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Have You Watched... Old Friend?

Go on, have a wiggle

Old Friend is, in a word, wonderful. It's a VR music video that I can guarantee will turn you into a happier person. At least for five minutes.

With the possible exception of puppies, nothing in this universe is as playful as Old Friend. It's a kaleidoscopic marvel, a portal into a world where life's only purpose is to dance. I have watched it five times.

The first time, I just stood there. Maybe my arms waggled a little, but I was so enraptured by my entourage's cavorting that I didn't think to join in. A dozen naked figures surrounded me, each of them marching to the beat of their po-faced leader's drum. The seriousness that singer brings to proceedings is profound, his intensity alarmingly appropriate. It's the best juxtaposition in video games. In Art, even.

On my second go, I realised I could give him a tickle.

I'm in two minds about whether to actually show it to you, because if you don't watch in VR the first time round then you'll be robbing yourself of joy. Be warned: it might turn something magical into mere amusement. The flat-o-version still put a grin on my face, though, so if you really don't think you're going to have access to cyber goggles in the next 5 years... knock yourself out.

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Matt Cox

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Once the leader of Rock Paper Shotgun's Youth Contingent, Matt is an expert in multiplayer games, deckbuilders and battle royales. He occasionally pops back into the Treehouse to write some news for us from time to time, but he mostly spends his days teaching small children how to speak different languages in warmer climates.