It was only a matter of time…
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past week, odds are you’ve heard about the now-infamous confrontation between comedian Chris Rock and actor Will Smith during the 2022 Academy Awards. We won’t go into the details here—we’ll leave that to the dozens of publications that have already covered the incident in great detail. That said Smith’s episode has already become an internet sensation, resulting in an incalculable number of comedic parodies.
So it was only a matter of time until the infamous event made its way to VR. Last week MVR, a YouTuber specializing in 360-degree video content, released a new video on their channel that lets you relive this historic moment from the perspective of Chris Rock.
The video begins with the joke that triggered Smith’s reaction, at which point a 3D model of Smith walks onstage and delivers a powerful blow across your face. Even in 360-degree 3DoF, it’s a pretty jarring moment, one made even better thanks to real audio taken from the event.
Earlier today, MVR followed up with yet another 360-degree video depicting the incident, this time from the perspective of Smith. As hard as it is to believe, this version is somehow even more awkward, especially when Smith returns to his seat and begins screaming obscenities at Rock. Whatever your opinion of the event, I think we can all agree that this is what VR technology was made for.
Those looking for more humorous 360-degree content would do well to check out the rest of MVR’s channel. The creator has a number of hilarious 360-degree videos touching on everything from Harry Potter and Attack on Titan to Halo and Squid Game just to name a few.
Image Credit: MVR via YouTube