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Signed On Aug 8, 2005, 17:47
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News Comments > Amnesia Fortnight Game Jam
3. Re: Amnesia Fortnight Game Jam Feb 6, 2014, 22:44 Jensen
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 6, 2014, 21:17:
So you have to pay to have a say in what they should create? Are you effin' kiddin' me? And people are stupid enough to actually do this?
You also get the prototype games.
I paid a few bucks the last time they did this, and I enjoyed watching the live streams and playing the prototypes. You don't have to pay to watch the streams, though.
 
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News Comments > EVE: Valkyrie an Oculus Rift Exclusive Launch Title
12. Re: EVE: Valkyrie an Oculus Rift Exclusive Launch Title Feb 6, 2014, 03:07 Jensen
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 22:24:
Quboid wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 20:53:
I could never get used to Track-IR, I think largely because of the high sensitivity. I want 1:1 sensitivity.

I'd like know when the Oculus Rift will be available. This year?

No one knows. And the way they keep adding and changing things it doesn't seem like it'll be anytime soon.
The things they've added recently are pretty much essentials for a good VR experience. Many people who would get motion sickness with the development kit in 30 seconds do just fine with extended sessions with the Crystal Cove or Valve's prototype.
I'm guessing that they've pretty much got it where they want it now when it comes to technology.
Developing a wearable device will always be harder because it needs to work with a wide variety of head shapes and IPDs (interpupillary distance.)
They also need to get it to work with glasses and/or have adjustable focus.
 
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News Comments > PC Minecraft Passes 14M Sales
18. Re: PC Minecraft Passes 14M Sales Feb 2, 2014, 15:51 Jensen
 
Minecraft sold about 800k copies at $13, 3.5m at $20, and the rest at $27.

It looks like the first 20k copies may have been about $7.

The only "sale" they've had on the game is "two for the price of one" for a couple of days around Notch's wedding day.
 
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News Comments > QuakeCon 2014 in July
2. Re: QuakeCon 2014 in July Jan 30, 2014, 20:20 Jensen
 
BobBob wrote on Jan 30, 2014, 19:48:
Carmack is gone. What's the point?
He tweeted this today:
I have offered to give my traditional talk at Quakecon, we'll see if it is accepted.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
12. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jan 27, 2014, 01:58 Jensen
 
The 4k/8k phone thing must be about outputting to an external display? I would be cool if I could plug in my phone to a 40" 8k multitouch digital drafting table.  
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
11. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jan 27, 2014, 00:35 Jensen
 
2560x1440 may help a bit for the bigger phones/phablets.

I wouldn't mind a 4k iPad, but that's mostly because I'm nearsighted so I have to hold my iPad quite close when my contacts are out.

VR headsets would benefit from a 20k display, so I won't complain about the resolution of phones being too high :-)
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Voice Cast
25. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Voice Cast Jan 24, 2014, 03:41 Jensen
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 24, 2014, 02:14:
Hell, not only would most do it for scale. There's probably no shortage of people who'd do it for lunch and busfare.
Heck, one of my favorite voice actors in Broken Age paid Double Fine a lot of money to be in the game!
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
6. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 20, 2014, 20:26 Jensen
 
Mario wouldn't work, just because of controls. The only games I can think of that would work well on a smartphone are Animal Crossing and Pokemon. Both of those are 3DS system sellers, especially Pokemon.

Even original DS games, with their touch-screen mechanics, wouldn't port well because they are mostly made for stylus control.
 
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News Comments > Michael Abrash's VR Talk Slides
10. Re: Michael Abrash's VR Talk Slides Jan 20, 2014, 10:28 Jensen
 
The problem is that performance issues will lead to motion sickness.  
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News Comments > Michael Abrash's VR Talk Slides
8. Re: Michael Abrash's VR Talk Slides Jan 20, 2014, 02:35 Jensen
 
Tom wrote on Jan 20, 2014, 00:15:
Jensen wrote on Jan 19, 2014, 22:58:
VR seems more suited for a console, where developers have a common target and can guarantee good performance. Maybe that's where Steam Machines could be useful?

