From Beat Games:
Hi community! We have an Oculus Quest giveaway for you on Twitter! Join the contest and win this epic headset!
How to join?
1️⃣ Go on Twitter.
2️⃣ Share with us your “How Beat Saber changed my life” story.
3️⃣ Add hashtag #MySaberStory so we don’t miss your entry.
One lucky winner with the most powerful story gets an Oculus Quest and we have a Beat Saber hoodie ready for 2nd and 3rd place!
The contest ends on 18th of May 2019, 9AM.
Read the rules: http://beatsaber.com/quest-contest/
I thought it would be fun to write and share my story, so here it is!
Please share your own stories in the comments below!
The first time I tried VR was just hours after one of the worst days of my life. A few hours before that first magical moment when I put on an Oculus Rift, 12 of us were in the middle of the Ocean at 3 am in the morning, treading water, watching my brother’s brand new boat sink in the distance and praying that we’d make it through the night alive. I could still make out the faint lights barely flickering underwater and I remember the moment feeling more like a bad survival game than real life. With our lifejackets attached to each other to form a circle, the 12 of us began saying prayers and singing songs to break the deafening silence, only hoping… praying that the rescue helicopter would be able to find us in that pitch black night from our 911 call. This wasn’t a game, this was real life, and it was terrifying in a way movies or games can’t quite convey.
Thankfully, the helicopter did find us eventually in that dark, salty, swirling water below and we were each lifted up in a small bucket to safety. Hours later, in the safe nook that is my brother’s house, I was raw, numb and couldn’t sleep despite being utterly exhausted. I had just gone through an experience that I couldn’t shake. It was then while everyone in the house was asleep that I began looking around for distractions and stumbled upon my brother’s Oculus Rift. As I put it on, I remember being surprised and a bit blown away by a strong shift happening to my current state of mind. Instead of feeling empty and hollow like before, I was teleported to a new world in VR and my current nightmare seemed a bit farther away. THIS was powerful! I expected VR to be cool, but I hadn’t expected it to have the ability to alter my state of mind in such a drastic way like this. In the weeks that followed, I began saving up to buy an Oculus Rift. When I got one, the experiences were powerful, but often short and couldn’t consistently be played over again to have the same effects as with my first playthrough. It wasn’t until Beat Saber came out that my life really began to change.
Even without near-death experiences, my life has consisted of some unique challenges that I battle with every day. Looking back at the past year though, I can honestly say Beat Saber has been the most powerful “tool” I’ve ever found to help battle these challenges.
A little about me that I don’t share with a lot of people, I have something called Fibromyalgia. It’s a bit complicated, but at the end of the day, it means that I simply hurt all the time. The best analogy to compare it to is kinda like having the flu, except that achiness, exhaustion and desire to just lie down and hope for sleep never goes away. Because of the limitations I battle with, a strong dose of depression has come bundled with it.
The day Beat Saber came out, I immediately bought it. Being a musician and huge music lover, I already knew how music can be one of the most powerful things on this earth. Coupled with VR’s ability to “teleport you to a different place and state,” Beat Saber was and is non-other than purely magical. It allowed you not only to listen and visualize music in a new way, but also to be “in” the music — to be a “part” of music in a new way.
When you have “flu-like symptoms,” exercising isn’t exactly your first “activity choice” even though a moderate amount can be very helpful for Fibromyalgia — not only to increase physical health (reduce pain, etc.), but for mental health also. The first time I played Beat Saber, two hours went by like they were two minutes, I had an amazing workout, an incredible amount of fun and my state of mind was completely in a different place than it was before. This game somehow managed to combine the best aspects of VR with the best aspects and power of music and the results were a game changer!
Being an early access game, I remember being a bit nervous. On one hand, I had come across something truly powerful and effective, but on the other, the game’s limited initial content might not last long term for me. Could this be something that could be life changing long term? What if I grew tired of the content and the game would stop being as effective as it was? It was then that I began looking into modding the game. After getting an initial proof of concept working, I came across a couple of other people online that had done similar things. We gathered in Discord and formed what’s now known as the Beat Saber Modding Group (BSMG).
Our group started very small, but I immediately began work to change that, knowing that we’d need a lot of people working together to ever produce a steady stream of new content. Coming from a marketing background, I began laying out a plan to strategically market the BSMG like I would for any other business. Many of the strategies proved very successful. Today, we are nearing 200,000 members in the BSMG Discord (one of the largest Discords period) and are getting around half a million unique visitors on our websites (bsaber.com being the main one that I built as a platform to further strengthen and grow the community).
A year later, I am SO thankful. I am so thankful for the relationships that I’ve made while helping to serve the Beat Saber community. I’m so thankful for an outlet to channel creativity and use my skills to impact other people’s lives with something I’m passionate about. I’m so thankful for an effective way to workout and daily grow healthier that doesn’t leave me miserable and has had me stick to for over a year now (something no other workout plan has done). I’m so thankful for all the weight I’ve lost and how much healthier I feel. I’m so thankful for reduced amounts of pain each day. I’m so thankful for the chance to explore music the way Beat Saber has allowed me to and experience it in completely new ways. I’m so thankful for the people in our community that have impacted me and encouraged me on hard days of my journey. I wonder if that small handful of developers from Beat Games had any idea the impact they’d have on so many people’s lives when they first envisioned a game that let you slice blocks to music. That’s hard to imagine, but what isn’t hard to imagine is how my life and story will continue to never be the same from their hard work and creativity. For that, I’m forever thankful. Thank you Beat Games! And thank you amazing Beat Saber Community! ❤️