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VRCosplayX – When dirty VR cosplay fantasies become a reality – Sponsored post

***NSFW!*** I think it’s no secret to anyone by now that I (Robin Ek, TGG) love games, Gaming, cosplay and beautiful and sexy women. I mean, I’ve published about +2,000 posts myself on our site (the one that you got in front of your eyes right now). So I think it’s safe to say that I enjoy those subjects with… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

Flocklore

The mobile VR action-puzzle game “Flocklore” out now for Samsung Gear VR

RESCUE THE HERD IN FLOCKLORE, MINDFIELD GAMES’ NEW MOBILE VR ACTION-PUZZLE GAME. Guide the flock past wolves and obstacles in Mindfield Games’ action-puzzle game out now for Samsung Gear VR. Press release: Helsinki, Finland – April 21st, 2017 – Independent studio Mindfield Games today launched Flocklore, a new mobile virtual reality action-puzzle game designed exclusively for mobile virtual reality platforms,… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

Flocklore

The mobile VR action-puzzle game “Flocklore” is out now for Samsung Gear VR

RESCUE THE HERD IN FLOCKLORE, MINDFIELD GAMES’ NEW MOBILE VR ACTION-PUZZLE GAME. Guide the flock past wolves and obstacles in Mindfield Games’ action-puzzle game out now for Samsung Gear VR. Press release: Helsinki, Finland – April 21st, 2017 – Independent studio Mindfield Games today launched Flocklore, a new mobile virtual reality action-puzzle game designed exclusively for mobile virtual reality platforms,… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

editors picks

The 12 Best PC Virtual Reality Games

So you just bought a new PC VR system. Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, whichever. You’ve plugged it in, adjusted the cameras, cleared out some room, and you’re ready to play some games. Which are the best? Advertisement This list works a little bit differently from our other “Bests” posts. It focuses on PC VR, which includes games for both the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. All of the games on this list will work on the Rift, but several were funded or published by Oculus and won’t work natively on the Vive. Fortunately, almost all of those can be made to work with Vive thanks to the Revive project. (You can find a list of Revive-compatible games here.) There’s enough cross-compatibility that a combined PC list makes sense, at least for now. Sony’s PlayStation VR has its own distinct game library, so we’re treating that system as its own separate thing. We’ve capped our list at 12 games, and will be updating this post as new VR games come out. Superhot VR takes the bullet-dodging, balletic action of 2016’s Superhot and translates it into virtual reality. It’s READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Comic fair of Barcelona

A new VR game called “Gappo’s Legacy VR” is to be shown at the comic fair of Barcelona

I (Robin Ek, TGG) couldn’t help myself from smiling when I realized that pretty much everything that I thought of VR as a kid is now happening for real (more or less). I mean, at the time (mid 90s) I/we  only had access to Nintendo’s Virtual Boy (which was nothing less than a disaster) and some very primitive VR non for-sale consumer… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

You Can Watch Esports In VR Now, But Why Would You?

Image via Oculus Here are two questions an annoying friend or relative might ask you: “Does anyone actually watch esports tournaments?” and “Does anyone actually own a VR headset?” Advertisement A startup called SLIVER.tv has decided to combine these two head-scratchers into one bizarre business plan, which can be best summarized in one question: “Would anyone watch esports tournaments in VR?” SLIVER.tv is a VR streaming platform that specifically shows esports tournaments–and that’s it. Their streams feature both VR views “inside” the game during matches, plus interspersed footage from 360° cameras placed in the tournament venue. Advertisement To me, it doesn’t seem like there would be enough overlap in the hyper-specific Venn diagram of esports fans and VR fans to justify founding a startup to meet this hypothetical need. And the statistics mostly back up my gut feeling. As for whether anyone actually owns a VR headset, Viarbox reports that 92.5 million VR headsets shipped worldwide in 2016. 88.4 million of those headsets were Google Cardboard ones, which are the cheapest of the bunch. 92.5 million VR headsets is, admittedly, a bigger number than I thought it would be—but, again, 95% of those are Google Cardboard headsets, and at least…

body science

How to Play Virtual Reality Games Without Barfing

Virtual reality is the next big thing in gaming, but wearing the headsets causes motion sickness for some. Even I’ve experienced a little motion sickness while playing despite the fact I never struggled with it in the past (no barfing yet). If you’re worried about hurling, there are a few things you can do to make the experience more pleasant. Why It Happens Without going too deep into the science of it all—you can read more on that here—the cause of most types of motion sickness is sensory mismatching. Basically, your body thinks it’s sitting still because you’re not flexing muscles or showing other signs of motion, but your eyes and vestibular system are saying something different. If you’ve ever experienced a queasy feeling when trying to read in a moving car, you have an idea of what VR motion sickness is like. The mixed signals can cause headaches or induce hot flashes and sweating too, but researchers still aren’t completely sure why the body responds this way. Some of the more plausible theories out there suggest that the body mistakes the confusion as a warning you’ve ingested something toxic (like when you get “the spins” READ FULL STORY AT…

