WORLD CUP 2018

Play ST's penalty shoot-out VR game

Use a VR headset or viewer to get a fuller, more immersive experience in ST's Fifa World Cup penalty-kick challenge.
Use a VR headset or viewer to get a fuller, more immersive experience in ST's Fifa World Cup penalty-kick challenge.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM STRAITSTIMES.COM

There is now another way to root for your favourite World Cup team - a virtual reality (VR) penalty shoot-out challenge for football fans created by The Straits Times.

Readers can choose from the 32 countries competing at the month-long tournament and test their skills.

The game follows a knockout format. Participants start from a round of 32 and attempt to play their way to the final.

At the end of the game, readers will be able to see how they performed, compared with other players who picked the same team.

The project was the creation of Web developers Chee Wei Xian, Karisse Khoo and Kao Chih Hui, and infographics journalist Billy Ker. It took the team a month to design and develop the game.

It uses Web VR technology, which allows it to be viewed on desktops, smartphones and tablets, just like a regular Web page.

For a fuller, more immersive experience, readers can use a VR headset or viewer, such as a Google VR Cardboard.

In May last year, ST produced its first VR project, which transports viewers to a future where Singapore is submerged under water.

The project was a look at the possible long-term impact of climate change and rising sea levels in Singapore.

Four months later in September, The Straits Times launched a Smart Nation microsite in collaboration with GovTech.

The microsite included a game where users operate a drone over a virtual Singapore, to explore new technologies in the Republic's digitisation push.

• Try the penalty shootout challenge here: str.sg/WorldCupVR

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2018, with the headline 'Play ST's penalty shoot-out VR game'. Print Edition | Subscribe