“We tried to replicate the environment so that when the kids take off the headset, they’ve learned what it was like, they’ve learned what the veterans experienced,” said Peter Boyle, Valour Canada’s president.“They’re able to better understand why we go to war and why we don’t go to war. They learn about the Canadian values we stand up for.” Though Lethbridge has been on the map for a while with VR gaming and college programs, this experience is something a little different.
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“This is not a video game. The objective is not to gamify this,” Boyle said.
The Biggest Concerns. Despite the positives, there are some concerns about virtual reality. For example, some critics point out health and safety issues. If the technology is not used properly, users might suffer from health issues like seizures and other major discomfort. Some people could also trip and fall. There are also major privacy concerns with virtual reality. Some people fear that the headsets could lead to government surveillance, although there is no proof of that as of yet.
“The object is to teach the history. You’re listening to veterans tell their stories, you’re listening to diary entries, you’re staying on the physical beaches. It’s not violent, it’s not gory, but it’s a better look at what they experienced.”
The exhibit is on until Dec. 11, 2019.
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