This is part 2 of a series of speculative virtual reality projects. Illustrations by David Tracy. Also appears in The New Inquiry.
Figure 1: The family.
Figure 2: 3D scanning of the mother.
Figure 3: 3D scanning of the father.
Figure 4: The mother and father are captured in virtual space.
Figure 5: The user enters Oculus Oedipus.
Figure 6: “I’m really looking forward to this experience.”
Stage 1: Father
Figure 7: A conflict on the road.
Figure 8: The user murders the virtual father.
Figure 9: The user reflects on his experience thus far.
Stage 2: Sphinx
Figure 10: The riddle of the Sphinx.
Figure 11: The user offers a response.
Figure 12: The Sphinx is defeated.
Stage 3: Mother
Figure 13: The user seduces the virtual mother.
Figure 14: Consummation part one.
Figure 15: Consummation continues.
Figure 16: A more robust fantasy.
Figure 17: Climax
Figure 18: The user is permanently blinded. The experience is concluded.
Figure 19: The blinded user wanders the world.