Curious to know what a near-death experience feels like, but without any traumatic event inducing it? Thanks to the wonders of virtual reality, you now can!
The Flatline Experience is a VR trip to the Other Side. Literally.
It’s not a “game” per se. Since I haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing it yet myself, I’m not quite sure what it is.
However, here’s some of the reviews from those who have done it that are posted on the Flatline Experience’s website:
“The experience does stick with you…There’s no game here. You’re not killing aliens, or driving a Porsche through the Alps, or even trying to cheat death. This is a thinking – dare I say it – quasi-spiritual ride.” – NPR (KPCC ‘The Frame’)
“It was mystical, amazing and deep. Once the experience was over I was profoundly affected.” – The Huffington Post
“…one of the most thought-provoking VR experiences I have seen so far. ” – VR Shop
Not To Be Confused with Flatliners the Movie
As far as I can tell, this virtual reality experience is not associated with either the “old” Flatliners movie from 1990 or the new one coming out in 2017.
But the subject matter is the same. The search to know what happens when you flatline. a.k.a. Die.
Is it scary? Comforting? Transcendent? Peaceful? What lies in that white light? Is there even a white light? If so, can you see into it or beyond it?
Does the Flatline Experience answer any of these questions or raise even more?
Flatline Experience Reactions from ScareLA
ScareLA goers might’ve seen –or if they were lucky, experienced– the Flatline Ambulance as part of the Flatline Experience’s official launch in August.
That’s right. They “welcomed” people into the back of an ambulance, laid them on a gurney, fitted them with a pair of VR goggles, and let them flatline.
Then they posted reactions on their site.
How to Experience the Flatline Experience
Here are the Virtual Reality Headsets you can use for the experience:
It’s also coming soon to PlayStation.VR and GearVR.
Don’t have a VR headset? If you happen to be in New York, stop by VR World NYC, “the largest virtual reality center on this side of the planet.” They have Flatline: Emergency Room.
Flatline the Series?
On VR World’s site, the description of Flatline Emergency Room starts out as: “With these series, you will experience an actual near-death experience or ‘Flatline’ in Virtual Reality…”
Does that mean we can expect other “installments,” so to speak?
I don’t know. It’s among the many questions I have about all of this, including: is it the same experience every time? Or is every flatline unique to the participant?
If you’ve done it, please let me know!
Flatline Experience Trailer