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(Kotaku)   Oculus Rift + Omni treadmill + Motion Control gun = shut up and take my headshots   (kotaku.com) divider line 10
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2975 clicks; posted to Geek » on 13 May 2014 at 10:49 PM (18 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-05-13 07:59:40 PM
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A) Nope. It's a novelty item. No way in hell will that actually take off. I play games so I can sit my ass down. The amount of running you do in one round of some of these games would be enough to say hell no. A battlefield map alone would put some farkers into cardiac arrest. This could maybe work in like a Dave & Busters where you have 16 set up with 8 vs. 8 teams and people pay by the round, but I couldn't see them selling enough home units to justify a big manufacturing run.

B) Whoever he was playing against really sucked. That one dude tried to knife him like 5 times before he turned around and shot the guy.
2014-05-14 01:50:44 AM
1 votes:
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2014-05-14 12:13:51 AM
1 votes:
It's awesome that this exists, and it's  a step forward (pun intended).  But it doesn't seem to allow for the same speed of movement or variety of movement options.  He's moving slowly, and doing nothing but turning and walking.

Plus, I'm willing to bet that thing chafes like a biatch.

This could be a step towards things like a Star Trek Holodeck.  The problem with that type of goal, however, is that it's limited by the user's physical capabilities.  I prefer to hope we're moving towards sensors that pick up signals from the brain (there are numerous such projects in progress), which allow for VR without being limited by physical capabilities.
2014-05-14 12:12:44 AM
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Dingleberry Dickwad: They had something almost exactly like this in some casino/amusement park in Nevada almost 20 years ago. I'll grant you the graphics weren't as good, but it was almost the same exact setup. I don't think it had a treadmill though, just a ring similar to that one that detected when you turned and I think you had to slightly lean on the ring for it to move you forward, and it had the VR headset with graphics similar to what you saw in Lawnmower Man.


I remember a game like that about 20 years ago in Dave & Buster's in Houston.  You had to wear this gigantic headpiece for the blocky virtual reality and wear a belt while standing in the waist-high ring.  The belt/ring combo detected your orientation and i think you could even squat to duck.  You held a gun controller that would shoot a very slow projectile when you pulled the trigger, and a button on the back of the gun moved you forward.  I had a blast in there, but the latency was horrible and it was an extremely slow paced game.

That reminds me, around the same time there was an arcade at a mall in Houston that had a Mechwarrior style game where they had 8 cockpits fully decked out with a joystick, throttle lever, multiple monitors and a bunch of blinky buttons that all did stuff.  100x more fun and no headgear necessary.

Anyway, what were we talking about?  Oh yeah, if all the parts to this makes it to market I'd probably go for it. I intend to get the Oculus when the consumer version is out anyway. Sure, the treadmill would probably collect dust most of the time, but I think it'd be pretty damn cool.
2014-05-13 11:15:00 PM
1 votes:
PAX east 2014 did one better than that:

http://youtu.be/nGIVMZwj1Q4

http://www.virtusphere.com/

I didn't try it because the line was just to stupid long, but the people in the hamster ball looked like they were having a good time.
2014-05-13 10:59:44 PM
1 votes:
They had something almost exactly like this in some casino/amusement park in Nevada almost 20 years ago. I'll grant you the graphics weren't as good, but it was almost the same exact setup. I don't think it had a treadmill though, just a ring similar to that one that detected when you turned and I think you had to slightly lean on the ring for it to move you forward, and it had the VR headset with graphics similar to what you saw in Lawnmower Man.
2014-05-13 10:59:19 PM
1 votes:
Isn't that an incredible handicap versus an opponent pushing a stick forward?

spamdog: Very cool, I like the idea. Would be better with specialized games that didn't require as much running as something like counter-strike.

I have to concur on the novelty factor, though, and the price.

It would be cool if someone made an arcade with a whole bunch of these, with specialized game software.
You could even have a harness that suspends you, so you can jump, low-G style.


You mean laser tag?
2014-05-13 10:56:54 PM
1 votes:
Very cool, I like the idea. Would be better with specialized games that didn't require as much running as something like counter-strike.

I have to concur on the novelty factor, though, and the price.

It would be cool if someone made an arcade with a whole bunch of these, with specialized game software.
You could even have a harness that suspends you, so you can jump, low-G style.
2014-05-13 09:21:35 PM
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scottydoesntknow: A) Nope. It's a novelty item. No way in hell will that actually take off. I play games so I can sit my ass down.


Ayup. Your average videogamer does not play for exercise.  Hell, I don't think a lot of them would even fit in that treadmill.
2014-05-13 08:09:26 PM
1 votes:
Wasn't this, like, exact thing in Disclosure?
 
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