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HTC Vive: My Life Is Now Virtual (Review)

After a month of backlog and cluster-frocks that is the shipping system HTC put in place to send out their VR systems, I finally got the chance to explore virtual reality. My inner Trekkie was thrilled when the box arrived around 12:30 PM on Thursday June 2nd. Both Mr. Canuck and I were biting our nails in anticipation for our own ‘holodeck’ and now we both can’t get enough of it.

Now, if you do not know what a Vive is… put simply it is a headpiece that displays images in front of your eyes and makes you feel like you’re inside a game. For more information check out my earlier post regarding this wonder in technology HERE.

SETTING UP THE SYSTEM:

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Super simple and easy to understand instructions that would flawlessly with our computer system. It took longer to move the couch and television out of the living room than it did setting up the Vive equipment.

Why the living room? It was the biggest space next to our master bedroom… and before you asked why we didn’t choose the master bedroom – we did contemplate it and kind of still are.

The Vive also has a great way of knowing where your boundary is. Once the stations are set up and have measured the perimeter of the play space they create a grid like pattern warning you of the places where the play area ends. This could mean stairs are beyond that point (we moved the couch in front of those to prevent injury), glass doors, or walls.

COMFORT:

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The adjustable straps are helpful and the htcviveheadpiece isn’t that heavy. The controllers are easy to us and comfortable to hold. I am prone to hand cramping with my PS2 controllers and that hasn’t happened with the Vive.

The reason I didn’t give a 10/10 for this are for two reasons.

One: the cord annoys the carp out of me. It wraps around my feet and break the immersion of the game. The cord also gets twisted up and pulls on the USB ports that causes the images to stutter sometimes also break the immersion.

Two: the material around the eyes gets nasty and by nasty I mean sweaty. After playing some hardcore archery game or music game that requires a lot of movement you are going to break a sweat… sweat that gets absorbed into the headpiece and makes it really uncomfortable to use.

GAMES:

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OH MY GODS I love the games for this system. Those games that are offered for free and those games you have to pay for all have something to love. If someone was to make a garbage can simulator it would be popular because everything in VR is fresh and exciting. One example of a simple yet amazing VR game is Job Simulator. It is funny and has its quirks but it makes simple tasks like working in a kitchen or fixing cars so much fun.

I will probably do some reviews on the games offered for VR that I’ve played… but if I can suggest one other to try – Tilt Brush. I made a 3D tree and camp fire just by drawing them in this VR world. Mr. Canuck has even found me laying on the floor looking up at the ceiling with the biggest smile on my face while where the helmet because I can draw things that become reality. Yes, I sound crazy… but try it and tell me you don’t feel the same.

With most VR games there is a lot of movement involved. Either you are moving your arms, bending, crawling, jumping… it doesn’t matter what these games get you active without you even thinking about it. I’ve never had a game make me physically tired before, which in my opinion is a great thing. Being active was what the Wii was supposed to do and they advertised that… but VR gets you moving without you even thinking about it.

The only issue I have with the games at the moment is the use of teleport. Yes, there are a few games on the market that actually design their game about using the given space of the room to their advantage but the majority of the game requires you to teleport around. This at first is intriguing but if the game relies mostly on you travelling about a level the teleport feature grows tedious and boring.

The best games I found that I’ve enjoyed require very little movement for your feet and focus the attention to using your arms to aim/ interact with the environment.

OVERALL OPINION:

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Overall this is a great gaming system but it lost points in the Comfort section. As much as it didn’t feel heavy when wearing it, it lost points when it came to losing focus on the main point of a VR system. VR’s main focus is to immerse a player into a virtual world… so it is disappointing when that player has to pause the game to untangle themselves or untwist the cord. I appreciate everything this system offers for the first generation Vive system but hopefully in the future they will design a cordless system that will making playing a lot smoother.

With that said I would recommend this system to anyone interested in VR. If you are a gamer, artist, Trekkie or what have you – HTC Vive is something you should consider checking out.

At the moment they have estimated about 50,000 Vives have been sold and this is a new market for game developers to jump into. I don’t foresee VR going the way of the Wii or 3D television as VR gives a player a raw, fully immersive experience. From the games I’ve played I can honestly tell you that VR is the future of gaming. I’m excited to see what is going to come out for VR in regards to RPG and other open world games. I also hope that in future development that VR developers will come up with better ways than to teleport everywhere. I want to run around and explore… LET ME BE FREE!

That said you must also understand you will appear strange to anyone not using a Vive. As the device only is capable of showing the wearer the image that means they will look like they are flailing around are a horde of bees while participating in their game. Also look out for those walls… they can sneak up on you when you aren’t paying attention to the boundary lines.

Anyways, that’s all I have for now regarding my review of the HTC Vive. If you have any other questions or comments leave them below and I’ll get to them as soon as I can. 🙂

30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 7

 

List Ten Songs That You’re Loving Right Now

WARNING: Some songs have strong language. 

|One|

Ethnic Zorigoo Ft. Zaya (Tatar) Khuleg baatar

The song is a rap and Mongolian throat singing mix. You want music that will pump you up this is the song to do it. Whenever I’ve doing cardio or writing a scene where my characters are running/ escaping/ having an epic battle this is the song I listen to.

