World Cup: Test your penalty shoot-out skills in ST's virtual reality game

The Straits Times has created a virtual reality penalty shoot-out challenge for football fans.
The Straits Times has created a virtual reality penalty shoot-out challenge for football fans.PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - There is now another way to root for your favourite team at the World Cup: in virtual reality.

The Straits Times has created a virtual reality (VR) penalty shoot-out challenge for football fans.

Readers can choose from the 32 countries that are playing at the 2018 Fifa World Cup, and test their skills.

In the first round of 32 match, readers will be up against the actual teams from the World Cup group draws. If successful, readers can then progress on to the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals.

At the end of the game, readers will be able to see how they performed compared to others of the same team.

The VR game is set in Russia, where the World Cup is being held until July 15.

Readers can try it out here: str.sg/WorldCupVR.

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 webpage.

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, ST launched a Smart Nation microsite in collaboration with GovTech. The microsite included a game where users operate a drone over an virtual Singapore, to explore new technologies in the Republic's digitisation push.