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‘Zero Days VR’ Lets Users Embody a Destructive Computer Virus

"One of our biggest goals has been that we wanted to make sure that people understand the kind of high-stakes of cyberwarfare," says director Yasmin Elayat.

Zero Days VR, a companion piece to Alex Gibney’s documentary Zero Days, tells the story of a computer virus developed by the USA and Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. In the VR version, the user gets to play the part of the virus as it makes its way through the digital world.

“Essentially we let you embody the Stuxnet virus itself as it goes on this journey through these digital worlds and sabotaging the Iranian nuclear facility,” director Yasmin Elayat tells VR Scout. “So you get to travel through these different physical and digital worlds and learn about the world of cyberwarfare and [its] high stakes…in our world.”

“One of our biggest goals has been that we wanted to make sure that people understand the kind of high-stakes of cyberwarfare and really have it hit close to home,” Elayat continues. “I think, at least when everyone’s taking it off and there just like, ‘I’m a little scared, I’m a little nervous,’that’s kind of the reaction we want to get, we want people to really get it and care about the topic.”

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