VR Developer Builds VR Game Inside VR In Just 24 Hours
“Yo dawg, I heard you like VR games…”
A VR developer by the name of Quentin Valembois, aka Valem, is quickly becoming known for his experimental projects involving cutting-edge immersive technology. Whether it be turning his home into a location-based horror game or designing a VR sports experience using an actual bicycle, there appears to be no limit to this indie developers creative imagination.
That said, his most recent endeavor might be his most ambitious to date. Earlier this month, Valembois spent 24 hours in VR building an original game from the ground up using a unique combination of VR software and a whole lot lot of finesse.
In video posted to his main YouTube channel, the developer guides us through his experience developing a VR game for the Meta Quest 2 in 24 hours, detailing how and why the project came to life. According to Valembois, every step of the process, from conceptualization to coding, was done entirely in-headset.
He began by sketching out several ideas for potential game mechanics using the virtual whiteboard located in Horizon Workrooms, Meta’s VR co-working platform. Once he had a rough idea of the type of game he was going to make—a simplistic hang-glider simulator—he then switched to the 3D modeling app Shapes XR and began designing the in-game world.
From here it was a matter of trial and error as Valembois juggled both world design and coding. At one point he was even joined by a friend in VR who assisted him with some last-minute adjustments to the environmental design. In order to program the game while in VR, Valem returned to Horizon Workrooms where he was able to access his IRL computer while remaining in-headset.
One of the last steps was sound design, for which Valem turned to Virtuoso, a unique music-making app that lets you compose original songs using an assortment of digital instruments built from the ground-up for VR.
24 hours after beginning the ambitious project, Valem was left with a “finished” VR game complete with an interactive hand glider, multiple environmental elements, and an original soundtrack. The game, while simple, is a testament to what’s possible using modern day VR technology.
Those interested can download and play the game here. You can find a number of other unique projects from Valembois by visiting his YouTube channel. If you like what you see, you may want to consider supporting the creator by donating to his official Patreon.
Image Credit: Valem
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