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Get up close and DiRT-y with DiRT Rally for Oculus Rift

The popular rally-racing game comes up with an excellent reason to abandon your family and friends in pursuit of a virtual racing career.

Anyone who's watched rally racing has, at some point, fantasized about spending an entire career going sideways in the dirt. For most of us, video games are as close as we'll get to that reality, but now, with the Oculus Rift, you can get even closer to living the dream, albeit without all the life endangerment.

On July 11, DiRT Rally will be coming to the Oculus Rift. The game lets you jump into rolling pieces of history as you blast through forests, down dirt paths and within dangerous proximity of spectators. It's all the fun of rally racing, but without the steep financial wall one must surmount to participate in real-world rallies.

If you've ever wanted to get completely lost in a racing game for days at a time, forgetting to eat and hydrate, this one's for you.

(Full disclosure: Our editor in chief, Tim Stevens, asked me to write this, because he owns an Oculus Rift and plans on abandoning his post to live inside this game.)