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Re: Mustachian video gamers - what are you PLAYING?
« Reply #850 on: March 30, 2017, 11:32:12 AM »
Anyone here get one

Yes! They are mind blowingly awesome. The sense of immersion is hard to describe to someone who hasn't tried it. You are THERE in-game.

and think it was worthwhile?

No! The experiences that I've tried have not had much replay value. Before you toss cash at one, go back to your friend's place and try the same games again. The novelty factor is high. The replay factor is low. Your mileage may vary.

If they were $150, it would be worth it. However, they are much more than that. If you aren't rocking a GTX1070 or better, you'll want a better video card as well.

I can see them having a large impact on visual based businesses... I have walked around "inside" of Sketchup drawings of a house that I designed. There's no comparison of how much better the visualization is inside of VR. I immediately changed the size of a few rooms, and validated a few lingering questions I had about ceiling height and spacings. That's very powerful to be able to do this before you have even lifted a hammer. If I were an architect I would be all over this. The difference between seeing it on a set of plans and then seeing it in VR is as big as the difference between 2-D and 3-D games.

I got the PSVR and have loved it, the feeling of immersion is completely different. It is however not fully worked out yet. There are of course the minor things such as improving the fidelity both in output of the machines running the VR.

Since 2 viewpoints have to be generated the actual amount of detail you can put out on the same machine in both non-VR and VR are vastly different. Even more so you can get away with 30fps in non-VR, yet VR really needs 90fps or more to not make it very uncomfortable and this again requires you scale back the detail in what your machine can display. An example with PSVR is that though non-VR games on PS4 look much better than PS3 when the effort is put in to get the most out of it, however VR games have trouble even matching PS3 levels of visual detail. Also 1080p when on the TV on your wall from a distance looks very crisp, but when strapped directly to your face this is nowhere near as sharp. These are just the visual aspects that definitely could use some maturing.

There are also things such as that moving around in a virtual world is still not completely figured out without most people getting sick and not using a massive and expensive rig such as the  Virtuix Omni or the HTC Vive Roomscale setup.

Another thing that could immensely improve immersion is more accurate body tracking, being able to track your fingers instead of having to use a controller would be a massive improvement in immersion and the same for accurately tracking the rest of the body. If a machine could be built that works similar to Kinect, but is able to use much higher resolution cameras and track your full body and all joints involved this could be a game changer in that respect. However doing so at this time though feasible technically I believe is still a ways off where it would be affordable enough to be potential consumer tech.

Another thing thing that I think will be necessary in the end is to have some kind of standard for VR. Different VR headset should in the end be no different than different TV models. You should be able to switch to a different VR headset and still play your games/software that worked with the previous set so long as they both meet the minimums required by the standards set. There might be a difference in resolution, more accurate tracking etc and more, but they should be able to support the majority of software with minimal work on the consumer end.

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Re: Mustachian video gamers - what are you PLAYING?
« Reply #851 on: March 30, 2017, 03:54:41 PM »
Finally FINALLY finished FFXV this past weekend, and no spoilers, but I spent the next three days crying after the ending.   I'm still tearing up when I think about certain scenes and listen to some songs.  There were a lot of things (A LOT of things)  about that game that, if I were the director with unlimited resources, I would have changed or tweaked, but there's no denying the emotional impact of the game and its characters, that's for sure.

I kind of want to play something fun and funny to lift up my spirits now... any recommendations for someone with a gaming PC, PS2, PS3, and PS4?

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Re: Mustachian video gamers - what are you PLAYING?
« Reply #852 on: March 30, 2017, 04:05:11 PM »
Finally FINALLY finished FFXV this past weekend, and no spoilers, but I spent the next three days crying after the ending.   I'm still tearing up when I think about certain scenes and listen to some songs.  There were a lot of things (A LOT of things)  about that game that, if I were the director with unlimited resources, I would have changed or tweaked, but there's no denying the emotional impact of the game and its characters, that's for sure.

I kind of want to play something fun and funny to lift up my spirits now... any recommendations for someone with a gaming PC, PS2, PS3, and PS4?

Try Portal 1 or 2! Excellent change of pace and quite humorous.

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Re: Mustachian video gamers - what are you PLAYING?
« Reply #853 on: March 30, 2017, 04:22:51 PM »
Finally FINALLY finished FFXV this past weekend, and no spoilers, but I spent the next three days crying after the ending.   I'm still tearing up when I think about certain scenes and listen to some songs.  There were a lot of things (A LOT of things)  about that game that, if I were the director with unlimited resources, I would have changed or tweaked, but there's no denying the emotional impact of the game and its characters, that's for sure.

I kind of want to play something fun and funny to lift up my spirits now... any recommendations for someone with a gaming PC, PS2, PS3, and PS4?

Try Portal 1 or 2! Excellent change of pace and quite humorous.

You have excellent taste, and apparently so do I, as I have actually played them both and loved them.  Portal 2, especially, I'm a little shocked they were able to capture so much of the fun from the first game! :3

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Re: Mustachian video gamers - what are you PLAYING?
« Reply #854 on: March 31, 2017, 10:30:01 AM »
Don't Starve and Don't Starve Together are pretty fun games. They are pretty difficult and can be quite frustrating though!
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Re: Mustachian video gamers - what are you PLAYING?
« Reply #855 on: March 31, 2017, 12:48:03 PM »
Just ordered Persona 5 based on my buddy's recommendation to try the Persona games. I'm not thrilled with a $48 purchase but I will easily resell the game on Amazon if I don't like it.

