Games are designed to make you feel an array of different things. Whether it’s the jubilation of scoring a last-minute goal or the fear instilled in you as you take on a fucking zombie. Some games can also turn you into a bag of nerves. Take Jenga, for example. Now imagine that you are playing the tabletop brick game in a situation where each time you manage to remove a piece, your fingers lengthen a little.
It’s a concept that someone invented and turned into reality. Well, virtual reality since the only way to get there while playing real Jenga would be for its creators to include gloves in an increasingly ridiculous range of sizes with each set of bricks. No, it’s much easier, and just as nerve-wracking, to go with VR when it comes to this project.
The video begins with a pair of normal-sized blue hands carefully removing a brick and gently placing it on top of the tower. Cut to a hand with slightly longer fingers, but still somewhat normal looking, becoming a little braver with the removal of their brick. This is the third move where things get really out of hand. A long blue finger similar to something you’d find on Jack Skellington’s Anatomy is shown pushing a brick out of the middle of the tower, only for hand number two to come smashing in from the right when it tries to remove it.
If you’ve ever played Jenga, you’ll know that nerves can get to you pretty quickly and the jolts will soon set in. In VR mode with long fingers, these jerks are accentuated with every turn. Even if you only shake a normal amount for a game of Jenga, your fingers will quickly grow so long that even the slightest shake will make removing a brick from a tottering tower of blocks an almost impossible task.
The comments under the post above testify to this. Just watching the video of others playing is nerve-wracking enough. In fact, grabbing a controller and getting involved will require nerves of steel. The game is also a reminder of how simple an entertaining VR game can be. Elsewhere in the growing world of VR gaming, Morrowind multiplayer is now available to play in virtual reality to celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary.
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