Virtual reality in Las Vegas

Published Jan 15, 2018 at 4:00pm

Each year Las Vegas hosts what’s considered the world’s largest consumer electronics convention. Officially, it’s called CES.

To most participants and visitors though, it’s known as the “gadget show.”

Electronics, televisions, robots and this year even cars with the latest computer developments are displayed, studied and critiqued for their usefulness and how much money they might make.

Among other special events in CES 2018 was a national virtual reality gaming competition. And why was it special?

Camden High School junior Nathan Norman raced to a second-place finish. That’s why.

He competed in the “Sprint Vector” virtual reality game in the Alienware VR Cup event. He received equipment and a trophy in the Las Vegas event after qualifying in a tournament at LAN Mob Gaming Center in Rome. Sponsors included Survios, maker of the “Spring Vector” game, and Oculus, Nvidia and Alienware.

Norman, 16, of Taberg said he was pleased with his performance in the game that involves a sci-fi themed race in virtual reality with competitors running, jumping and flying.

Congratulations to Norman for having the physical and mental skills to be a contender against tough players on the world-class stage of Las Vegas.