Archive for ‘technology’

September 24, 2015

Highlights from Oculus Connect2 Keynote

I was thrilled to sit in the keynote for Oculus Connect2 on my GearVR this morning at 10. Sent my notes around to coworkers, but am still excited so thought I’d post them here as well:

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June 22, 2015

VR will be destroyed by the confused and the nauseous

Someone shared Tadhg Kelly’s article (?) about how VR is doomed, but here’s how you fuck it up further by struggling to make it work like other mediums. I posted a big angry rant in the comments. annnnnd here is that same rant right here on my blog! (sorry?).

Nothing against the guy personally. I have no insight into the minds of people who are made physically ill by VR, so maybe i’m under-appreciating their need to sabotage the movement. but. huh. so much rage.
giant rant in 3…2…1…

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April 20, 2015

We need a clearer message for VR “movie” experiences

It’s a very exciting time for VR this year. “Killer app” ideas are overflowing for the competing goggles that are rising up. (I have the google cardboard and GearVR, and plan to get the rest. But am also currently struggling to get my first test app out the door for GearVR, with all the oculusSDK/androidStudio/unity5 setup). Anywho. Was inspired by Simon Carless’s “the four horsemen of VR” blog post to try and lay down what i think is the messaging we should pursue for what will sell VR this year and next: the movies.

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December 16, 2014

GearVR is amazing

Bravo to Samsung and Oculus Rift! I just took my first jaunt into the GearVR gizmo with my GalaxyNote4 phone – and it was &#%@$!ing incredible.

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January 24, 2013

Fragmented vs. Overpriced – what is the future of online offerings?

I keep seeing a conflict concept which rises up between “tons of cheap but horribly fragmented offerings” and “singular, expensive, but high quality.” I cannot see a clear resolution (so am I blind here?).

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January 9, 2013

Motion Controls – why won’t you get it?

The grand Gabe Newell gave an interview with the Verge recently (which gamasutra covered here. I link to gamasutra because it has an intelligent commenting community), and several reporters I respect have claimed his words are important must reads. but. I really don’t agree. I don’t think he really says much that he hasn’t said before. and he embarrasses himself with regard to motion controls. so I wrote up a small rant, once again trying to explain the value of motion control…

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December 28, 2012

controller based mobile gaming?

Brandon Sheffield offers a cool interview with Tim Sweeney at Gamasura. one bit struck me hard:

“when you take that device and broadcast that image to the TV, then suddenly you just have a big, flat mouse-like surface.”

– for some reason this got me excited about the exact opposite experience: controlling your mobile device(s) with your console’s controller.

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October 6, 2011

eReaders and digital books – doomed?

Has anyone seen any good examples of digital comic books? (on eReaders or otherwise) If so, please comment.

I’ve come to think of comic books as my pulpy guilty pleasure. but I can’t stand them in any digital form I’ve seen. Whenever the-inevitable-transition-to-eBooks comes up, i think about comics. I’m sure I’ll enjoy fine literature in an eReader (potentially much easier to look up words, or references, influences, other people’s insights, etc.). But I think this is because some part of me treats reading “great literature” as a form of work. I can’t deny that eReaders offer many advantages as a tool for exploring great literature.

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August 31, 2011

Sony brings back Strap-On Displays

This gamasutra story caught my eye: Sony 3D Headset Coming To Japan This November.
so I posted this comment:

classically, VR goggles (“strap ons”) never caught on because:
– there was too much light/heat too close to your eyeballs (slight cookage). But maybe OLEDs won’t have this problem?

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April 8, 2011

Sleeping Gods: The meaning of “video games” (as computer-driven interaction systems?)

This was initially posted as a response to Tadhg Kelly’s blog post Techthulhu [Games and Future Fantasy] [@ whatGamesAre.com].

I think lack of sleep, yesterday’s ruminations on biometrics, and a few weeks of dissecting the philosophy behind joss whedon’s entertainment efforts all came together for me just now, to make a perfectly crazy ass rant. I started to re-read this and cringed. it might seem to contradict itself from once sentence to the next? is it one of THOSE crazy-as-fuck level rants? … huh. I dunno. but some of it struck me as very interesting. So i’m recording it here in my blog. hopefully revisit later (to either rethink it, or revise it to be easier to read). woof.
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