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Good times for VR?
January 18th 2013, 00:53 CET by TreeFrog

If you're anything like me (protip: don't be anything like me), you'll remember the short-lived VR craze with some hipster-grade ironic nostalgia, but mostly with disappointment. William Gibson had promised us digital otherworlds over a decade ago, and all we got was The Lawnmower Man. And that wasn't even a documentary, people!

But! Now some punk called Palmer Luckey, who has the temerity to be only 20 years old, is all like "hey, here's this Oculus Rift VR headset I just crapped out this morning and BTW it's the most awesome shit you peasants have ever seen" AND HE'S NOT WRONG.

AND! On top of that we have the Leap Motion guys and their millimetre-precision doodad taking a big enough crap on the Kinect that Asus are offering aforementioned doodad as an option with their PCs. We'll ignore the oh-so-90s Best Buy retail exclusivity.

Interesting times.
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#44 by TreeFrog
2013-01-24 23:38:42
What gaggle said.

"One part disembowels me while another slowly eats its way through the gas line. As I bleed out on the floor, it reminds me that I need to buy milk." - Jibble
#45 by TreeFrog
2013-01-27 23:52:25
A FOSS Rift driver for Mirror's Edge, that AaaAAaa game and others.

"One part disembowels me while another slowly eats its way through the gas line. As I bleed out on the floor, it reminds me that I need to buy milk." - Jibble
#46 by Milan Brezovsk√Ĺ
2013-01-28 10:43:27
http://uglycode.com
Now I'm getting interested.

Parhelic Triangle is coming. Eventually.
#47 by anaqer
2013-01-28 16:05:07
Wake me up when someone does a good Descent port for it.

§ "Apple hates everyone now." - BJB
#48 by deadlock
2013-01-28 19:11:48
http://www.deadlocked.org/
I wonder how jarring the Uncanny Valley effect is when you're viewing games through these devices.

#49 by Milan Brezovsk√Ĺ
2013-01-28 22:15:05
http://uglycode.com
Of course, now that PlanetCrap posts about VR, Gamasutra is all over it.

Parhelic Triangle is coming. Eventually.
#50 by Milan Brezovsk√Ĺ
2013-02-05 13:36:23
http://uglycode.com
Talk, bitches! What TV shows are worth killing time for?

Parhelic Triangle is coming. Eventually.
#51 by deadlock
2013-02-05 15:50:38
http://www.deadlocked.org/
The first season of 'Homeland' is excellent. I enjoyed the second season but I think it's one of those YMMV things.

#52 by TreeFrog
2013-02-05 16:57:43
Apparently all it takes to make Twitter collectively wet itself is Zooey Deschanel getting kissed. I tried to watch New Girl once. Whatever it is, it's not for me.

"One part disembowels me while another slowly eats its way through the gas line. As I bleed out on the floor, it reminds me that I need to buy milk." - Jibble
#53 by Shadarr
2013-02-05 21:15:30
shadarr@gmail.com http://digital-luddite.com
If the word "adorkable" doesn't make your hands twist into arthritic rage-claws, then the show probably won't either.

"I hope you one day decide to smarten the fuck up so I can stand to look at your posts." - gaggle
#54 by Milan Brezovsk√Ĺ
2013-02-05 21:45:48
http://uglycode.com
Wait, that's something that can be pronounced? I thought it only existed on Internet. You know, like when you take a fish out of water and it suffocates, that's what happens with Internet slang, right?

Parhelic Triangle is coming. Eventually.
#55 by Shadarr
2013-02-05 22:03:31
shadarr@gmail.com http://digital-luddite.com
What rock are you living under?  Haven't you heard anyone say "el oh el" in real life?  There is no barrier between the internet and the real world anymore, the last brick was pounded to dust when newscasters started reading Youtube comments on air.

"I hope you one day decide to smarten the fuck up so I can stand to look at your posts." - gaggle
#56 by Milan Brezovsk√Ĺ
2013-02-06 12:27:37
http://uglycode.com
I was being facetious. I mean, both "el oh el" or "loll", while they make the least sense to be vocalized, have been with me ever since I was a teenager (and we were all more impressionable), and it's one of the things that fly under your radar, like swearing, or "she said" in novels or articles in any text, e.g.
Can you find the
the error in here?


But "adorkable" is something that you have to produce consciously, and while it's obviously a matter of taste, it feels like it should only ever said in a pretentiously ironic fashion.

Parhelic Triangle is coming. Eventually.
#57 by Milan Brezovsk√Ĺ
2013-02-06 13:45:44
http://uglycode.com
Also, The Witcher 2 on sale on Steam for 10 EUR, go buy it for all your friends and lovers and kids and family, so we get the third game that will be more open-worldly.

Parhelic Triangle is coming. Eventually.
#58 by gaggle
2013-02-06 21:22:35
You're old by scoffing at new words. I will make an effort to use adorkable in a sentence asap.

