Oculus Rift Teams Up With Razer Hydra For Some VR Goodness

Rift-Hydra

Oculus, makers of the Rift VR goggles, recently teamed up with Razer to use the Sixsense six degree, motion sensing, Hydra controller.  The controller allows the user to control two floating hands to interact with objects in the in-game world.

Oculus is displaying the new controller setup on a custom version of Oculus’ Tuscany demo.

The entire demo is quite impressive and really shows that now may finally be the time for gamers to embrace virtual reality gaming.

Check out the demo video after the break.

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DayZ, IRL, Short Film. Now I want a DayZ Full Movie.

DayZ, created by Dean “Rocket” Hall, is a zombie, survival video game mod built on the existing ArmaII war game.  Hall and his team of developers are working on a standalone version of DayZ which should be released sometime this year.

The guys over at Corridor Digital made this amazing short film based on the game DayZ.

Should DayZ be made into a feature length movie?  Why or why not?

JB

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DayZ standalone video released

Some exciting news over on the DayZ development blog. Rocket, Lead Developer on the Standalone and Matt Lightfoot, Production Assistant, have released a video blog, seen after the jump, covering some of the new updates on the game.

The video blog puts the development team closer to the games fans by allowing everyone to actually see what’s been going on over at the DayZ standalone camp.

The video shows off some of the new menu system, user interface and clothing system.  Later in the video they show off some tweaked areas of the map known as Chernarus, from the Arma II mod.  They also explain some of the loot spawn system.

“It would be fair to say that inventory and crafting are the key development objective currently, second only to the client/server architecture (makes DayZ more like an MMO), and new zombie AI mechanics (an ongoing task).”

It’s interesting to watch someone running around in the actual game world.  We get to see inside some of the houses and buildings that, up until now, we’ve only been able to see in photos.

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Grid 2 Release Date; Pre-order Bonuses

Following on the heals of the Grand Theft Auto V release date announcement, Codemasters, the developers of Fuel, Dirt and Grid have announced May 28, 2013 as the North American release date for Grid 2.  The UK will have to wait until May 31 .

To the right you can see the official box art which was also revealed.  The PS3, Xbox 360 and PC will all share the same box art.

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Grand Theft Auto V Release Date: September 17, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V has finally been given an official release date of September 17, 2013, four months after the originally planned release window of spring ’13.

As expected, this comes with a mix of fan reactions.  Form posts are ranging from disappointed to completely understanding:

“R* u let alot [sic] and i mean ALOT [sic] of people down today”  — TNAECW

“All I’m saying is Rockstar “Take all the time you need” There’s obviously a good reason, what would you guys rather?They rush it and it turns into a bad games which we’ll all be disappointed in … or an epic game Rockstar has promised?” — NUMBER1FAN

On their website, Rockstar apologizes and promises that “the entire team here is working very hard to make the game all it can be”.  They also state that they are doing what they can to “ensure [GTAv] will meet if not exceed your expectations come September.”

Rockstar is asking that fans try to refrain from being abusive in the comment section and, if necessary, they will suspend forum privileges:

… this does not give you free reign to be abusive in comments. The general rules of common courtesy, decency and behavior as listed above the Comment Box still apply here, therefore anyone continuing to post abusive comments will have their privileges suspended.

Although this is posted on the official Rockstar website, I’ve seen so many rumored release dates and read so many headlines and “insider reports” about the release that I find myself wondering if this is even true.

I don’t mind this date.  Rockstar calls this game “massive and complex” and if this is true, four extra months to work out any issues and add a little extra polish should be appreciated by any true gamer.

JB

Nightmare Busters for SNES possibly slated for 2013 release

Nightmare Busters

Super Fighting Team, a development, production and publishing company based out of California has announced plans to release Nightmare Busters, for the Super Nintendo, possibly this year.

This will be the first game released for the SNES, in North America, in almost 15 years.  President Brandon Cobb, in an interview with Chaotic Games, revealed no firm release date

As soon as the official release date is confirmed, it will be announced on our website and company Facebook page, as well as via e-mail to all of our pre-order customers and mailing list subscribers.

If you still have a working SNES system and have a liking for older 16 bit graphics, this should be a nice surprise for you.

JB