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Re: Mustachian video gamers - what are you PLAYING?
« Reply #856 on: April 04, 2017, 12:47:09 PM »
Finally FINALLY finished FFXV this past weekend, and no spoilers, but I spent the next three days crying after the ending.   I'm still tearing up when I think about certain scenes and listen to some songs.  There were a lot of things (A LOT of things)  about that game that, if I were the director with unlimited resources, I would have changed or tweaked, but there's no denying the emotional impact of the game and its characters, that's for sure.

I kind of want to play something fun and funny to lift up my spirits now... any recommendations for someone with a gaming PC, PS2, PS3, and PS4?

Wow ! I have heard it's as good if not better than FF7 but I (for whatever reason) bought it right after it came out. Played it for about 3-4 hrs - did some chocobo racing and basically haven't picked it up since. Being an adult and what not makes it hard to just pick up and play this game...meh maybe I'm just too old for videogames now?!?

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Re: Mustachian video gamers - what are you PLAYING?
« Reply #857 on: April 04, 2017, 12:49:52 PM »
Finally FINALLY finished FFXV this past weekend, and no spoilers, but I spent the next three days crying after the ending.   I'm still tearing up when I think about certain scenes and listen to some songs.  There were a lot of things (A LOT of things)  about that game that, if I were the director with unlimited resources, I would have changed or tweaked, but there's no denying the emotional impact of the game and its characters, that's for sure.

I kind of want to play something fun and funny to lift up my spirits now... any recommendations for someone with a gaming PC, PS2, PS3, and PS4?

Wow ! I have heard it's as good if not better than FF7 but I (for whatever reason) bought it right after it came out. Played it for about 3-4 hrs - did some chocobo racing and basically haven't picked it up since. Being an adult and what not makes it hard to just pick up and play this game...meh maybe I'm just too old for videogames now?!?

I actually haven't played FFVII, so I can't compare.  I'd say if you like the open world, ramble around, do whatever mechanic, you'll definitely enjoy the first part of the game, and the second part is much more linear and stays strictly on-plot.  That said, the game is best enjoyed having spent a lot of time hanging around and doing whatever in the beginning before proceeding.  It took me nearly 4 months to finish the game too, while I had friends who beat it the weekend they got it... it's been hard making time for games now that I'm an adult and have so many other things to focus on, but I'm glad I made time for this one.

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Re: Mustachian video gamers - what are you PLAYING?
« Reply #858 on: April 04, 2017, 01:25:17 PM »
I hadn't played any games in over a year, but I found myself laid up on the couch all weekend with a bum foot, and I was reminded what a pleasant distraction they can be in such situations. As it happens, I had long ago bought the first two Mass Effect games on Steam sale, but never got around to playing them. Given that the new one just came out, I figured it was the perfect time to try the earlier installments!

AFAICT (and please correct me if I'm wrong), neither ME1 or 2 support a game controller on the PC version. Which kind of sucks since for normal (non-gaming) input, I'm rocking a long-range wireless keyboard/trackpad combo (only thing that works well from the couch).

Fortunately these two games are playable with the trackpad (unlike some others where the mouse sensitivity seems to be completely off the charts). ME1 even has a setting to increase the "targetting assist" so that my clumsy swiping gets me close enough to actually hit something!

However, ME2 is a bit more "shooter-y" and requires more precision; so far my "soldier" character is being seriously out-classed in combat by his techy squad-mates. And at least one of the mini-games ("bypass") turns out to be practically un-playable, due to a very short timeout when trying to select a second item. I'm getting by so far, but I may have to see if I still have the older mouse/keyboard setup I used before I moved the the current combo device...

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Re: Mustachian video gamers - what are you PLAYING?
« Reply #859 on: April 14, 2017, 02:50:38 AM »
I finally caved in and bought a PS4 bundle that included Horizon Zero Dawn. The game looks awesome @ 4K and HDR and I'm really enjoying the game play as much as everyone has been raving about.

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« Reply #860 on: April 14, 2017, 10:11:56 AM »
Have been playing Persona 5 and it's really good. Long game...over 100 hours per play through. It's possible to get into even if you haven't played the other Persona games.

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Re: Mustachian video gamers - what are you PLAYING?
« Reply #861 on: April 17, 2017, 08:40:48 PM »
I finished Shadows of Mordor.  I may pick back up on The Last of Us -- I haven't finished it yet and it's been quite a while.

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Re: Mustachian video gamers - what are you PLAYING?
« Reply #862 on: April 18, 2017, 01:55:42 PM »
Hitman - ps4 - great game especially for 20 bucks !

Never played any of the other games or watched the movies for that matter.

Seems pretty well thought out though. Not exactly metal gear solid level of stealth type of game fun but still enjoyable.

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Re: Mustachian video gamers - what are you PLAYING?
« Reply #863 on: April 20, 2017, 09:33:59 AM »
Playing an old one that I got for free sometime ago (I really have no idea when I got this but it was in my steam account):

Realms of the Haunting

Controls are really wonky as this was a pre WASD and mouse movement first-person game, but it has been pretty fun.  The graphics and FMV/acting are pretty hilarious but there's decent enough atmosphere.
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Re: Mustachian video gamers - what are you PLAYING?
« Reply #864 on: April 20, 2017, 02:35:03 PM »
In case anyone missed it - starcraft is free. Many, many days were wasted playing this game when I was younger. So much fun in the custom games

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