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Terminator Genisys: The YouTube Chronicles in 360

June 30, 2015 Leave a comment

termRight now it seems the mix of VR related stuff out there is either game related or experience related. Experience related mostly in the form of marketing. Which I think is fine especially since everyone is just cutting their teeth on this tech and the methodologies involved in creating them. A recent entry into the experience category is a marketing piece for the new Terminator Genisys.

Here is the link:

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Get your batmobile out of my peanut butter

June 29, 2015 Leave a comment

BatmobileI am still not very far in the new Batman game Arkham Knight but I fear my hate of vehicles in games that don’t require them is coming through. I would not mind if the Batmobile was an option for me to play with but it seems so forced into every fricken thing I am doing that I hate it. I just want to glide around Gotham and beat up bad guys while solving crimes. I don’t want to have to bring that stupid wanna be tank everywhere I go. The controls are not great and the feeling to me is they wanted a peanut butter and chocolate combination and instead I got peanut butter and poop. It reminds me of my hate of the Mako in Mass Effect and Driving in general in Watch Dogs.

Friday Friends Feature: Louis Puster III

June 26, 2015 Leave a comment

WrackedThis week’s Friday Friends Feature is one of the talented writers I know Louis Puster III. He has a few books out, and all of them are well worth the read. You can check out the link below to his site where you can read his blog, catch a sample of his writing and more importantly find links to his books. Hope you enjoy his creative works as much as I have.

http://www.louispuster3.com/

My VR PC

June 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Matrix

So for my work I needed to upgrade from my current laptop to something a little beefier for doing work in VR. Since I will be working with film as well I upped my specs even more than recommended specs for Oculus.

Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz (up to 4.0 GHz) 8MB 84W Intel HD Graphics 4600 4C HT CPU

32GB DDR3-1600 nECC (4x8GB) Unbuffered RAM

512GB SATA 1st Solid State Drive

NVIDIA GTX 980TI PCI Express Card

and

HP Z Display Z34c 34-inch Curved Monitor

VR Me Bro: Batman Arkham Knight

June 24, 2015 Leave a comment

batman-arkham-knight-title-logoProbably because I have been doing so much recent research and work in VR do I now kind of look at every experience on “How can I do this in VR?” or “Would this be cool in VR?” mode. So consider this a new topic on this blog “VR Me Bro”.

Last night I was able to play a little bit of the new Batman game Arkham Knight. I am a huge fan of this series. I will do a more thorough review on my Monday Morning Quarterback topic when I finish it. Just from initial play though I really think this a game that could with some small changes be the ultimate batman experience in VR.

Combat as the batman is smooth but perhaps a bit too quick. Doing more Slow Mo hits would be great. Driving the Batmobile in First person view would be sweet. Gliding about Gotham totally bad ass. Detective mode is made for VR heck it is AR mode for Batman. I am definitely going to try to play this on the Oculus. So consider this a place holder for my damn this would be cool. Got to test it.

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Gear VR

June 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Gear VR

If you are looking for a little more oomph in your VR experience (compared to cardboard) and something you can purchase right here and now then you are in luck because Samsung with Oculus have a product for you. If you own a Note 4 or Galaxy s6 and s6 edge then there is a Gear VR for you. The one for the Galaxy s6 is the more up to date version of the technology. I got to try this out at GDC this year and the experience was very nice. I will be picking one of these up for personal use when I am back in the states. More info below.

http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/gearvr/

http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/wearables/gear-vr/

Google Cardboard

June 22, 2015 Leave a comment

CardboardBy far the fastest way to get into enjoying Virtual Reality right now is Google Cardboard. Just about every modern Android or Apple phone runs the app and the case is as cheap as $5 dollars. You can get fancier cases for 20- 50 bucks. Most of the apps either keep you in a fixed point or on rails with a few that let you move with directional head turning. I will review some of the apps currently on the market later but for now take a look at what Google is doing here:

https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/