Man Proposes to Girlfriend in Virtual Reality Demo
Proposing to your significant other is a wonderfully special event, something that will lead to the best days of your lives. But how does one go about asking one of the most important questions they will ever have to ask?
Some like to throw it out there as if asking the other if they would like a cup of tea.
Some like the classic route: fancy dinner for two, candlelight, etc.
And others like to make it a little different, something unique that can be remembered and retold as an amusing and happy anecdote for the rest of their lives.
Chandler Murch definitely falls into this last category.
Chandler is an employee of game development company Valve Software Corporation, creators of such games as Portal and Half-Life (perhaps you have heard of them…?).
Because of where he works, it’s safe to assume that Chandler would have access to some of Valve’s most exciting new toys. And last week, he jumped at the chance to take advantage of a demo and make a wonderful memory for himself and his girlfriend, Kelly Tortorice.
Kelly was at the Valve offices trying out the company’s new virtual reality hardware made in conjunction with HTC, the HTC Vive.
She set the scene for the day’s events on Facebook: “So there I was, typical day…on a sunken ship deck; fixing robots; painting three-dimensional fire … and then suddenly, a virtual engagement ring started floating my way.”
As she explored the virtual world that was unveiling in front of her eyes, Chandler was walking towards her in the real world, holding a trackable HTV Vive wand controller.
Chandler asked his then-girlfriend to remove her headset and there he was: knelt on one knee with a real-life version of the ring displayed in its box.
And she said… Yes!
Some people have suggested that the proposal was simply a publicity stunt for the HTC Vive, which is due for release at the end of the year.
Whether or not this is true, the engagement is real, a “hilarious and fun surprise” that Kelly happily boasted about on Facebook.
But if you have been reading this more for information about the virtual reality tech than this cute and quite geeky marriage proposal, you can find out more about the HTC Vive here.