A Spoonie’s Guide to VR
From increasing physical activity to alleviating social isolation, Virtual Reality can truly be a therapeutic tool for the chronically ill, disabled, or anyone who finds themselves homebound for any number of reasons.
SpoonieVR aims to be a resource for “Spoonies“, a.k.a. anyone living with health conditions which limit day-to-day functionality and energy levels. Virtual Reality is an excellent tool for social isolation relief and physical therapy, but it can be hard to decide whether or not to purchase a game based on reviews from healthier folks who may not appreciate how many “spoons” playing that game might take from us. On this site, you’ll find reviews, all written from a Spoonie’s perspective, with in-depth details on how the game impacted the reviewer’s health, including a “spoons” rating from 1-5 to give you a good idea of how energy-intensive the games or experiences may be.
SpoonieVR also advocates for increasing accessibility and inclusivity in VR. Our main goal on that front is to encourage developers to make VR fully accessible while lying horizontally, so that folks with severely limited mobility can also enjoy this virtual oasis. Most of our social outreach and activism is done via our Twitter account.
Who is SpoonieVR?
Currently, this site is run only by Sunny Ammerman, a.k.a., InsomniaDoodles, but I hope to welcome other contributors to join me in this mission! If you’re interested in getting involved, please click the “contact” button at the top of this page, or reach out via Twitter!
When I finally hit the “buy” button, my initial thought was “Did I really just drop $30 on a Tetris reboot?” I’ll admit I fully expected to have buyer’s remorse, but when I put on my VR headset and launched the game, I was blown away.
This post details how I calculate each of the ratings I issue while writing a review on this site. It also gives examples of how many “spoons” I would say some everyday activities cost me so you can have a general basis for comparison to your own spoons when considering my reviews.
The majority VR games require movement, and I know that can really whittle away at spoons fast. Throughout my time in VR, I’ve explored as many experiences and games as I could get my virtual hands on, and I thought it might be useful for my fellow spoonies to have a reference guide of reviews for each of the games I’ve tried, complete with a rating of 1-5 spoons indicating how much energy a game takes to play.
Share Your Story
Want to share how VR has impacted your life? We would love to share your story in an article or a short podcast interview! Just fill out the contact form below and someone will get back with you as soon as possible. Please keep in mind this site is run by a spoonie as well, so occasionally there may be a delay in response.
We welcome collaboration with developers!
Are you a VR content creator interested in collaborating with the Chronic Illness / Disability community to improve accessibility and inclusivity in your creations? Do you have a game, experience, or product that you would like SpoonieVR to review? Please reach out using this contact form!