Watch kids get tricked into believing real-world is VR game

The graphics are so real.

Published Thu, Oct 15 2015 10:32 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:03 PM CST

In a bid to break dependence on video games and get kids interested in the real-world around them, the U.S. Forest Service plays a trick that reminds us real life has amazing graphics.

Watch kids get tricked into believing real-world is VR game |

To achieve this feat, the initiative used faked VR headsets and told the kids they had a rare opportunity to test out the world's "most realistic game in development". The kids were naturally excited at the prospect of trying out a brand new immersive video game set in the brave new world of virtual reality.

The "game" is called "the forest", and sports full surround sound, high-def graphics and is fully immersive. The real magic happened once the kids took off the headsets and saw through the ruse, doing kid things like actually running around and playing. Our generation could learn something from this, and I'd love to see this kind of trick played on adults, who are absolutely glued to the smart devices that run their lives.

"A group of 8-9-year-olds test out the most realistic video game in development-- only to discover that nature itself was the game," says the video's YouTube description. "Most Americans live within 100 miles of a natural forest or grassland but believe that nature is inaccessible and are increasingly less likely to engage in the great outdoors."


Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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