The Leviathan Project
Adapted from Scott Westerfeld's alt-history book series, Leviathan Project is the end product of three years of development by USC's World Building Media Lab. In its current stage, The Leviathan Project is like a VR Bioshock. Dropped into a steampunk laboratory that's situated atop a flying space whale (obviously), players pick up vials, pull levers, and turn knobs to solve a simple puzzle. Not using a joystick, but literally; each object is represented in the virtual world by a prop in the real world, like a movie set built just for the game. While totally impractical for home use -- unless "VR playroom" becomes the new "man cave" -- this immersive experience would work well as an added value to movie-goers, and theaters should dedicate space to VR as another way to lure customers to the multiplex.