Wolves in the wall: It’s all over
It’s a free title on the oculus store, and description says it is early access but what you play might be the first chapter of a more interactive experience. But OMG it was amazing. So you play as an imaginary friend of a little girl. Really good animation as she walks around you. Kind of Pixar quality. Some really smart interaction and play with the possibilities of VR. In one scene you have to make some photos with a polaroid cam and at some point she pics up one of those photos trying to convince you that there are wolves. Also you get a magnifying class that magnifies. …
I am really impressed and it is one of the experiences you would show to demonstrate VR to your friends.
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RE: VR Allies
Wolves in the wall: It’s all over
RE: General Gaming Deals/Giveaway
Not a fan of the Epic Games Store and I only very reluctantly get the free games each way, even if I already have them. But this week it is really worth it, because the Trilogy of Batman Games, that is Lego Batman and the Arkham Series (minus Origins) do not cost any money (though I already have them).
RE: Ooblets (PC/XBO)
Had the games on my Steam wishlist for years. Normally I would be a lot more displeased but with Double Fine out of publisher business, I was concerned about the game and I think it probably was the easiest solution for them. Doesn’t excuse the long development time, changes in core gameplay (I think they changed fighting with dancing) and made up excuses in defense of the epic store. So I am not sure if I going to buy it. Also, if your game is all about good vibes, you should not make it an exclusive on the epic store (and probably any store).
RE: VR Allies
One thing people complain about is that there are not a lot of full games and too much “experiences”… but I love them.
So recently, the French/German TV “culture” channel Arte released three VR experiences on Steam VR and one last weekend on the oculus quest store. Those on Steam were about some famous paintings, e.g. Edward Munch The Scream, and visualization of the painters notes or interpretation behind the intentions of those paintings… They were Okay.
On the oculus store, they released “Notes on Blindness”, about notes of a writer who became blind. So he describes the world how he observes it through sound and you see this ingame by blue point clouds and shapes when a person/object makes sound. Together with positional audio, it makes a fascinating experience.
And couple of weeks ago, also on the quest (previously on the go/gear vr), there was “Anne Frank house VR”, where you walk inside said house and get some excerpts from her diary. Getting an idea about the dimension of the rooms is something you probably only get by visiting the house in real life or VR.
RE: Last movie you watched
Alita: Battle Angel. As far as Manga adaptation goes, it is probably very good. I liked the first half of the movie a lot better, sometimes a lot of exposition but good world building. Did not like the Motorball parts. Even they went out of their way to introduce it to the audience, it still felt kind of out of place for me. One reason the second half was not that good. Some rushed stuff, some questionable dialog and speeches, and somehow the movie just ends with not so much of a climax. Action scenes were great, especially the way Alita moved. Had a fair amount of dismemberments that I didn’t expected.
RE: I need your help with my MA dissertation Allies
I took part in the survey but was a bit uncertain about the “creators Patreon community” question, since they were the first I had to answer. I don’t really care for the community aspect and felt only the question starting at 15/16 relevant for me. Mostly 15-17 only.
As I am currently have to read/ check some master thesis, let me point out that question 10.2 and 10.5 are the same question. :)
RE: VR Allies
Steam-Summer-Sale! With VR capabilities I finally have a reasons to buy more games. Last Sales I pretty much skipped because I have all the games I wanted or at least enough of them…
Not played a lot but first impressions of two highlights:
Everspace: Had it on wishlist for couple of years probably. Rogue like space shooter/survival game, I think. You can use a controller to maneuver and it gives you the option to aim independent by headtracking, and that feels awesome. Have to get familiar with the controls but it’s a game I want to play more of.
Skyrim VR: I shudder thinking about starting modding again because the 1000hours or more I “played” Skyrim, half of it was spent testing mods and trying stuff. Its Skyrim, in 3D and VR, alright! Problem is, like no other game I get compression artefacts because of streaming and it sometimes looks like a 360p video on youtube. Definitely have to try some graphic mods and one that enables an actual first person body instead of just hands. If I get this working, I might finally finish the main quest line…
RE: SGDQ 2019 - Best Speedruns
I did watch the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (Warped) Speed Run competition between three participants and enjoyed it, through nothing spectacular happened. Looked at the schedule on Sunday and nothing popped out, that I wanted to watch but I should look again. The Kingdom Hearts III would be interesting, because SGDQ runs of Kingdom Hearts games generally are, but since I didn’t found time to play the game for myself (and at least four of its predecessors) I have to skip it.
