Devs create Oculus Rift guillotine simulator

Independent developers create virtual depiction of execution by decapitation during recent game jam.

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A group of developers have created a guillotine simulator using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. As demonstrated in the video below (via Kotaku), players bend over as if they were to be executed by decapitation as they watch a blade fall and their virtual head roll around on the ground.

The simulator was made in two days during the recent Exile Game Jam by Erkki Trummal, André Berlemont, and Morten Brunbjerg. It is not clear if the developers are shopping the demo around of if it was made simply as an exploration of the Oculus Rift technology.

The Oculus Rift is a 3D virtual reality headset, with screens for each eye offering large viewing angles. The headset's sensors support low-latency head tracking, allowing users to move their heads to actually look around the game's world with supposedly little in-game delay.

The headset was a runaway success on Kickstarter, rocketing past its original $250,000 funding target and ending last year with more than $2.4 million from 9,500 backers. Development kits are shipping now, though retail kits have not been dated yet.

For more, check out GameSpot's interview with Oculus designer Palmer Luckey.

Disunion - The guillotine simulator from André Berlemont on Vimeo.

Discussion

135 comments
DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

As silly as some say this is, I would honestly have never thought of this.

Mellowcow
Mellowcow

While they're wearing it, chop off their heads with a giant broadsword. The ultimate form of immersion!

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

This is a very creative way to do something interesting in just 48 hours.  I applaud the devs who thought that up.  Its a conversation piece if nothing else.

jyml8582
jyml8582

News flash: "Violent virtual simulations cut people's heads off."

Dumbasses in Washington: "We need to regulate violent virtual simulations to protect our children."

Reportards: "Research shows violent virtual simulations can induce violent suicidal emotions."

StephenSays
StephenSays

Open your eyes people.  This is another move to desensitize you from that fact that they will eventually reveal the real Guillotine.  They are preparing you to get your head chopped off. 

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Out of all the possibilities and THIS is what they come up with?  Break out the fart jokes...

LilithN
LilithN

Ah I'm excitedly waiting for the parents and politicans screaming murder when children are going to randomly decapacitate themselves due to playing with this game. Uh, what?

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

I wonder how the sex chambers would be like lol mmmmm... 

Falru
Falru

It's just a little VR experiment folks, no need to lose your heads.

CruiserCaptain
CruiserCaptain

Honestly, I think the rift being used to explore otherwise impossible things like this could be very interesting. Obviously not all ways to die. But just curious things we've never thought of. I think this creation is intelligent.

etacet
etacet

Catch 22.  It's boring if you don't look, but...

Citizen_King
Citizen_King

I heard it's really hard to win at this game

okassar
okassar

This has a practical use in AP European history classes lol

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

This reminds me of a guillotine reenactment I saw as a kid at the London Dungeon. It was mostly dark and when the blade came down they misted the audience with a quick spray of water--it freaked out my whole family. So if you ever want to really scare a friend with this tech demo, remember to have a squirt bottle ready.

williamssonoma
williamssonoma

Can you share what music was in closing credits?  Thanks!

williamssonoma
williamssonoma

Can you share what the music was in closing credits?  Thanks!

hadlee73
hadlee73

There's great potential in this device for an alien abduction game. "I never asked for the anal probe!"

SpacePirate6
SpacePirate6

I feel all the naysayers entirely missed the point of this video.  The fun behind it is the fact that it tricks your brain.  The guillotine is simply a creative device to make the wearer feel disembodied, which in turn really freaks these people in the video out.  It's just a surprisingly effective prank on the human brain.  If you understand it, it's easy to see why the folks in the video reacted the way they did, and I applaud them for having fun with it. 

DaniFoxhound
DaniFoxhound

now make french revolution,guillotine adventures.

freesoulvw
freesoulvw

im gonna buy this and use it to open up my own carnival booth,charge people $1 per "ride"   

#entertainment 

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Oculus Rift could force a new degree of realism into shooters that use it.

Since in a Rift game, your field of view is separate from where your gun is pointing, devs would have to program bullets to come out of your gun, not out of your face :P

ShakyMonkey
ShakyMonkey

If you want an idea of how immersed you can get in something, search YouTube for the virtual haircut. Put on headset, close eyes and enjoy :)

Dasim64
Dasim64

Actually them tapping the people on the back of the neck as it fell was pretty funny.

Dasim64
Dasim64

Would have been scarier to lay on your back and watch it come down. 

Commander_Snowy
Commander_Snowy

Pretty badass how they made this. Can't wait for this to be included in some more games!

SeAzhrei
SeAzhrei

And I can see Stephen Colbert's responses. lol Ah the entertainment value this may provide.

Saketume
Saketume

@SpacePirate6 Well at first I didn't see a point with it but now I'm thinking it would be fun at parties. Get random drunk people to try it out + film them and show everyone how silly they looked when drunk.

In fact forget the guillotine.

LilithN
LilithN

@Spartan_418 I just imagined bullets coming out of my face. The "PEW-PEW" sound effect made by your own mouth gets an entirely new meaning.

SpacePirate6
SpacePirate6

@Saketume @SpacePirate6 

But it has the potential to be so much more than that.  See, the concept of the video is to showcase the fact that their product has the power to influence your state of mind while playing games; that it can convince your brain that when you're running and jumping across rooftops in Mirror's Edge that you really are diving down and rolling  upon making contact to offset your body's impact.  You can look down and see how frighteningly high up you are, hundreds of feet above street level.  It's not exactly the VR we saw in cartoons, with a headset and a multidirectional treadmill to move around on, but the fact that it effectively plays these little tricks on your brain makes the games you play more immersive - if the game design lends itself to that sort of thing, anyway.  I get the impression that a whole lot of people think this guillotine demo is actually an app or something that they're going to try and sell you.  It is simply a tech demo to showcase the powerful and disorientating influence the Oculus Rift has to offer gamers looking for a little extra oomph to their game.  I think it holds a lot of promise.  Here's hoping for solid integration with solid games.  

LilithN
LilithN

@CruiserCaptain @CptJohnnyRico @Citizen_King  ROFL

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@SpacePirate6 @Saketume actually there is an omnidirectional treadmill being developed also. forgot what its called but theres a video of some kid playing team fortress 2 with it and the occulus rift on youtube.