9/11 is one of the most sensible subjects out there and anybody who mocks this tragic event has some serious issues. Even more, over the time, we saw a lot of movies and documentaries about this event and, in most cases, people weren’t please with the outcome. The same happened recently, after a virtual 9/11 simulator was released.
This isn’t how VR should be used
Called by the developers a game, 8:46, as the 9/11 simulator is called, is a virtual reality experience, presenting the morning of the attack and the final moments. The name, 8:46, is the time when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed at about 466 mph into North Tower (1 WTC) of the World Trade Center, between floors 93 and 99. According to Digital Trends, you play the role of an office worker, by this having the chance to experience those horrific moments.
Thanks to the virtual reality, you feel like you’re exactly in the office, even though the graphics are far from being realistic.
Of course, every user will have a different reaction, but the developers were highly blamed for their idea of using virtual reality for depicting the tragic events. After all, there were many other ways of exploiting the advantages of virtual reality, but creating a 9/11 simulator is a bit too much.
Digital Trends states that the ‘game’ is a demonstration of what it might have been like to survive one of the most terrifying scenarios imaginable. Not even the idea of empathizing with those who experienced 9/11 can be considered.
Facebook should consider removing it!
The 9/11 simulator was released on the Oculus Share platform two months ago and it can be tried with a Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
Finally, the big question is why Facebook, the owner of Oculus, is still not considering removing 8:46 from the platform, after all the negative feedback received.
What are your thoughts on this? Would you be tempted to try it?