"Roses are red, violets are blue, rubbish is dumped and so are you." : : - FML
#59 by Wudi
2013-02-07 02:01:50
*LEAVE ZOOEY ALONE [internet tears under a blanket]! ALL SHE WANTS IS SOME TOMOATO SOUP[more internet tears under the blanket]! All you people care about is posting and making money off of her. She's a human! Leave Zooey alone!!!

Whaaaaaaa!

Zep--
*I only have rabbit ears so I have no idea what that new girl show is like, but she's cute in the iPhone commercial.

w0rd up!
#60 by jjohnsen
2013-02-07 05:39:04
http://www.johnsenclan.com
New Girl is funny.  Not really because of Zooey Deschanel though.

#61 by Dumdeedum
2013-02-08 17:21:12
http://www.dumdeedum.com
New Girl started poorly but it's slowly got better, to the point it's a harmless watch over a sandwich or whatever.  As JJ said though, it's largely down to a strong supporting cast, the new girl herself doesn't actually add much.  If all else fails, Hannah Simone.

MP3 Of The Week: is this thing on?
#62 by gaggle
2013-02-09 05:13:45
Argo was really good.

"Roses are red, violets are blue, rubbish is dumped and so are you." : : - FML
#63 by Gunp01nt
2013-02-09 21:21:39
supersimon33@hotmail.com
Since we have native English speakers from various countries here it seems a good place to ask: how should the word 'width' be pronounced? Is it like 'with' or more like 'wide' with a 'th' at the end?

She's probably had sex with like 4 different guys by now and has no idea who he is anymore, his face lost in a memory sea of dicks.
#64 by deadlock
2013-02-10 00:13:37
http://www.deadlocked.org/
It's one of those words where the pronunciation varies according to region and speaker but the 'wi-' part is always pronounced as in 'with' and never as in 'wide'. Some people pronounce the 'd', but very lightly. Others pronounce it almost exactly like 'with' but with a sharper, shorter 'th' sound.

#65 by Milan Brezovsk√Ĺ
2013-02-10 15:46:32
http://uglycode.com
I hate √ĺorn. It's hard to get it right.

Parhelic Triangle is coming. Eventually.
#66 by TreeFrog
2013-02-10 16:18:06
#65 by Milan Brezovsk√Ĺ
I hate √ĺorn. It's hard to get it right.

Yeah, I have trouble pronouncing √ĺorn.

"One part disembowels me while another slowly eats its way through the gas line. As I bleed out on the floor, it reminds me that I need to buy milk." - Jibble
#67 by Gunp01nt
2013-02-10 20:06:44
supersimon33@hotmail.com
Thanks deadlock.

She's probably had sex with like 4 different guys by now and has no idea who he is anymore, his face lost in a memory sea of dicks.
#68 by Milan Brezovsk√Ĺ
2013-02-11 18:48:01
http://uglycode.com
Today I started Minecraft again for a few minutes and loaded a save where I was starving, so my health was decreasing an I had no food on me. I started running up the stairs, through a cave, up more stairs, armed myself with a sword just to be sure, got on the ground, jumped up to my floating glass house and opened the chest and chewed down a raw porkchop just as my health stopped decreasing on 0.5/10 hearts.

I turned around and enjoyed the sunset.

Back to programming business rule engines.

Parhelic Triangle is coming. Eventually.
#69 by TreeFrog
2013-02-21 16:24:53
Sony: what the fuck was that?

"One part disembowels me while another slowly eats its way through the gas line. As I bleed out on the floor, it reminds me that I need to buy milk." - Jibble
#70 by Dumdeedum
2013-02-21 17:22:20
http://www.dumdeedum.com
I stopped watching after five minutes, these press events always come off like glossy powerpoint presentations given by car salesmen.  They should have saved the money and instead released a couple of pages of facts and some screenshots and videos.  Y'know, a press pack.

MP3 Of The Week: is this thing on?
#71 by Gunp01nt
2013-02-21 18:06:47
supersimon33@hotmail.com
It was kind of underwhelming. How do you announce a device without showing the device? Even the Phantom had a mockup of what it was supposed to look like.

She's probably had sex with like 4 different guys by now and has no idea who he is anymore, his face lost in a memory sea of dicks.
#72 by gaggle
2013-02-21 18:59:53
Watchdogs looks neat, and the footage looks legit. Don't really care about the power in the hardware, but fun games are fine.

"Roses are red, violets are blue, rubbish is dumped and so are you." : : - FML
#73 by TreeFrog
2013-02-21 19:00:23
I never watch these things live, I just read the recaps. Sqenix announce that they're beginning to consider starting to develop a PS4 Final Fantasy game. Hold the presses!

I predict:
ludicrous launch price, again
lousy sales due to there only being 5 launch titles, 3 of which are shit, and no backwards compatibility
a massive post-Christmas price cut
still not enough uptake
Sony's creditors get nervous and stop extending credit
RIP Sony.

"One part disembowels me while another slowly eats its way through the gas line. As I bleed out on the floor, it reminds me that I need to buy milk." - Jibble
#74 by Milan Brezovsk√Ĺ
2013-02-21 19:53:45
http://uglycode.com
You're just copy&pasting that from your post from a couple years back, aren't you?

