I found a refurbished HP Windows Mixed Reality headset for $160. It’s the cheapest way to do virtual reality. It does 95% of what the fancy/expensive HTC Vive does. They keep the cost down by using cameras on the headset to sense the controller position instead of external sensors. We cleared out a bunch of space in the living room and I temporarily moved my computer into there. The more space you can clear, the better. But being tethered to the computer with a cable is a pain. You almost need to play barefoot so that you can feel the cable with your feet avoid getting tangled.
I got to play Job Simulator in VR the other night at the mall. It was a blast! They had an HTC Vive set up. In the game, I was working in a small kitchen at a restaurant fulfilling orders. You can move around the small room and the motion is all realistic. I put my head into the freezer and started eating the food in there. I picked up some food and moved it to my mouth and started eating it. I moved things around with my hands to cook whatever was ordered. On the last order, I’d done something wrong and was about to run out of time so I just started playing around and throwing things on the stove, causing a fire. The display was a little more pixelated than I was expecting. And afterward, I was using my phone and had this weird feeling like I was still playing the game.
Why do games that seem to be kid-friendly suddenly ramp up the difficulty to an insane level? Super Mario Galaxy, Rayman Origins, and Ori all have this friendly cartoony look to start…by the end of the game, you’re lucky if you’re getting through the game just by luck, trying the same level over and over again.
Well, anyway, as we just finished Rayman Origins, here’s the best song in the game. Catchy
Some Black Flag Sea Shanty mp3s from Ubisoft
Leave Her, Johnny
The Rio Grande
Fish in the Sea
Paddy Doyle’s Boots
The Worst Old Ship
‘Way Me Susiana
Where Am I To Go M’Johnnies
Hauley Hauley Ho
Running Down to Cuba
The Coasts of High Barbary
Bully In The Alley
The Dead Horse
So Early in The Morning
I’ve been trying a game on my phone called Ingress. It’s a GPS game where you gain points or energy by walking around. It doesn’t work at driving speeds…you have to walk. (It was initially developed by Google to get people to photograph monuments and public things they were looking for images of.) There are 2 teams. At some monuments or public areas there are “portals” that can be captured by either side. To capture a strongly held portal, you’d either need to walk around a lot to get energy or bring a lot of people from your team.
I joined the Enlightenment because it seems to be the losing side and I wanted a challenge. 🙂 Everybody picks the Resistance.
Sean had a nightmare last night where he couldn’t jump in videogames.
Here’s my review of Eyepets and Friends…a game we recently found on sale for about $5. You might think from the name that this game is about virtual pets or something. Surprisingly, this game is actually all about helping the game find the floor. You start up the game and place your PlayStation Move controller on the floor to help the system figure out where the floor is. We played the game last night and were unsuccessful in getting past this “level”. I’m guessing that the game is best played 3 inches from the sun so that it has enough light to actually get past the calibration phase.
Seems logical. You can pre-order them now if it’s that important to you.
For winter exercise, we got Everybody Dance. It’s a Playstation game where you hold light bulb controllers and mimic dance moves on a camera. It has the embarrassing option to record your dancing and upload it so that others can see it. (From what I hear, Just Dance 3 is a better alternative for kids, without risque videos and songs.) Anyway, it accomplishes the goal of getting some exercise nicely. It teaches you more than Dance Dance Revolution did, since you’re not just stomping in a square pattern…not to say that I actually look like I’m dancing. Here‘s a video of Mia and Sean.
We happened to be near an R/C hobby shop yesterday so we went in. They had a PC with RealFlight R/C flight simulator set up. It was really neat to be able to fly an R/C plane, crash it, reset, and try again. It had a real R/C controller. I assume it can simulate harsh New Mexico desert winds. Unfortunately, the price is $100 for the most basic version. I think you can get a cheap battery-powered plane for that much. As long as you don’t crash it, it’s more cost effective. I wonder if those trick R/C helicopter pilots practice with this software.