Oh, and the music video is pretty awesome too. I love Tibetan Mastiffs… to bad they are massive and I’m so tiny.

|Two|

Wazer Wifle – Open Mind – Fallout 3 Rap

I love this song only because of it’s nerd credit. The crew that came up with this song brings back all my Fallout memories and it is easy to sing along to.

|Three|

Ichirin no Hana – High And Mighty Colour

Call back to my J-Rock/ J-Pop days. I fell in love with this song in high school after hearing it as the opening of season two or three of Bleach. I just thought it was awesome, and has a similar sound to Evanescence.

|Four|

Until the Day You Die – Abney Park

When I went through my Steampunk phase I couldn’t help but fall in love with Abney Park. To this day this song is on my favourites list. It just has a unique old timely sound that not many bands share.

|Five|

Stardust – Gemini Syndrome

I’m all over the place when it comes to music. I think I like this band because it reminds me of Blind Guardian, Skillet, and Rise Against.

|Six| 

Trooper – Iron Maiden  & Army of the Night – Powerwolf

If you hear Trooper or Powerwolf blasting I’m probably pissed off at something, or need a pick-me-up. I don’t know why, but death metal/ hard rock makes me feel better…

|Seven|

Riptide Le Vance Joy in Gaeilge

I love the original version but there is something about kids getting together to share in their passions that makes this so much more magical. Also it is in Gaeilge (Irish Gaelic). You can’t go wrong with listening to anything in Gaeilge. (I should know… I have a vast collection of Gaeilge music…)

|Eight|

Rule the World – Walk Off the Earth

They are a Canadian band from Burlington, Ontario… which is like 30 minutes from where I grew up. I couldn’t help but be a proud Canadian and share the awesomeness of this band.

 

|Nine|

Fight Song – Rachel Platten 

This song… what can I say about this song…

It is powerful. It is motivating… and probably helped hold me together when I lost the most important person in my life. This song pushed me to find the light in a shitty situation, and Child of the Light was born.

This song helped me re-evaluate what I was doing with my life, and helped me realize I was happiest when writing. Life is short and you need to do what you love. My mom taught me that and the song helped me focus enough to see that.

|Ten|

Shut up and Dance – Walk The Moon

This song has taken over my life. I scream sing it whenever it comes on the radio… which makes it awkward when it plays at work but people are starting to realize that this is my song.

I went through an 80’s music phase in high school and this just reminds me off all the good music I had blasting on my SanDisc.

This song also reminds me of my mom, as she would have likely gotten up and scream sung the song along with me. It brings back a lot of good memories and is probably why I love this song more than I should.

I’m not going to lie… 1 million of those 157 million views are probably me. XD

*BONUS*

Downtown – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Let’s be honest. My list wouldn’t be complete without Macklemore… he’s my boy. Plus, I love musicals and this song just radiates Rent for some reason…

The Forest: Discovered the Cockpit (Part 3)

|Cockpit and Microchips|

I didn’t have to travel too far through the woods to make it to a water source. A thin river and from the taste of it salt water meaning I’m close to an ocean. Bad news, I won’t be able to drink the water. Good news, I have pop and mini alcohol bottles to keep me hydrated until I do… hopefully.

I followed downstream over some rough terrain until I saw what looked to be the cockpit of the plane resting in the middle of the water on an island. The closer I got the more suitcases I found, meaning more supplies.

Everything’s coming up Milhouse I guess…

Upon closer investigation of the cockpit I found some microchips and a flare gun. Unfortunately the pilot and co-pilot didn’t survive. The blackbox was damaged, and it’s not like I could really use it for anything anyways… so I left it in the cockpit.

I buried the two bodies on the shoreline across the way in hopes that would keep the larger predators away. The flare gun may scare the small one’s off, but bears in Canada are known to be bold.

I sat along the shoreline to recover my strength. Ate a candy bar (I hate Skor they make my teeth stick together) and a Orange Crush. Those won’t last me long… so hopefully I find those nudists who took my son within the next couple of days.

I don’t know why I took the microchips from the plane. I’m guessing out of habit, since I collect that kind of stuff to upgrade computers back in New York. Maybe with enough willpower I can make a router or maybe upgrade my cellphone to boost a signal or something…

Whatever, I’ll figure out some use for them… I should keep moving…

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The Forest: Scavenging What Remains (Part 2)

|Tennis Balls Suck|

Okay… I have some good news and bad news.

Good news, I found myself an axe.

Bad new, the stewardess is dead.

Now before you freak out, no I did not – I stress DID NOT – kill the stewardess. The best I can come up with is the emergency axe came loose during the flight and lodged itself in her chest.

I guess I won’t be axing her what happened…

Too soon? Yeah… too soon…

Anyways, I looked around the crash site in hopes that maybe my son was wandering around but it appears my worst fears have come true.

Nudists have taken my child.

Asides from my worst fears being realized I broken open some of the suitcases laying about and found supplies. Cloth, snack bars, alcohol, and money. If I was in Vegas I’d be having a blast right now.

Oh, and note to future self – if you ever go on a plane again don’t pack freaking tennis balls. They are useless!

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How the heck am I going to survive on tennis balls!?

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The Forest: My Plane Crashed & Timmy’s Gone

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Gah, my head’s killing me. I know there is a better time to be writing this but I don’t want to forget anything that’s happened in case it comes in handy later during the lawsuit.

My son – Timmy (his mother named him not me… I wanted Inigo Montoya… but she said no) – and I (James) were traveling to visit family in Vancouver (Canada) when the plane hit turbulence and was torn apart. I blacked out from what I’m guess was sudden decompression and woke up in a haze… at least I think I woke up… maybe I was dreaming…

Anyways, I believe I woke up to some naked guy with red body paint looming over me and my son. I couldn’t do anything… I… I think he was taken – Timmy not body paint guy.

I blacked out again and woke up some time later to birds chirping. I was laying in the aisle of the plane. I ate the open plane food and took some mystery meds. Honestly… didn’t read the label and don’t care what the side-effects are now that my head doesn’t feel like a freaking drum.

Lucky me, my backpack stayed under the seat so I have my notebook and picture of my son. I’ll scavenge what I can from this mess and hopefully find something that will tell me where I am… if not… I don’t know what I’m going to do.

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