Saturday, May 25, 2013

Oculus Birthday Gift FTW

May 25th, 2013
My oldest daughter's birthday was today. We've been talking about the Oculus since December when I ordered one. I knew based on the current shipping rates that we wouldn't get one until July. Like everyone, we have been dying to get our Oculus. She wants to do her honors project for next year on the Oculus and a location from Ready Player One. Every time a package comes to the door she asks if it is the Oculus and I have to tell her that it hasn't even shipped yet.

A few weeks ago Valve announced official support of the Oculus for Half Life 2. That was the tipping point for me. I wanted to work with her over the summer on her project and knowing Half Life 2 was out there pushed me to buy one off ebay. I snagged one for $600. I thought that was a pretty sweet deal.

It came earlier this week and we hid it from her. When her birthday rolled around today we had her open all her presents and then said "hmmm, I think we forgot something". I went to the mudroom and pulled out the final present. When she opened it and saw it was the Oculus she was genuinely shocked. This will probably be the best gift we ever give our kids. That was a lot of fun.

I will be posting journal entries here as we progress on the "Ready Player One" project.

Hmmm... what is this?

OMG! It is the Oculus!


  1. Why the hell are people calling it the fucking "Oculus"?! Oculus is the company, the device is the "Rift".

    1. By the way, she looks happy. Great parenting!

    2. Good point. I shouldn't be lazy. I will use Oculus Rift.