PlayStation VR has received its first ‘creepy’ game – Summer Lesson. Available at launch, though only on the Japanese PS4 store, the game revolves around you helping secondary school student Hikari pass her exams.
That’s all well and good; granted. The thing is, the schoolgirl’s age is completely unknown throughout the entirety of the game, and alongside that she’s definitely what you’d call a stereotypical Japanese schoolgirl as represented by the fair amount of entertainment – ‘kawaii as fuck.’ It’s hard to explain, but you get where I’m coming from.
Apparently, the game holds some value in the way it’s an important lesson in interaction within virtual reality. Even the smallest moments of intimacy are said to feel extremely powerful, with the character you’re with seeming so close (via, WIRED).
The game doesn’t hold much though, saying that. The teaching itself involves looking through statistics and deciding which lesson will most benefit the most important of them – and you don’t actually see Hikari studying; rather, the screen fades to black.
This doesn’t change much over the course of the game, with the only exciting moments being those, as mentioned before, of slight intimacy. After a while, even these moments are said to feel boring and repetitive. Besides all that, there’s not much else to say. It’s a valuable insight into what the future of VR may hold for us, be it used effectively.
If you’re keen on trying out the game yourself, there are ways to access the Japanese store from any PS4 console.
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