RE: VR Allies
Some Games I played on Oculus Quest I wanted to talk about and some I should not:
Superhot VR (Quest): is great. I was crouching on the flour to avoid gunshots. And in the middle of some shootout probably tried resting against a virtual table and fell. Still didn’t find the level select.
Vader Immortal (Quest): Not a Star Wars fan, but the 40min adventure was quite entertaining. One vs One light saber battles are okay and there is a arcade mode where you deflect laser shots from flying drones. Cross buy with oculus rift so could play it on Quest and PC. Sadly the “high” graphics setting introduces Jitter.
Elite Dangerous (PC Streaming/Steam VR): Been to much time since I played the game so I don’t know what to do. But looks great and Menus pop-up when you look at certain parts of your cockpit. Would play it more, but was already at the center of the galaxy, so I know what is there! ^^
Project Cars (PC Streaming/Steam VR): Still had a copy I never really played because the game is not that fun, especially the career mode. But graphics are great and it runs really well. Look very nice when it starts raining and time of day changes.
Dirt Rally (PC Streaming/Revive): Game only works with Oculus Rift headset and you have to patch it to get the Steam Version running in Steam VR… but it does not. Constant jitter makes it unplayable and I tried everything to get rid of it. Its only okay if you reduce graphic settings to very low. My very favorite racing game and I can’t play it! There is an official oculus version but I will not buy it again if I don’t know if it works.
Google Spotlight Stories: A number of individual short stories. Some cute, some sad and some just meh. Best ones are Age of Sail and Pearl. It got a little wet behind the VR glasses
Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice VR (PC Streaming/Steam VR): Bought the original game, have the VR version. Looks interesting. Will maybe play again.
3D Games?!: Was on the quest to play games in stereoscopic 3D but there are not a lot that outright support it. Played around with reshade, a program normally used to improve graphics and somehow able to implement 3D in certain games. Quantum Breaks works somewhat but looks not so good.
Rise/Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PC): Would you believe it? Both games have an option to play in stereoscopic 3D. Looking very fine, though resolution takes a hit, even when streaming in 4k. And one DLC of Rise is in VR and you walk around the Croft mansion … but only in first person, so what is the point.
Played and experimented with lots of other things. Some certain things I will never forget. Them glorious Oled screens of the Quest burned those images directly to the back of my eyeballs. How can I ever go back to 2D. How! And the worst part is:
I like it!!!You get used to it pretty quickly.
RE: VR Allies
Wanted to write about my experience with the Oculus Quest so far most importantly how playing/streaming PC games feels like.
So I tried a program called ALVR, that you have to sideload on the Quest to stream SteamVR games to the Quest. Works pretty well, I can adjust streaming rate for better performance or a higher resolution. Setup is often a hassle cause you have to start the program on Quest and PC and then connect your headset and start Steam VR. Also Steam VR setup is cumbersome with the Quest. Then I tried it in conjunction with Oculus Rift/ Store games through Revive with not the best results. Some games don’t start and every game had a lot of jitter that I could not fix.
Then the app Virtual Desktop implemented the opportunity to stream SteamVR games but with a easier Setup. Bought it on the Quest but I think the day before the developer was forced to remove this feature. Was upsetting but on the developer side you could download an update to restore this via sideloading. And setup is so much easier cause you can switch between desktop and VR view inside the headset and most of the Oculus Store also stopped having the jitter problems.
I didn’t notice an input lag or latency, at least I am not aware of it but maybe it’s there and increases my motion sickness. But for most experiences it works good enough. You have to have a good wlan router (5GHz) and mine from the ISP sometimes interrupts the data streaming, with some frame drops or a distorted picture in the headset. Anyway, I could try a lot of free experiences, movies and games that I want to talk about some other time…