Games

I’m Getting a Little Worried About VR

Last week we saw the best of the best in VR at the Virtual Reality Developers Conference. It’s an offshoot of the Game Developers Conference, and both are professional trade shows that show off the next wave of new games. This year, though, was particularly important for the VR sector of the industry. Now that quite a few consumers have gotten their hand on the Vives, PSVR, the Oculus, or any of the portable headsets you can mount on your phone, they’re all waiting for more great games they can play on their expensive HMDs. But, I don’t think the next batch of games is coming. Sure, there are a few interesting projects on the horizon, like Mage’s Tale, a VR adventure in the same universe as a Bard’s Tale, but those are few and far between. Even worse many of these games come with some hefty reservations. Mage’s Tale, for example, still doesn’t have a solution to the movement problem, something I mentioned that VR devs would need to tackle months ago. Robo Recall, a free game from Unreal Developer, Epic, doesn’t push much either. And, in fact, it’s mostly a beefed-up tech demo. The only games that gave…

Games

YouTube Gaming Highlights New VR Videos

In the world of video game streaming, Twitch may seem impossible to beat. But if any entity can do it, it’s probably the Google-powered, beef-filled, internet video behemoth known as YouTube. Alongside other initiatives like YouTube Red and YouTube Community, for over a year YouTube Gaming has been the platform’s attempt to leverage its sizable amount of gaming content. You can easily search for specific games or personalities and watch live or pre-recorded videos. Meanwhile, virtual reality continues to grow into an important part of the gaming landscape, so YouTube Gaming is trying to get a piece of that. The service recently highlighted its selection of gaming VR videos. [embedded content] YouTube’s been planning VR gaming content for a while. It was something we talked about when I met with the company last year. Many streamers are also pondering how exactly they want to use the technology. YouTube Gaming has been working with creators to develop a variety of videos that can be enjoyed in glorious virtual cyberspace. VR Minecraft Let’s Plays, 360-degree trailers inside the world of Clash of Clans, live-action VR Call of Duty shorts, World of Tanks documentaries, READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

business

John Carmack Fires Back At Zenimax, Sues For $22 Million

John Carmack, co-founder of id Software and one of the key designers involved in the Oculus Rift, is taking his former employer Zenimax to court for “more than $22.5 million”, reports Dallas News. Carmack claims the money dates back to Zenimax’s purchase of id Software in 2009—it constitutes the remainder of Carmack’s share of that deal as one of id’s three co-founders—and that they are refusing to pay it because of “sour grapes” related to the ongoing legal disputes between Carmack’s current employers Oculus and Zenimax. Here’s a summary of Carmack’s complaints from the suit, which basically claim that his legal representatives wrote to Zenimax last month requesting that a number of shares in the company, which he received as part of the purchase, be converted into cash: Advertisement Advertisement TO THE HONORABLE COURT: Defendant ZeniMax Media Inc. will soon be obligated to pay Plaintiff John Carmack more than $45 million in cash under the terms of the Asset Purchase Agreement and a Convertible Promissory Note by which ZeniMax bought the assets of id Software, Inc. in 2009.Mr. Carmack’s READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

PlayStation VR

PlayStation VR Is Doing Better Than Expected, Sony Says

Image credit: Sony PlayStation chief Andrew House told The New York Times late last week that PlayStation VR has sold 915,000 units as of February 19. That puts the device on a path to exceed the company’s goal of one million sold in the first six months. Advertisement It’s not difficult to meet expectations when they’re set low, and Sony was clearly cautious when it came to making projections for the success of its new virtual reality technology. PSVR has been hard to find ever since it released last fall, with waves of pre-orders selling out quickly in the lead up to its release. In the months since it came out, getting the full bundle, including the headset, camera, and Move controllers, hasn’t been easy. “You literally have people lining up outside stores when they know stock is being replenished,” House told the Times. That was the scene in at major retailers in Japan last month when stores had to create raffles to see who would purchase their available stock. This took the company by suprise, apparently. “We were expecting it to be a lot smaller than it has turned out READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

digital effects

Gareth Edwards Used VR to Direct Rogue One's Digital Scenes

If there’s anything Star Wars fans know about Gareth Edwards, it’s that he’s a very hands-on director. A recent demonstration shows how Industrial Light and Magic found a way to bring Edwards’ physical camerawork to the digital stage for Rogue One, using virtual reality. Advertisement BBC Click shared a visit to ILM London to get a behind-the-scenes peek at Rogue One’s digital prowess, in the wake of its Visual Effects Oscar nomination. During the interview, computer graphics supervisor Steve Ellis discussed how much ILM admired Edwards’ ability to get physical with his camerawork on set, and revealed that the visual effects advisor wanted him to be able to do that digitally. So, they created what Ellis called a real-time virtual reality system, which was basically an iPad hooked up to an HTC Vive virtual reality controller. They’d pull up a digital scene for him, like the Star Destroyer’s scary reveal at the newly constructed Death Star. Then, using Steam VR tracking, Edwards would physically move the screen around, pinpointing what angle he’d want the shot to begin at and where he would want it to end up. The VFX READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

indie games

Waking The Glares chapter I and II is to launch on March 15th via Steam

“It is not wise to find symbols in everything that one sees. It makes life too full of terrors.” ― Oscar Wilde, Salome Press release: Palermo, Italy, February 15 2017: Italian developer Wisefool Studio is proud to announce that Waking the Glares – Chapters I and II, a story exploration game focused on the power of words and symbols, will… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

Defcon

Introversion Software joins the VR party! – Say hello to Defcon VR

Yes, you read the headline correct. Because Introversion Software has just brought their war room strategy game “Defcon” into the world of virtual reality: “Introversion joins the VR party! After Prison Architect, our most successful game is DEFCON – a nuclear war strategy game inspired by the 80s movie War games (If you’ve not seen it, do yourself a favour and check… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!