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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 22, 2016, 18:08 saluk
To be fair, 3.5mm jack is pretty terrible, wears out easily (on both device and headphones) and eventually I don't think losing it would be a bad thing.
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News Comments > Serious Sam VR Announced
16. Re: Serious Sam VR Announced Jun 13, 2016, 17:51 saluk
Creston wrote on Jun 13, 2016, 17:47:
Get ready to strap it on


get in


and get shooting


This sounds like projectile vomitus in two minutes...

This looks like a pretty standard stationary vr shooter to me. No character movement = no vomit. But also constrains the gameplay in a way that is already getting tired.
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News Comments > Serious Sam VR Announced
15. Re: Serious Sam VR Announced Jun 13, 2016, 17:49 saluk
HoSpanky wrote on Jun 13, 2016, 15:52:
Darks wrote on Jun 13, 2016, 14:50:
Jagacademy wrote on Jun 13, 2016, 13:13:
Seems like there are a lot of VR games coming many people actually have VR units?

VR is seriously getting out of hand. I personally will not put some stupid VR device on my head and years from now wonder why my eyes are all fucked up like in the movie the Jerk.

And that looks lame as shit, floating weapons? Give me a fucking break!!

Yep, here we go, more people bitching about something they don't understand. The "floating guns" thing is becoming standard because unless people want to strap MORE shit to their arms, the game can't always properly guess your arm location, and IF IT IS WRONG, you will flip the fuck out as your brain tries to figure out why your arms are broken. Also, when you're playing, you DON'T NOTICE the guns are floating.

You and Cutter and everyone else on here who hates technology that's beyond what they can comprehend won't believe me, but whatever. Until you play around with it, you CANNOT understand why it's so incredible. You think that it's just a monitor on your face, and 3D, and so you think that sounds pretty lame and have written it off.

YES, it's true that most VR titles out right now are glorified tech demos. This is literally like having to start all over on game design. They're still working out First Person locomotion, as teleporting doesn't feel right and "sliding along" makes people sick. If someone is given enough visual cues, you can put them on a moving platform, but that again limits what kinds of games that can be done.

But then there are the things that we can do in VR that you CANNOT do on a monitor. You can have swordfights where you actually have to maneuver your sword around their armor, then go explore a dungeon where you may need to physically crouch to get under a swinging blade (Vanishing Realms). There's a bizarre gun fetishist game where reloading actually makes you eject your clip and physically insert a new one...and it doesn't approximate. You need to ACTUALLY get the clip into the gun, not just get it neat the socket (Hotdogs, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades). Shooting gallery games make a lot of sense in VR, so you'll see there are a lot of them popping up.

Also, VR is where "walking simulators" can thrive, as just being in a new environment is thrilling in VR. Sure, you can't slide along without being sick, but teleporting doesn't feel "cheap" in exploration games. You simply point to where you want to look around, click and you're there. If there's no combat, it simply takes the wasted time of moving over there out of it.

Ripping on VR without having tried it makes you just sound bitter. You will compare it to failed technology, because you can't understand why it's so much better than what you have. You're the horse rider, telling everyone the automobile is crap.

Nice try but paragraphs of text aren't going to sell vr any more than a flat video of the caliber of serious sam are. You DO have to try it to form a valid opinion. But for this same reason you can't CONVINCE them to try it. I've wanted VR since I was young, so it was an easy sell for me. So glad it finally happened. But people tend to stick with what they want or what they think they want and be distrusting, ambivalent, or opposed to anything else.
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News Comments > Serious Sam VR Announced
5. Re: Serious Sam VR Announced Jun 13, 2016, 14:49 saluk
Looks pretty cool! Another damn wave shooter though. As much as I am enjoying them, it's just too easy and simple. I'm MUCH more interested in the Fallout 4 vr update and Bridge Commander.

Jagacademy wrote on Jun 13, 2016, 13:13:
Seems like there are a lot of VR games coming many people actually have VR units?

"Seems" like. A couple side projects from a couple companies is not a lot. It's early.