Parhelic Triangle is coming. Eventually.
#75 by CheesyPoof
2013-02-21 20:47:22
Nah, it won't (or maybe I should say shouldn't) have a stupid high price tag. They're using x86 so that should be cheap, and the cost in BD has come down enough that the cost of that will be cheap, and everything else is a commodity. It'll get a $400 price cause it's 'new.' Anything more is stupid.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#76 by Gunp01nt
2013-02-21 22:04:07
supersimon33@hotmail.com
That's a little quick to call Sony d0med. We have yet to see what Microsoft is going to bring this round and it looks like Nintendo isn't exactly doing well so far with the Wii U.

Console makers are clearly having a hard time figuring out where to go with the new console generation, what people want at this point. When Microsoft and Sony have both shown their hands I wouldn't be surprised if someone else steps in taking advantage of the knowledge of Sony and MS' launches.

She's probably had sex with like 4 different guys by now and has no idea who he is anymore, his face lost in a memory sea of dicks.
#77 by CheesyPoof
2013-02-21 22:11:59
Thinking...

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#78 by Gunp01nt
2013-02-21 22:29:17
supersimon33@hotmail.com
Sorry, I should've quoted Treefrog.

She's probably had sex with like 4 different guys by now and has no idea who he is anymore, his face lost in a memory sea of dicks.
#79 by m0nty
2013-02-22 04:13:51
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
Planetcrap outlives Gamespy Industries!
#80 by CheesyPoof
2013-02-22 06:18:28
Woo! Fuck yea!

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#81 by None-1a
2013-02-22 10:45:26
I liked what I saw but with little detail being given up at this point I'm coming up with more questions then excitement right now. Especially for the social, gaikai, and the 'don't call it smartglass' features. All that sounds great with a good group of friends but are they free, PSN+, or some super premium thing? Is 'don't call it smartglass' able to do the whole second screen streaming on any device or is it just a glorified media remote?  If not what's the excuse for locking gaikai (that's already been shown to do that) to just allowing it on the Vita, please make it entertaining at least.

On top of that while I don't expect to ever hear an answer I'd love to know if they've looked at the PSN cert process and costs. They did say something about it being easier for smaller titles to be developed but nothing on if it's going to be easier to actually get to the store or if it's still a niche title budget killer to patch.

Don't forget garnishes such as: Fish shaped solid waste.
#82 by Squeaky
2013-02-23 05:11:31
Planetcrap outlives Gamespy Industries

HOLY SHIT!
#83 by Gunp01nt
2013-02-23 15:49:19
supersimon33@hotmail.com
Just think about it: we've outlived GameSpy, Ion Storm, Duke Nukem Forever and PC games journalism.

She's probably had sex with like 4 different guys by now and has no idea who he is anymore, his face lost in a memory sea of dicks.
#84 by Chunkstyle
2013-02-23 21:36:52
We're old.

Game Developers: Don't forget the zombie monkeys.
#85 by Wudi
2013-02-23 22:35:35
You're not old unless you used CompuServe on a 300 baud modem @ $6 an hour.

So, Get off my lawn! [*waves cane*]

Zep--

w0rd up!
#86 by Fugazi(werking)
2013-02-24 01:12:53
At least Sony seems to shooting for less exotic hardware/architecture which should be easier for developers this time around. Memory constraints seemed to be a real issue with the PS3.

#87 by Squeaky
2013-02-24 06:53:52
PlanetCrap: the cockroach of the Internet.
#88 by Chunkstyle
2013-02-24 07:18:23
Compuserve?  Pfft.  C64 Qlink 4lyf yo.

Game Developers: Don't forget the zombie monkeys.
#89 by Milan Brezovsk√Ĺ
2013-02-24 10:18:05
http://uglycode.com
Haha, I just remembered that they used to sell an 8bit computer (which was like, 1/2 the power of ZX Spectrum) that you had to assemble yourself, like a LEGO. Man, 1980s.

Parhelic Triangle is coming. Eventually.
#90 by yotsuya
2013-02-24 22:11:36
I actually bought the GameSpy program way back when to play QuakeII online.

#91 by Gunp01nt
2013-02-24 23:51:21
supersimon33@hotmail.com
The only thing I remember about GameSpy was that you always had to cancel its installation and that there were some games that required it to run, even if you were never going to play online.
Oh, and I visited PlanetHalfLife a lot back in the day. But all the Planet* sites are now under IGN's banner.

She's probably had sex with like 4 different guys by now and has no idea who he is anymore, his face lost in a memory sea of dicks.
#92 by deadlock
2013-02-25 11:29:42
http://www.deadlocked.org/
GameSpy was the first thing I ever bought with my credit card. It's all been downhill since then.

#93 by anaqer
2013-02-25 14:13:51
I only went to their main site for Fargo's bits, but I used to hang out on PlanetQuake an awful lot, hunting for interesting mods and maps. Good times.

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