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gadgetry video games

Valve’s VR Headset Announcement

HTC and Valve announced the HTC Vive today, a headset similar to the Oculus Rift. The differences are in the head tracking, a slight increase to resolution compared to the Oculus Rift DK2, and a custom game controller.

Similar to the VR room demo Valve had at Steam Dev Days, the HTC Vive will have tracking for your location relative to the physical room you’re in. The VR room demo used something similar to QR codes printed out on the walls to do this, the HTC Vive uses SteamVR base stations. The SteamVR demo at dev days was super impressive when I got to try it, and kind of ruined the experience of trying the Oculus Rift. Nothing on the Rift could match the feeling of scale I got from the SteamVR demo. It must be even more impressive on this new hardware.

Developer kit ships this spring, user version late in the year. Between this, Oculus, Nvidia announcing something soon, and Sony’s headset, some standard API will need to emerge to support all of them and I bet that’s what Valve will focus on fixing.

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video games

Great interview with Gooseman

After four years in North America, I ran out of money and a friend of mine encouraged me to come to Korea as he told me there would be many opportunities to market my game there and fund development. I spent the next two-plus years working in Korea with some really experienced programmers and some local Korean artists. The language barrier was terrible to overcome and it’s still quite challenging but we make do. Lots of screaming and chair-throwing really smooths the process out.

via GameSetWatch – Interview: Counter-Strike Co-Creator Minh’s Tactical Intervention.

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linux video games

Summary of Phoronix/Steam/Linux Situation

thanks to Nemoder for the graphic and Phoronix for ragging on Steam + Linux + UT3 non-stop.

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video games windows

Tom Francis, His Gnome, and Left 4 Dead 2

In the Dark Carnival campaign of Left 4 Dead 2, you can win a garden gnome at the fairground near the start — and there’s an achievement for carrying it all the way to the end. It is, in fact, the same goddamn gnome I carried through Episode goddamn Two, for the same goddamn reason: there was an achievement for it.

By the end of that ordeal, I prayed I’d never set eyes on his (“stupid fucking”) face again — but here he is, and here I am, and here we go.

via I Played Through Left 4 Dead 2 Holding A Goddamn Gnome, by Tom Francis.

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video games

Steamy Sales

Steam has a sale going on for all three Company of Heroes titles including the new game (Tales of Valor) at $40, Peggle Complete, including Nights and the original Peggle Deluxe ($10), and 50% off all Strategy First titles, including a discount on the pack which includes all of their games on Steam ($74.99).