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Rappers saving dogs in virtual reality is your tummy rub for the day

Postcards from the edge

As spied today by Kotaku, there are rappers out there trying to save dogs from precarious perches high atop a skyscraper in virtual reality. You can say what you like about VR’s mainstream appeal if it’s in a rail shooter or futuristic sport. But strap on the goggles with just a hint you might fall, and then it gets real AF.

The best part of this video, by YouTube’s 88Rising, is how even a video game dog in jeopardy overcomes the natural fear of heights. Even though it’s a joke, even though they’re all in a green room, even though there’s no danger of falling, these guys are mission-focused.

I’ve twice rescued my cat (the same cat, btw) from a 40-foot perch up a tree, so this is almost a trigger warning for me (really) and anyone with a fear of heights. And yeah, there’s some bad language in it. But this video doesn’t show VR fooling human equilibrium as much as it shows a human instinct to give mercy to the small. That makes me feel good about myself. And you. And us. Together! And God dammit all, that‘s what we need going into a New Year, right?

Saint Jhn is reaching with everything inside him to save Lil’ DMX. And he does. Who’s a good boy?! Yes you are! Yes, you are.

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