4 Times Hollywood's VR Predictions Were Xtreme-ly Wrong | Xtreme Racing & Entertainment

The ability to explore vivid new computer-generated worlds, to travel to strange and exotic places instantly and safely through interactive simulations, has been the focus of many a science fiction writers' imagination for generations.

Unfortunately, they rarely got it right. 

Today's state-of-the-art free-roam VR (like the kind we have right here in Oklahoma) probably would have surprised these Hollywood screenwriters, but it would have been a pleasant surprise. Of all the VR predictions made, none of them were as fun as the reality!

Read on to see how Hollywood got Virtual Reality wrong in virtually every way:

1. TRON (1982)

This throwback is a perfect example of that retro fear of “cyberspace” …which we now know is more about sharing memes than say, defeating a digital dystopian regime. TRON got one thing right about the future of VR: the free-roam aspect, but the rest is pretty ridiculous. Fortunately, you don’t have to be blown apart into a thousand pixelated squares to log in, and you don’t have to dress like a neon Tour de France racer the whole time you’re playing either.

2. The Lawnmower Man (1992)

Ten years after TRON, and Hollywood hadn’t gotten much better at predicting the future of Virtual Reality gaming. Sure, at least in this one you don’t have to be literally downloaded into a program to play, but their idea of what VR would turn out to be is pretty far from today’s immersive action experience. For some reason, Virtual Reality gives the mentally disabled “lawnmower man” genius-level intelligence and destructive psychic powers, which is a pretty extreme (not Xtreme) side effect to expect from playing a video game. Turns out to get smarter, you might actually have to … ugh, read or something.

3. Hackers (1995)

Where to even begin with this one… It’s unclear if the writers of this film have ever touched a computer before, but that didn’t stop them from telling a story about “hackers” that battle Cookie Monster and Pac Man “viruses” with huge colorful Star Trek-like consoles and VR eyepieces. In this universe, hacking is somewhere between an outdated arcade game and a Virtual Reality flight simulator, implying that the original programmers for this military software spent a lot of their time and budget making “going into the code” look “radical” for reasons their superiors probably brought up at their court martial.

4. Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

1995 was apparently not a great year for VR predictions, because at the same time the “hackers” were flying their virtual algorithms (or… something?), Keanu Reeves was using Virtual Reality to browse the Internet in the least practical way imaginable. Set in the far-flung, difficult to imagine future of… uh, 2021… this film figured humanity would ditch the easy, straightforward browsers like Chrome or Firefox for a Virtual Reality system seemingly designed to induce motion sickness. Imagine if, to visit a website or even read this blog, you had to strap on a helmet first. You might think twice about posting that questionable Tweet if it was so much trouble, but that’d probably be the only benefit.

Hollywood may have been mostly wrong about Virtual Reality’s future, but that’s a good thing – because today’s state of the art VR gaming is so much better than any of these goofy movies could have imagined.

At Xtreme, the ultimate home of fun things to do in Tulsa, our free-roam VR experiences will blow your mind just as fast as they blow Hollywood’s predictions out of the water.

Survive the Zombie Apocalypse in “Zombie Survival” and “Outbreak Origins”, battle rogue robots in a mind-bending space station in “Singularity”, take on your friends on several alien planets in “Sol Raiders”, or just explore the gorgeously strange world of “Engineerium” with the whole family... no matter what experience you choose, it’s going to make these outdated predictions look supremely silly.

The future of VR is better than anyone could have imagined. Try it to believe it by booking your game here.