There are enough units in the wild for good vr games to crack the steam top 10 for about a week. Enough of a market for side projects or cheap games. Especially if you can market a nice niche product whose sales potential is nearly guaranteed (everyone with a unit will buy this game etc).
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 10, 2016, 14:29 saluk
From the article:

"Later, upon further investigation by the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security, “The agents discovered the magnetic strips on the back of the 10 American Express credit cards in Briere’s name contained no account holder identification or account information which exists on legitimate American Express cards when they are issued.”

So actually, the information on the strip does NOT contain merely what is visible on the front of the card. It contains information about whether or not the card has been issued. Thus, the ruling is completely and utterly bogus.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 10, 2016, 14:20 saluk
The typical niceties in question are... kind of dumb.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Jun 10, 2016, 14:19 saluk
JustAdventure reviewed Doom? Really?  
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Jun 9, 2016, 17:27 saluk
With so many Chinese financiers in Hollywood, I'm not really surprised a movie does well in China. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if they were considered the primary market for the producers since gaming is so big there (biggest gaming market of the world).

Edit: Heh, looked it up and Legendary is actually owned by a Chinese company now. wsj link

So yeah, it's no surprise that the movie is doing well in their home country. It probably got a lot of support there. Not much here it seems like. Other than a few trailers I've heard very little about the movie.

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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 7, 2016, 01:35 saluk
"VR support comes to Amazon's Lumberyard engine, starting with Rift and Vive"

Like, duh. It's cryengine which already has support for VR.

Also, cryengine is now free, so lumberyard is pointless. No wonder crytek let their engine get into amazon's hands so easily.
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News Comments > Watch Dogs 2 Countdown
14. Re: Watch Dogs 2 Countdown Jun 7, 2016, 01:32 saluk
It definitely wasn't what I was expecting or hoping for, but once I realized that it was basically a gta wannabe with magic powers, I actually kind of enjoyed it. It wasn't as fun as other gta ripoffs, but it wasn't as bad as some of them.

Better than GTA4, not 5.

If they can really Assassin's Creed 2 this one I will be impressed, but I'm not holding out on it.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
20. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 3, 2016, 17:09 saluk
Win10 is better than win8 by a mile. There is still some win8 weirdness in there but most of it is hidden. After 1 year of fixes, the search experience in win10 is an improvement over win7, by a couple of inches at least. There's still not a huge upgrade that I can tell over win7, but down the line even if support is there till 2020, it's going to get tougher to stay on 7. The best time to upgrade is probably when you start feeling that pain, rather than for any perceived benefit.  
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News Comments > Blackwood Crossing Announced
5. Re: ckwood Crossing Announced Jun 2, 2016, 04:58 saluk
You are tearing me apart ckwood!

Wrong The Room I'm assuming.
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News Comments > Starbreeze Acquires Cinemaware Catalog
17. Re: Starbreeze Acquires Cinemaware Catalog Jun 1, 2016, 17:43 saluk
Defender of the Crown was pretty amazing for it's time. I remember the art blowing me away. The gameplay was pretty simplistic but still fun.  
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News Comments > The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Patch
25. Re: The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Patch May 31, 2016, 12:42 saluk
It took this long to enable disabling sword auto-unsheath?

The other updates are pretty cool though.
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News Comments > Goat Simulator: Waste of Space
4. Re: Goat Simulator: Waste of Space May 27, 2016, 13:56 saluk
In space, no one can hear you bleat.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 25, 2016, 16:30 saluk
jacobvandy wrote on May 25, 2016, 13:21:
sauron wrote on May 25, 2016, 12:52:
Also, as the article mentions, is it really worth upgrading if it just allows you to play your favorite game at 200fps instead of 90fps?

I don't see any reason to switch for anyone who is not heavily into VR and/or 4K gaming.

Er, I don't think there are that many people contemplating the 90fps vs. 200fps dilemma... There's plenty of real benefit to be had if you don't already have a Titan X or 980 Ti.

Yep. Great, fairly affordable upgrades for people who aren't yet at the top of the line; or heavy VR users who have that one or two games that don't run well on a 980ti. It's going to be a while before general gaming can take advantage of this power, or for VR/4k use to be high enough for most to need it.

