Arkwood was crying again. ‘What are the tears for this time?’ I asked.
‘I yearn for my childhood, the long happy days playing computer games in my underpants.’
No problem, I told him. ‘I will help you relive those heady mornings that stretched into the afternoon, when the shower and daylight exercise were substituted for toast and square eyes.’
I opened a C++ Microsoft Visual Studio application (with OpenGL graphics library and the Oculus SDK for Windows) and added a retro computer game to a TV set in my virtual world.
Shining a point light on a brick wall in my VR world, it has the flat sheen of a vinyl kitchen floor. Where are the bumps, the cracks, sunken cement strips, chipped corners and dark pits on the bricks? Give me my nooks and crannies!