I actually look forward to VR for my other senses, including smell. Would I want it for every game? Oh lord no. But walking through a VR rose field losses a lot depth when you can't smell them. Imagine smelling the ozone of a blaster battle, walking through a corridor and catching a whiff of the Alien since it walked by unseen and unheard 1 minute earlier, I could list off a lot of games that would benefit from this device.
Just the thought of smelling rotting corpses from one of these games makes me want to upchuck. I've opened a bag of beef jerky once where the meat spoiled; the smell was so bad that I'll never be able to get it out of my mind.
Why couldn't they put this to good use? Like Disney does with smells. You walk through main street and they are pumping fresh cookie scents into the air. You go into other areas and they use different scents. It is brilliant and it really works. Could you imagine a FF game in VR where you walk into an open field and you can smell the grass and flowers. You go into a town and you can smell the bakery or brewery. A special character walks buy and gives off a sent of something interesting. The potential is amazing, but instead of showcasing what could be they instead choose south park (WTF!) Whoever had that bright idea needs to be fired and banned from the business forever.
To clarify for the incredulous: Although this whole thing was put together as stunt for the South Park game, it's totally real. They *actually* did this.
What future applications there are for scents in games...who knows. But you could consider this a proof of concept, if nothing else.
I actually hope "game smells" takes off solely because in the annals of history, we'll all have to point to this horrid thing as the first instance of it working. That's long-term trolling by Ubisoft. Well played.
Why would they debut such a device with fart smells??
It sounds exactly like something they'd do on a Southpark TV episode. I guess it makes sense to try the same for a Southpark game. The funny thing is that I bet there are enough people that are that big into Southpark that they would buy this... lol