A man in Russia dying from playing VR had users share their “accidents” from using it.
Gaming technology has made quite a few leaps in the past few years. One of them is the development of Virtual Reality. Though this technology is comparatively new and still developing, VR systems like Vive and Occulus Rift have already hit the market. And they have gained a huge number of players.
But looks like it’s not very safe, unless proper precautions are taken. A man in Russia has died playing VR, reports a Russian news agency. Talk about being a diehard gamer ( I know, I shouldn’t speak mill of the dead, but it couldn’t resist). The 44-year old man’s body was found in his apartment in Moscow, the reports say.
“According to preliminary information, while moving around the apartment in virtual reality glasses, the man tripped and crashed into a glass table, suffered wounds and died on the spot from a loss of blood,” Yulia Ivanova said. She is the Senior Assistant to the Head of the Russian Investigative Committee’s Main Moscow Department. A source from the law enforcement revealed to Lenta.ru that medical examiner believes that the man would have survived had he not continued playing the game. The game in question is Star Wars’ VR game, but it has not yet been revealed which one.
Better safe than dead
This is the first death reported while playing VR. The news was spotted on a reddit forum. Many users have shared their own stories of accidents while playing VR.
A user GreyVR posted:
“This is very true. My first time I smashed a lightbulb.
Today I go to great lengths to make sure my VR area is as clear and safe as I can. Take precautions! Bruised knuckles… aren’t a big thing, but sheet glass where you can fall on is.”
So, take notes and clear the area around you before you put on your VR glasses. After all, we all have only one life.