The star wars vr demo needed 4 titan x'es, so I see this kind of power getting more use in event type applications.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 23, 2016, 18:00 saluk
El Pit wrote on May 23, 2016, 15:05:
The Half Elf wrote on May 23, 2016, 14:00:
My question is... why do you need security on a portable monitor that sits on your face?

Because Facebook and Valve both want to make their games exclusive for their mini lcd monitors - no matter how idiotic this move is. Both want their walled gardens with money plants showering sweet, sweet $$$ only over them, not over that other, counterfeit product.

Actually no, it's only Facebook that is doing this. Valve went out of their way to write code that ensure's that content developed for the Vive will also work on the Oculus.

Valve has enough walls with Steam, they didn't need to make any more.

And they don't actually care if HTC cannot produce any more headsets, since they made a spec and an sdk instead of a headset, they can just find another partner to produce the next version.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits May 21, 2016, 04:56 saluk
Wallshadows wrote on May 20, 2016, 18:45:
I'm sure there is more to it but it seems a little ridiculous that the Vive and Oculus require separate development to the point where games which support one or the other are locked down. It's not like it's a graphics card, processor or API but rather an external device which functions as a fancy monitor with bulky hardware requirements.

Shouldn't there be some kind of VR standard to follow instead of pushing VR in to the market in one hand while locking down and splitting the market in the other?

Not to be pedantic, but it is exactly an api. SteamVR, for example, displays a boundary grid when you near the edge of your tracking volume, as well as displaying accurate controller models. If they ever update the controllers, the new controllers will display the updated controller models, even if you are in an old game. Rift, for example, has the feature that interpolates between frames to smooth out poorly performing content. Also there is a bit of extra work done on the rendering side to ensure latency is low enough, adjust for distortion, etc. This is all done in the api and not by game engines or programmers directly.

While I think you can still technically render to the headsets directly as if they are an extra monitor, DK1 style, there are latency issues with that and it's a lot of work that no developer is going to do because those hard problems have already been solved in the software stack.

It's very similar to the war between directx, which only supports windows (oculus) and opengl (steamvr) which is supported on many operating systems. You can indeed run steamvr games on a rift, and many rift users have been doing so. If you happen to have one of the old razer hydra peripherals you can even have hands.

Now, while I can, if I squint, accept a company making their own sdk and not supporting other devices with it, and even funding games to be developed on that sdk which don't support a competitors software stack, I can't accept explicitly and intentionally breaking the equivalent of wine, nor the hardware-locked drm method to do so which hurts their own customers. A Rift game can no longer include a mode that runs if you don't have a headset on (say an online game that lets you make some quick adjustments to your character); future headsets sers with a dk2 may run into trouble, people waiting for the rifts to arrive who were trying out the content are also locked out.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse May 20, 2016, 12:14 saluk
I hated the expendables, but that isn't really relevant.

7.0 on IMDB is a good rating for IMDB, and probably about what a show like Sex in the City deserves. It's a good show, and for a while was culturally relevant, but it ain't shakespeare. It also stands to reason that a show aimed at women is going to get rated poorly by men, and the opposite is also blatantly obvious.

But, the data is somewhat interesting. Why watch something that is clearly not aimed at your demographic, and then go poop on it on the internet? Especially something that is so beloved? The most glaring datapoint is the number of men who vote 1's on female-dominant shows. While it isn't surprising that a man would rate a 1, it is a tiny bit interesting that so many are actually going through the effort to rate it so in the first place.

But I actually come to a different conclusion. I think women are less likely to judge a "man's" show, because for a long time they have been conditioned to stay out of the "no girls allowed" boys clubhouses of the world. She's not going to go into a show like GI Joe and give it a bad rating.

In general, there are always going to people giving 1's for dumb reasons. I think that's human nature. This skew will eventually go away and is not the big deal the author is making it, but I do like seeing the data. I almost didn't read further because of the first terrible example of Sex and the City lol.
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News Comments > Talos Principle 2 Revealed
3. Re: Talos Principle 2 Revealed May 20, 2016, 11:55 saluk
Why not, I'm down. The story was interesting but however they shoehorn it in, if it has decent puzzles I don't mind.  
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