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Use the Oculus Rift to live out your Seinfeld dreams

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Fans of TV sitcom Seinfeld, which ended its nine-season run in 1998, can now live out their show fantasy with a new Oculus Rift program that puts players in Jerry's shoes.

The Jerry's Place mod sets players in the Manhattan apartment of titular character Jerry Seinfeld and allows them to explore the space, everything from the kitchen to the couch recreated in virtual reality. According to creator Greg Miller, the mod took one month to build. Miller screen-capped episodes of the TV show in order to get reference shots of the angles he needed.

"I tried to be faithful to the shows original props and it's era, but some things were near impossible to Google," Miller wrote on his website. "I did a lot of research and tried to find images of the original products used in the show, and modeled around those dimensions, rather than relying solely on blurry screen shots.

"I found lots of good footage of the bathroom in the episode 'The Barber,' during the part that Newman enters Jerry's bathroom to find a hair sample," he explained. "I feel like the main room and the bathroom are very well created, however I could only find one screen shot of Jerry's bedroom, at the end of 'The Chicken Roaster.' I used a blurry screen grab to texture the painting above his bed, and was able to recreate the bed, sheets and nightstands accurately. Unfortunately, due to the dimensions of the apartment it seems like it would be impossible to actually fit the bedroom the way the show depicts it. It came out cramped, but I'm happy with it."

Miller writes that there are 11 references to different Seinfeld episodes scattered throughout the apartment and challenges users to find them.

Jerry's Place is available to download for Linux, Mac and Windows PC through Miller's website.