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Virtuix Omni meets Oculus Rift

The best in home VR.

The omnidirectional treadmill takes the virtual reality experience to the next level. On the Omni, from Virtuix, you can run, strafe, turn, and even jump.  The VR glasses Oculus Rift bring you into the game. 

 

Virtuix Omni: http://www.virtuix.com starts at $499 for the treatmill, a pair of shoes and tracking software.

Oculust Rift https://www.oculusvr.com/ "development kit" version is for sale for $300

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Gamer discovers deceased father's ghost car, gets to race him again

Gamer discovers deceased father's ghost car, gets to race him again | World of Games | Scoop.it
YouTube comments typically fill one with shame and disappointment in the human race, but here's one that just might make you cry. Below a video from PBS
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'Sunset Overdrive' shows Ubisoft just how easy it is to put female assassins in a game

'Sunset Overdrive' shows Ubisoft just how easy it is to put female assassins in a game | World of Games | Scoop.it

If you're asking yourself what all of this means, well, last week Ubisoft said putting playable female characters in the franchise's next entry, Assassin's Creed: Unity, would require resources the team simply doesn't have.

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Microsoft’s Xbox One Controllers Now Work With PCs | TechCrunch

Microsoft’s Xbox One Controllers Now Work With PCs | TechCrunch | World of Games | Scoop.it
I've been gaming on a PC lately, and despite some initial frustration, it's been fun overall. But I've also been using an old Xbox 360 controller, even though..
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'Vintage' images of New York City taken with a GAME BOY camera discovered 14 years after they were snapped

'Vintage' images of New York City taken with a GAME BOY camera discovered 14 years after they were snapped | World of Games | Scoop.it
New York photographer David Friedman has unearthed some old photos. But these low resolution pictures were taken with a Game Boy Camera.
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YouTube to Acquire Videogame-Streaming Service Twitch for $1 Billion

YouTube to Acquire Videogame-Streaming Service Twitch for $1 Billion | World of Games | Scoop.it

"Google’s YouTube has reached a deal to buy Twitch, a popular videogame-streaming company, for more than $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the pact.

 

The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion. The impending acquisition comes after longtime Google ad exec Susan Wojcicki was named CEO of YouTube earlier this year."


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Netflix and media apps won't need Xbox Live Gold In June

Netflix and media apps won't need Xbox Live Gold In June | World of Games | Scoop.it
Netflix and entertainment apps no longer need Xbox Live Gold and more!
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Watch what happens when you pair an Oculus Rift rollercoaster with the real thing

Watch what happens when you pair an Oculus Rift rollercoaster with the real thing | World of Games | Scoop.it
It's hard to imagine getting bored on a roller coaster, but a pair of English gents figured out a way to make riding the rails even more thrilling:
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Creepily Realistic Avatars Are Giving 'Second Life' a Second Life

Creepily Realistic Avatars Are Giving 'Second Life' a Second Life | World of Games | Scoop.it

"It'll scare the hell out of you." (Creepily Realistic Avatars Are Giving 'Second Life' a Second Life http://t.co/K1u8VGHPUu #secondlife)


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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, April 28, 11:42 PM

Potentially, it could redefine our entire, analog concept of place and time. Rosedale thinks it’s going to be as big as the internet—society’s next big leap forward.

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Clever Hack Gives The Oculus Rift The Button It’s Missing

The first time people try on the Oculus Rift, they tend to have two immediate reactions. First: "Whoa." Second: "Wait, where's my keyboard? 

 

With this clever hack you can tap on the side of the device to make a selection,

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Someone Is Remaking Classic Zelda… in First Person 3D… in Virtual Reality!

Someone Is Remaking Classic Zelda… in First Person 3D… in Virtual Reality! | World of Games | Scoop.it

Ready for a trip down memory lane? A nice little hike up Mount Nostalgia?

Someone has set out to rebuild The Legend Of Zelda. As in, 8-bit, 1986, “It’s Dangerous To Go Alone” Legend of Zelda. But with a twist!

These guys are recreating the game in 3D. And, in one of the world’s finest examples of “because we can” hackery, they’re building it for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

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​The 24 Most Embarrassing Dungeons & Dragons Character Classes

​The 24 Most Embarrassing Dungeons & Dragons Character Classes | World of Games | Scoop.it
Fighters. Mages. Priests. Rogues. These are the primary four
character classes in Dungeons & Dragons, and they have served the
role-playing game well for over 30 years. But there are many others in addition
to these — some awesome, some weird, and some just ridiculous. Here are 24 real
D&D specialty classes that should force any player to make a saving throw
against shame.
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Pretty funny. They didn't all sound too lame.

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Kinect Avatar Creation - A Digital You In-Game

This Genius Kinect Rig Puts You Inside a Video Game in Two Minutes Flat

What if, the next time you played a video game, the main character not only looked like you but had the same body, same clothes, same everything? How would it change the way you related to the game? How would it change the way you relate to the other characters in it?

