The BBC has shown a great interesting in exploring the boundaries of virtual reality technology. In its latest creation, viewers can travel up the Congo River. This is another attempt at creating quality VR content which also serves an educational purpose first and foremost.
Another BBC VR Documentary
There is a growing need for better VR content. Whether it is movies, TV shows, documentaries, or anything that serves an entertainment purpose, it will be welcomed with open arms. The BBC is taking this idea to a new level in its latest VR experience. Users can travel throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo and move across the Congo River in virtual reality.
The options to explore in this experience are rather intriguing. Rather than just go up and down the Congo River, there is also an option to hunt with an ancient pygmy tribe or get up close and personal with gorillas. This experience is clearly designed to convey an educational message, which is always something to keep in mind. Virtual reality is an immersive medium, after all.
BBC Africa correspondent Alastair Leithead adds:
“We wanted to give audiences a sense of what the Democratic Republic of Congo is all about ahead of their elections. Rather than just doing the usual types of stories that people see, such as discussing war or Ebola, this is a journey where you explore the country – you get a sense of the history, of the huge resources it has, but also the poverty.”
It is the second BBC-created VR experience featuring Leithead. His first creation came in the form of a news documentary regarding the water politics of the river Nile. This further confirms there is some merit in exploring the virtual reality-oriented aspect of these excursions. It is another example of how the industry continues to grow and evolve despite a tough year sales-wise.
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