Some references from the last class reminded me of other not-so-optimistic VR examples.
First, Win Wenders movie Until the End of the World.
The plot is confusing and includes a pre-apocalyptic event. What I remember from 1999, though, is that everybody ends up addicted to this new technology that can record your dreams — and play it again for you.
Second, an episode from the TV series Black Mirror, called “The Entire History of You.” in the episode, people are continuously recording their lives through a device — directly connected their brains, it seems. Like in the previous example, virtual* ends up taking over reality, with characters getting addicted to past experiences.
*Though I’m not sure if the recorded scenes would be considered “virtual reality.”