Daryle here. My time with VR Giant has come to an end. Actually, it came to an end a while ago. But fret not if you’re one of the few regulars who enjoyed my content here, I have only moved places. You can now find me at Dads And Dragons.com where I will still be reviewing virtual reality games among other things. My time with VR Giant, especially at the height of its popularity, was one of the most amazing periods of my life. After 20 years of looking forward to virtual reality I somehow wound up with a website where I got to write about it and managed to snag a satisfying chunk of audience. I was able to foster relationships with game developers, other folks in the VR media, people at Oculus and far more VR users than I likely ever would have without a website. This is where I feel like I should thank the people who made it possible. That would be you, the reader. I’ve had lots of blogs in my time that no one was reading. Having an audience makes it a totally different beast. A better beast. The kind of beast you can get excited about. When you hear people say they couldn’t have done it without you, turns out they actually mean it. Well, I do anyway. They might be lying to your face. There are others who I would like to thank, but they don’t much care for the spotlight so I will just say thank you and they will know who they are.
I suppose you are asking, if you like it so much, why are you leaving? And if you weren’t before, maybe you are now that I’ve suggested it. There are a couple of reasons. One, when I started VR Giant, there weren’t a lot of other people doing it. The only ones that I knew about were Upload VR, The Road to VR and VR Focus, and they were more about news than reviews. If there were others I didn’t know about them. Over time the field became a bit crowded. Two, and this is the big one, when I started VR Giant, VR wasn’t a thing yet. I mean, obviously it was or else I couldn’t have written about it, but there was no Vive, there was no Rift and, unless I’m remembering incorrectly, there wasn’t even a consumer version of the Gear VR. So it was exciting to be at the forefront of this emerging tech in whatever small way I could be. But pre-orders for Rift went live 13 months ago today (as of this writing obviously.) Don’t get the wrong idea, I still love VR, but I love other things too, and I want to write about them. Other kinds of video games, books and movies that I love, board games, game development. These things are all passions of mine that I’d like to cover on my site but the VR in VR Giant always made me think that it didn’t fit.
So why Dads and Dragons? The real, honest answer is, because all of the other domains I could think of were taken. I started Dads And Dragons with my long time friend (and later brother-in-law) Nathan, and we knew that we wanted to get the idea across that the site was a place to geek out and after trying something like ten different domains he came up with Dads and Dragons which, in case it isn’t apparent, is a play on Dungeons and Dragons, a game that he was quite fond of but which I never really acquired a taste for. Being that we are both dads now it seemed fitting.
Dads And Dragons is a “for purpose” company. Like Newman’s Own as Nathan is fond of saying. He operates under the belief that Newman’s Own is very popular, like Pepsi or something. I think they make salad dressing. Anyway, the point is, we are like a non-profit in that we donate most or all of our profits to charities or other causes. The difference is we pay taxes and don’t have a board. So it would be really cool if you came by and checked us out. We’re a bit bare bones at the moment as we’re just getting started and our focus has been on organizing a festival, but when we are up to full power we really hope it will become an awesome community of people who really like awesome stuff. In case you forgot, that’s Dads And Dragons.com.
Thanks for everything! VR Giant out.