I don't know about Steam Machines, and those are good "nice to have" things, but consoles fail on two critical fronts: raw horsepower and relatively unbounded innovation. All things considered, the PC thoroughly trounces consoles right now as the best platform for VR. And I don't see this changing in this latest generation of consoles. Maybe it will with the next gen in another couple of years, depending on how things go on the PC.

I wasn't necessarily talking about current consoles, just a more standardized platform. Apple is often successful at launching/popularizing new product categories because they have complete control of your experience from input to output, software and hardware. Their iOS devices still have lower touch-to-photons latency than any Android device. Valve and Oculus often talk about how important low latency is.

Maybe they could create some kind of certification program?
I'd like an Oculus certified workstation that I know could run all Oculus certified VR programs at 90 Hz with 20ms latency.

It would suck if VR were passed off as a fad because people were having subpar experiences because of subpar PC's.

This comment was edited on Jan 20, 2014, 02:45.
 
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News Comments > Michael Abrash's VR Talk Slides
6. Re: Michael Abrash's VR Talk Slides Jan 19, 2014, 22:58 Jensen
 
DangerDog wrote on Jan 19, 2014, 14:04:
All that while trying to keep the price down too.

This is going to be a niche product for the ultra hardcore users for quite a long time from the sounds of it. The experience might be immersive but I'll probably stick to using 1440p or higher res display with head tracking for games that support it.

The Rift itself will probably cost less than the new consoles or an iPad. The biggest problem I see is that you need a quite beefy computer to get consistent performance, so the total cost of ownership will be quite high if you don't already have a gaming machine.

VR seems more suited for a console, where developers have a common target and can guarantee good performance. Maybe that's where Steam Machines could be useful?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 16, 2014, 00:16 Jensen
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 22:20:
DAMN! Does he REALLY need glasses when his monitor is 3 feet away and 60 inches? geeeeeeeezus!

GabeNewellBellevue[S] 109 points 6 hours ago
It's a Pioneer 42" Elite. I got it when I was going blind from Fuch's, and just stuck with it afterwards.

[]secretlySomeoneElse 25 points 6 hours ago
He has dead people eyes now.
Like... Eyes from actual dead people.

[]Opset 21 points 6 hours ago
Wait.
What?
Really?

[]GabeNewellBellevue[S] 91 points 5 hours ago
Yes. Fuch's is a congenital disease that affects the epithelial tissue of corneas, leading to blisters, blindness, etc... I was treated with corneal transplants.
 
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News Comments > Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week
19. Re: Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week Jan 12, 2014, 02:51 Jensen
 
wtf_man wrote on Jan 11, 2014, 22:12:
Yes, when he had no choice, since he ran out of money in the first place. He only put in his money, to flog a half-game to try to raise enough to finish it.
Based on the first few months of work, they projected that they would run out of backer money if they continued at the quality level they were aiming for.
So they had two choices:

1. Significantly cut back on the length of the game and make the art simpler.
2. Only make small cuts, keep the high quality artwork. Use company profits to fund the game.

They chose the second option instead of the first one, but they weren't forced to.

They announced the January release date 7 months ago, so it looks like they were able to stick to their revised schedules.
 
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News Comments > Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week
17. Re: Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week Jan 11, 2014, 16:56 Jensen
 
Partially self-funding a game is mismanagement?  
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News Comments > Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week
11. Re: Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week Jan 11, 2014, 04:26 Jensen
 
Not doing pre-production before launching the Kickstarter was a gimmick for this project specifically. They wanted to show backers the full process of making a game. Most Kickstarter projects shouldn't be like that, but it was fun as a one-off.

I realize that wtf-man was referring to the cash given by backers.
I just don't care. Double Fine has been continuously paying a team of employees to work on the project and it's coming out soon.

If they had put the project on hold for several months (or indefinitely like Clang) because they had completely depleted all sources of funding, I'd understand the "mismanagement" claims.
 
