From virtual reality to stars, five highlights from Comic-Con

Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:32pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Every year, around 130,000 comic book fans and entertainment enthusiasts trek to San Diego's Comic-Con International, where thousands of booths and hundreds of panels are set up by industry outlets to cater to attendees.

With the 2014 convention wrapping up on Sunday, here are five highlights from the packed four-day event.

- Experiencing Death in Virtual Reality

Ever wondered what it's like to be killed by a giant alien or a blazing fireball? Movie and television studios harnessed the virtual reality capabilities of the Oculus Rift headset to allow fans to enter the worlds of films and shows with numerous simulations.

For HBO's "Game of Thrones," fans could experience actual death - a terrifying experience for anyone with vertigo - as they 'traveled' up the Wall and stood at the very top, only to be attacked and fall to their inevitable demise. In Legendary's "Pacific Rim" experience, fans were 'placed' inside a giant robot that is attacked by an alien monster.

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Cast members Robert Downey Jr. (R) and Chris Evans pose at a press line for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 26, 2014.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni