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The 10 most innovative VR experiences that you missed last year


Due to a lack of standard distribution methods, it's been easy to miss out on most of the new, interesting new virtual reality experiences that have launched over the last few years. Some are in one city only, others tour the world and more still are coming to Playstation VR and and the Oculus Rift. Luckily, the Advanced Imaging Society and the VR Society handed out 11 Lumiere Awards this week for 2016's Best VR experiences.

After scouring the winner lists, here are some of the year's game-changing experiences and where you can still try them.

The Void's "Ghostbusters VR Experience” was named the Best VR Film Experience and is still running in New York City. We visited this summer. 

Google Earth VR — Bringing the whole wide world to virtual reality

Google Earth VR received a Century Award for VR in service of environmental enrichment. Check out the project here.

Tilt Brush: Painting from a new perspective

Google also won Best VR Experience for Tilt Brush, a "room-scale" 3D painting app.

Making The Joshua Bell VR Experience

Best VR Music Experience went to Joshua Bell VR, a Sony Playstation VR produced "personal recital by award-winning violinist Joshua Bell".

Job Simulator - Office Worker Teaser - Owlchemy Labs

Best VR Game went to the mundane yet over-the-top Job Simulator from Owlchemy Labs. More on the HTC Vive game here.

In sports, Follow My Lead: The Story of the 2016 NBA Finals won Best VR Sports Experience for Oculus.

‘Dear Angelica’ Premieres at Sundance

Oculus' story studio also won for Best VR Animation Experience with Dear Angelica. It just premiered at Sundance.

The making of the Click Effect

Best VR Documentary went to The Click Effect by Sandy Smolan and James Nestor for the New York Times. 

Take Flight 360 VR | The New York Times

The New York Times also won Best Journalism Experience for Take Flight, starring Melissa McCarthy, Michael Fassbender, Kristen Wiig, Jacob Tremblay, Jason Mitchell, Rooney Mara, Mya Taylor, Benicio del Toro, Charlize Theron and Lily Tomlin.

Shinola | Luke Wilson Gives a 360 VR tour of Shinola's Detroit Factory

And last, a comedic entry from Luke Wilson won best VR Branded Experience. You can watch 360 Tour of the Shinola Factory by Reel FX right here.

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