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News Comments > Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week
9. Re: Broken Age Part 1 For Backers Next Week Jan 11, 2014, 02:03 Jensen
 
I don't recall the Broken Age project ever running out of cash. Maybe you're thinking of Clang?  
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News Comments > BBC: Valve VR SDK Next Week
15. Re: BBC: Valve VR SDK Next Week Jan 9, 2014, 17:33 Jensen
 
Creston wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 11:25:
So yeah, he's trying to tie all VR sets into Steam, so in essence Valve gets to decide what becomes standard and what doesn't, and so make sure that their own VR device will be able to compete.

I don't think they care about their own hardware that much. Valve (Michael Abrash) has provided assistance to Oculus. The Steam controller is the only hardware they've said that they'll ship themselves, but they've said they don't care if other manufacturers use other designs.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift Adds OLED and Tracking
58. Re: Oculus Rift Adds OLED and Tracking Jan 8, 2014, 17:21 Jensen
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 15:59:
Jensen wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 14:09:
InBlack wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 08:16:
Do the games really have to run at 60 FPS per eye for the Virtual Reality 'trick' to kick in?
Yes, if you don't want the image to smear as you're moving. And it will most likely be 90fps.

See how blurry this moving image is?
http://www.testufo.com/#test=photo&photo=quebec.jpg&pps=960&pursuit=0
On a low persistence display, this image is just as sharp when it is moving as it it when it is still. That means you'll get a double image whenever you miss a frame.

That's refresh rate, not frame rate. If the display could output at 240hz but was only getting 60 FPS, it could repeat each frame 4 times. That's not perfect, but it wouldn't look blurry.

...

I think? I'm not 100% sure so this is more of a question than a disagreement.
When your eye is tracking an image moving at 960 pixels/second, and the screen displays each frame for 16.7ms, the motion of your eyes adds 16 pixels of blur. With a low-persistence display, each frame is only shown for something like 1ms, and there is darkness until the next refresh. In this case, your eyes only add 1 pixel of motion blur. If the same image is shown twice on a low persistence display because of a low framerate, you'll get a double image. On a full-persistence display, you just get a longer blur.

Blur is caused by the duration that each frame is shown, not the refresh rate.

Here's a really good blog about it from Michael Abrash:
http://blogs.valvesoftware.com/abrash/

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News Comments > Oculus Rift Adds OLED and Tracking
56. Re: Oculus Rift Adds OLED and Tracking Jan 8, 2014, 14:09 Jensen
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 08:16:
Do the games really have to run at 60 FPS per eye for the Virtual Reality 'trick' to kick in?
Yes, if you don't want the image to smear as you're moving. And it will most likely be 90fps.

See how blurry this moving image is?
http://www.testufo.com/#test=photo&photo=quebec.jpg&pps=960&pursuit=0
On a low persistence display, this image is just as sharp when it is moving as it it when it is still. That means you'll get a double image whenever you miss a frame.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift Adds OLED and Tracking
55. Re: Oculus Rift Adds OLED and Tracking Jan 8, 2014, 13:53 Jensen
 
JoeNapalm wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 10:45:
Jensen wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 02:34:
DangerDog wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 02:11:
From what I've read you get vision fatigue from focusing on the screen so close to your eyes, removing the rift can take quite a while to recover normal vision.
You're focusing at infinity, so it doesn't matter how physically close the screen is to your eyes. There can be an issue if you're constantly looking at things that are close to you in the simulated environment, though.


This is the arguement Oculus makes, but I'm not buying it.

Your eyes are focusing on something right in front of your face. Whether that image represents infinity or duckies or bunnies or what not is up to your brain to interpret - it is not going to prevent eye strain to the physical parts of your eye that are focusing on the screen 4" from your eyeball.


-Jn-
Ifriti Sophist
The rift refocuses the light using lenses, just like glasses. As far as your eyes are concerned, the rift screen really is infinitely far away.
 
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