I had a chance to catch up with Reverend Kyle of the Rev VR podcast at the end of day one of SVVRCon, which is right before the Ubercast and his interview with Palmer Luckey.
We talk about everything from being a VR personality, his favorite VR experiences, Social VR, adding value and being topical & fostering community. He also talks about the importance of VR social experiences for coping with living in the midwest where there’s not a thriving tech scene.
More details about the discussion are below.
Reddit discussion here.
- 0:00 – Intro & how he got started into Virtual Reality. Got it in June. Had heard an earlier podcast, but it had stopped. Did a couple and got a good response. Eventually joined the Road to VR team.
- 1:16 – What’s your intention with the podcast? Fill in the gaps between news from the VR HMD manufacturers. Also to give developers a voice. Wants to do episode 500 eventually. There’s no formal marketing for VR, and there’s room for personalities to get involved.
- 2:55 – Most compelling VR experience? Played Time Rifters for 2.5 hours. Riftmax Theater and VR Chat. Karaoke night.
- 4:00 – Social aspects of VR chat and body language. Not meant to replace face-to-face, but there’s enough body language to feel presence with other people.
- 5:13 – Being located in Cincinnati, OH. Struggle with the lack of tech scene there. Virtual meet-ups provide opportunities to connect with other VR geeks.
- 6:34 – Impressions of the SVVRCon exhibit floor – DK2. Sony Morpheus. InfinAdeck. In VR Overload.
- 7:34 – Working with the Hydra. Looking for next level of VR input controller with the STEM.
- 8:17 – Rev VR podcast guests that stuck out? Taylor Roach and Karaoke host who is 17 years old. Cast AR. Tactical Haptics. Post-Facebook acquisition discussion.
- 10:04 – Participating in the Oculus subreddit and adding value to the VR community, and working together as a community to help make VR happen. Be active and topical.
- 11:47 – SVVRCon and the future of VR. About networking and meeting for face-to-face for the first time. Lots of community feelings. A giant VR love-in.
Theme music: “Fatality” by Tigoolio