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Reviewed by Carol Thompson for Readers' Favorite
Sex, Drugs and Tessellation is a collection of articles and commentary from CyberEdge Journal. Virtual Reality actually got its start in the 1940s, according to Ben Delaney. The first HMD was demonstrated in the '60s and texture-mapped 3D graphics in the '80s. The first big Virtual Reality conference took place in 1990. The first immersive, multi-player games appeared in 1991. CyberEdge Journal was first published that same year. The author, Ben Delaney, covered virtual reality as editor of CyberEdge Journal when the technology was new. Now, in the 21st century, VR has been reborn, spurred on by Facebook's large investment in a HMD developer. Delaney said, "But I was surprised to see that many of the same questions and concerns, such as how to eliminate simulator sickness and the relative importance of realism versus interactivity, are being asked by the new generation of developers. I was surprised because these issues were covered in depth in CyberEdge Journal nearly 25 years ago."
One doesn't need to be a computer geek or developer to enjoy this book. The historical content is engaging, and it provides information about VR that is actually quite fascinating. The author is, without question, a talented writer and he explains the evolution of VR so that even someone completely computer and/or VR illiterate can understand it. I enjoyed this book tremendously. It's not a book that I would have sought out on my own, so I am pleased to have selected it for review. Delaney wrote a very poignant page explaining the end of CyberEdge Journal that really brought out the dedication and commitment he had. There are many nice images throughout the book, some that provided a real blast from the past.