Tales of the Rampant Coyote

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Virtual Unreality

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 16, 2017

It’s 1:15 in the morning. We’ve been at this for over 16 hours straight. Less than five hours before all this equipment has to get packed up to get loaded on the 9 AM truck bound for the conference center for the trade show. Each of us is praying that this time we won’t find any significant bugs. We’ve been saying that prayer for the last twelve hours already, and it hasn’t done us much good yet.

I pull off my Virtual Reality headset and look around. We’re all in the chilly warehouse wearing VR equipment and testing virtual worlds. And for a moment, I hear the young man I once was, half my age, who is just getting ready to start his career. I realize that this is the job he could only wish for, because this sort of thing was only science fiction back then. Then the moment is gone, but it was enough to remind me that as much as this sucks sometimes, it could be a lot worse.

I make the modifications to the scenario, tweaking the virtual world just a little bit to put the truck through a different routine, praying once again that everything will work correctly this time. I put the headset back on, venturing back to a world that convinces my brain that it is absolutely real. I’m back to work.

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