to step over the edge of that cliff.

Neither was the Minister of Technology and Innovation, Amrik Virk.

It's difficult to describe how real the Coombs-based company Cloudhead Games has made virtual reality.

Star Trek fans might get a better idea what it's like from this description by Cloudhead Games president and creative director Denny Unger:

"It actually delivers on the promise of transporting you to another world," said Unger. "It tricks your senses into believing you're somewhere else. We call it the first generation holideck."

Here's what B.C. cabinet minister Virk said after he tried the technology:

"It was realistic — I was afraid to step one step further because it felt like I was going to fall off a cliff," said Virk, in the region last week for B.C. Liberal caucus meetings. "Under water a whale came up and I wanted to reach out and touch it and I wanted to duck as the fin came by."

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