Apr 05

Game of Disappointment: Season 3 Ep 1

Game of Disappointment

Back during the first season of Game of Thrones I was faced with three choices. To read the books and potentially no longer like the TV series. To watch only the TV series and try to avoid talking or reading about it so I don’t get spoiled. Or to look up all the spoilers and just watch the TV series. I chose the first option, and while it was easily the most rewarding, getting to see the trials and tribulations of the characters in a much more in depth and personal way. I was worried that it would have another effect on me, and that it would ruin my TV viewing experience. I loved the first season, I couldn’t wait but a week before picking up the first four books. In a short time I had already finished them. And then came the second season, and all my fears of not being able to enjoy it were confirmed.

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Apr 03

We Are VR: Oculus Rift

VR Troopers

When I was young I enjoyed getting to visit arcades every so often. They’d have the usual cabinets, all the classic games, huge consoles to try your hand in everything from sniping with a full sized rifle to punching the bejeezus out of a bag in an attempt to gauge your strength. ┬áBut one time I found something different. I recall very vividly a time I spent in a large arcade in Branson, Missouri. There is where I encountered my very first Virtual reality setup. A gigantic contraption even came complete with a treadmill to walk on and a helmet with wires strewn all around. The game wasn’t anything special, simply a big extremely low poly-count FPS. But still the machine had a huge line. So much so that despite trying my best to get a turn, that turn never came. It was my very first time seeing anything VR, and it instantly cemented my love for the empty genre. Many years later I’m finally seeing the beginning of what is hopefully a surge of interest in the VR world. The single most promising virtual reality platform the world has ever seen. Oculus Rift.

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Mar 27

Punishing the Whole Class: DRM

DRM TitleRemember when you were younger, sitting in a classroom, diligently listening or working while a couple kids goofed off. Then suddenly your teacher not being able to take anymore would explode, making the whole class skip recess as a punishment? Remember how unfair it felt as a child to be chastised for something you didn’t do? To be punished for being good and doing what you were supposed to? Well that feeling of anger and frustration has come back with a vengeance in nearly all forms of media, but never more invasive and broken than in Digital Rights Management in Video games.

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