“Jerry’s Place VR” Lets You Explore Seinfeld’s Apartment With an Oculus Rift Headset
Just don't try to burst through the door like Kramer does, because the door does not really exist.
Do you wish that you and your friends were so compelling and interesting that you could talk about nothing on broadcast television for nine years and get Emmy’s for it? Do you also wish you lived in an apartment that transcends the rules of modern urban planning? Have we got the virtual reality program for you!
Created by Greg Miller as a fun side-project, the program was built entirely from scratch using Blender and the Unity game engine. Anybody with a PC/Mac and an Oculus Rift headset can download the program itself and wander around Jerry’s Upper West Side pad for themselves by checking out the Jerry’s Place website. Greg says of his efforts:
I did a lot of research and tried to find images of the original products used in the show, and modeled around those dimensions, rather than relying solely on blurry screen shots. I found lots of good footage of the bathroom in the episode “The Barber,” during the part that Newman enters Jerry’s bathroom to find a hair sample. I feel like the main room and the bathroom are very well created, however I could only find one screen shot of Jerry’s bedroom, at the end of “The Chicken Roaster.” I used a blurry screen grab to texture the painting above his bed, and was able to recreate the bed, sheets and nightstands accurately. Unfortunately, due to the dimensions of the apartment it seems like it would be impossible to actually fit the bedroom the way the show depicts it. It came out cramped, but I’m happy with it.
While the 3D rendering is terrifyingly accurate, right down to the load-bearing walls (though Greg admits he needs to find a better Superman model), the music in his progress video is decidedly less so. Thus, in order to capture the magic of that long forgotten era of ’90s television, we bring you a more authentic representation of the Seinfeld theme song that you can play over the above Youtube clip.
What? This is the Internet. You were expecting it to not be sung by a bird?