He recounts his experience on Foreign Policy: the things he wasn’t allowed to talk about (religion), how he took to being called Harry Potter (apparently he gets that a lot), and a couple of racy jokes he said (which the Chinese girl didn’t get at first).
In the end, he left the stage hand-in-hand with a young Shanghainese party member called Ai Xuanzheng.
In the trailer below, the couples can be seen awkwardly getting used to the VR headsets and haptic gear as they walk, talk and dance in virtual worlds.
The scenes are plenty different than your average coffee shop, bar or romantic helicopter ride.
The couple spoke to Inside Edition Tuesday following the episode."We are not the first couple who has had a bumpy road between the engagement [and] now," Viall said while defending his choice.
(One scene in the trailer shows the Abominable Snowman embracing Bigfoot.) According to Condé Nast, the series was designed with technology from Pomp&Clout and Superbright to create “lifelike human representations and realistic, yet fictional, environments.” The idea of VR dating is something that has started to breach pop culture.
It’s a theme in Ernest Cline’s sci-fi novel Ready Player One, which will become its own feature film directed by Steven Spielberg next year.
It’s also bound to become more of a question as Facebook’s own Spaces VR social platform gains traction and headsets become cheaper and more ubiquitous, allowing friends to create avatars of themselves for virtual worlds and 360-degree videos.
“You can’t hide behind words or an outfit,” he said, according to . There was a chemistry that I don’t think would have been created sitting across from each other at a table and just talking.
“Back in the good old days, three quarters of people met their partners on a dance floor. I want to bring a bit of old-fashioned romance back to dating — the magic that can be created without a word being spoken.” With any luck, this show will make its way to the US airwaves, because it sounds like something that has to be seen to be believed.