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Oculus to co-publish EVE:Valkyrie as launch title for Oculus Rift VR headset

Oculus to co-publish EVE:Valkyrie as launch title for Oculus Rift VR headset | World of Games | Scoop.it
EVE:Valkyrie is no longer just a neat proof-of-concept demo for Oculus' prototype VR headset -- it's now an exclusive launch title. Today, Oculus
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The Oculus Rift Game That’s So Real It Nearly Destroyed Me

The Oculus Rift Game That’s So Real It Nearly Destroyed Me | World of Games | Scoop.it
Was this the one? Was this the Oculus Rift demo where I was going to rip the whole thing off of my head and bolt out of the room?
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Watch Conan O'Brien make E3 2014 into an even bigger spectacle than it already was

Watch Conan O'Brien make E3 2014 into an even bigger spectacle than it already was | World of Games | Scoop.it
As if the game industry's annual trade show weren't enough of a spectacle on its own, massively tall comedian/talk show host Conan O'Brien took to E3
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Aftermath of the Battle of B-R5RB

Aftermath of the Battle of B-R5RB | World of Games | Scoop.it

Over $300.000, real USD (11 trillion ISK) lost in the EVE online bloodbath.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodbath_of_B-R5RB

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Game not over: Tetris turns 30

Game not over: Tetris turns 30 | World of Games | Scoop.it

One of the world's most popular and enduring video games, Tetris, celebrates its 30th anniversary this week.


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A short history of game panics

A short history of game panics | World of Games | Scoop.it

From pinball to porn to online poker.

 

For decades moral guardians have warned us about the alleged evils of video games. They make people violent. They make people gamble. They're too addictive, too hypnotic, too bloody, too risque. If they aren't leading kids to drugs or delinquency, they're turning them into school shooters. And they might even make you fat.

 

Here are some highlights from the history of game-driven moral panics.


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The Xbox One price drop isn't just to boost sales, says Microsoft

The Xbox One price drop isn't just to boost sales, says Microsoft | World of Games | Scoop.it

This morning, less than a year after Microsoft unveiled its Xbox One, the game console's price dropped from $500 to $400. How's Microsoft making up for the price difference? By removing Kinect, of course. 

Nicko Gibson's insight:

There are so many attractive alternatives now for gaming. Oculus RIft and Virtuix omni, both in that price range or cheaper. Heck, a gaming computer is in that range as well. For that reason a console is far down the list of next gadgets for me.

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This Oculus Rift Game Will Scare the Crap Out Of You - YouTube

We sat a few people down to play "Alone in the Rift", a terrifying virtual reality game for the Oculus Rift. To learn more about "Alone in the Rift", and to ...
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VR/AR What's better? Being in a virtual world or layering digital over real world? Comments - GameInformer

VR/AR What's better? Being in a virtual world or layering digital over real world? Comments - GameInformer | World of Games | Scoop.it
Would you rather have a virtual world created around you? Or see the world around you change?

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Virtual reality isn't widely available yet, but Oculus Rift test kits are in the hands of many, and interesting experiences are already being crafted.

Which technology has you more excited? Microsoft's IllumiRoom technology looks very cool, and doesn't require glasses, but it's hard to imagine that it will be more immersive than virtual reality hardware. Also, Microsoft may be working on a form of augmented reality gaming that requires headgear, anyway. I have my personal misgivings about virtual reality headsets, but you can't deny how quickly it pulls you into a virtual world.

Is there one technology you will be quicker to embrace over the other? Or are you happy with your interactive digital experiences the way they are?"

Dr. Pamela Rutledge's curator insight, April 26, 5:33 PM

The answer to this question if you're going to place bets is the answer to: which environment better facilitates fundamental human goals like social connection, identity and self-efficacy, virtual worlds or layering digital over the real world?  

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Mojang In Talks With Warner Bros. To Make A Minecraft Movie | TechCrunch

Mojang In Talks With Warner Bros. To Make A Minecraft Movie | TechCrunch | World of Games | Scoop.it
Mojang game studio founder Markus Persson, who was the main creative force behind worldwide indie game hit Minecraft, revealed via his Twitter account today..
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Nintendo Game Characters Show Up In Unlicensed Mobile Games

Nintendo Game Characters Show Up In Unlicensed Mobile Games | World of Games | Scoop.it

Copycat ‘Mario’ Lures Users as Nintendo Resists Phones.

Nintendo Co. isn’t offering Super Mario games on smartphones. Other people are.

 

A game called “Super Mario” was available to download on Baidu Inc.’s 91 Wireless online application store in China and yesterdaywas available on Samsung Electronics Co.’s online China app store. The title, listed as developed by Beijing Flyfish Technology Co., has multiple levels and shows the mustachioed plumber in a red hat and blue overalls jumping to capture mushrooms and coins. Nintendo rose in Tokyo trading.

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Player.me Wants To Be The Social Network for Gamers

Player.me Wants To Be The Social Network for Gamers | World of Games | Scoop.it

You’ve heard of About.me for profile pages. Well, there are plenty of gaming communities out there, but Player.me hopes to be the “about.me for gamers”. Obviously Playfire is a pretty big competitor but it would appear Player.me is trying to create a more open network that links to social more broadly.

The new privately funded gaming social platform launches in private beta today to give gamers and
games a one page online profile and centralized feed of updates.

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This real world Halo Energy Sword is pretty damn cool

This real world Halo Energy Sword is pretty damn cool | World of Games | Scoop.it
Master swordsmith Tony Swatton—who has crafted swords for about 200 feature films—has made the Halo Energy Sword. The end result is pretty damn neat, but my favorite thing about Swatton's videos is the process.
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