Other VR simulations
Star trek: the Next GENERATION
The holodeck was designed to give the Enterprise- D crew a break from life on their very beige ship – and clearly not as an excuse to put them in Sherwood Forest or ’ 40s America for a bit of a change. Whoever was responsible for health and safety protocols should have been fired.
In the excellent “Back To Reality” it turned out that everything Rimmer, Lister, Kryten and the Cat had done in the show was part of total immersion videogame Red Dwarf. Unfortunately they weren’t very good at living their own lives ( score: 4%), so it was something of a relief when they learned it was just a squid- induced hallucination.
The Battlestar Galactica prequel gave its residents the chance to get away from it all by using holobands to hang out in V- Space. This digital replica of the real world allowed you to live out your wildest fantasies – even if your physical body had passed away. What could possibly go wrong…?
If solving the world’s energy problems was as simple as strapping the human race up to a giant power grid, we’d probably have tried it by now – so you can’t help thinking the machines that overthrew us made their existence harder than it needed to be by constructing an entire virtual world to keep our minds occupied.