Terrible Time VR cover photo inspires hilarious photoshops

10 Aug 2015

What happened, Time? You’re usually great with the cover photos, but for some reason you let through one of the cheesiest photos of someone wearing a virtual reality (VR) headset imaginable. But boy, the photoshops are funny.

We all thought the days of VR being seen as a weird, futuristic technology that would allow us to travel through blocky Tron-like worlds were behind us.

We’ve been teased with developer kits for the Oculus Rift, HTC have its equally cool-looking Vive coming out soon as well and it looks like we’re in for a pretty cool VR trip.

And yet, in 2015, a magazine cover can be released that sets the media’s perception of VR back a decade, as we have now seen with the recent Time VR cover photo.

Incredibly, the creator of the Oculus Rift Palmer Luckey decided it would be a good idea to leap in the air while wearing his VR headset against the backdrop of a beach.

Frankly, it’s cheesy and doesn’t do the image of VR much good when the industry has been spending so much time trying to make the technology appear more in-tune with reality, not just the virtual one.

This is the original cover that sparked the controversy.

Time VR cover image

And then the internet did what it does best and created a tonne of photoshops making fun of the cover, each as enjoyable as the last.

And my personal favourite from TechCrunch.

Time VR cover cyberspace gif

Man wearing VR headset image via Shutterstock

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic