VR Catching On?

Interesting uses of Virtual Reality Headsets are turning up. Some examples:

Obduction – Of course games. This is a big Myst sibling puzzle game where you are magically transported to an alien world and have to figure out how to get home. The graphics are awesome. All versions of the game will have VR support. The game is out and the VR updates will be sent along.

Sketchfab: Largest Social Media Site for 3D Objects Adds VR Navigation – This is the first web site I’ve heard of that is designed for VR. The highlight isn’t the VR oriented content but the VR oriented site design.

Hospitals Try Giving Patients a Dose of VR – They are using VR to help with pain management. It’s a distraction thing.

Paraplegics regain some feeling, movement after using brain-machine interfaces – Surprising.

Gear VR – Samsung is selling their nice headset for the Note 7 for US$99. I am eligible for a new phone… tempting.

Politicians and Photo-Opts – I didn’t see this one coming. I’m hoping Wiener doesn’t find out about VR.

OBDUCTION Released

Today is the day. If you are a kickstart supporter you should be getting an email with the download instructions. I got mine today. Click the enclosed link to Humble Bundle then choose Steam or GoG. I went with Steam. If you haven’t used Steam for a time, I haven’t, their directions aren’t that easy.

Obduction Delivered

Obduction Delivered

Where is Steam’s download? The menu path is Top Menu: Games->Activate a Product. Enter the key given at Humble Bundle. Continue reading

Obduction System Requirements

The discussion over on the Myst and Obduction forums is about whether most of the people will need a new computer or not. The minimum hardware requirements are pretty high. See: Cyan Worlds’ Obduction July Release.

Obduction - Cyan Worlds

Obduction – Cyan Worlds

There is enough of a commotion about hardware the Cyan Worlds peeps have posted: Obduction VS. Hardware.  Mike Dogherra explains his experience with the game. He doesn’t address the Oculus Rift aspect, which I think is why we see such high specs.

While I could be wrong, I think much of this is about Cyan covering their butts and controlling expectations. They do not want to get ripped on for giving people simulator sickness.

Cyan Worlds’ Obduction July Release

Cyan Worlds is the maker of the Myst series of games. A couple of years ago they started a Kickstarter project named Obduction. Obduction will be the first PLAYABLE VR game released. I think the definition of playable is probably the key to that statement.

Previously planned to release in June this year, a number of reasons came together to move Cyan to shift the release date to July 26, 2016. Click the Kickstarter link above for the reasons.  Continue reading

Obduction Coming in June

Quoting: Welcome to Obduction, Cyan’s highly anticipated spiritual successor to Myst. This teaser trailer finally pulls back the curtain for a sneak peek of what to expect. Obduction is scheduled for release in June 2016.

A couple of months and I’ll have a copy…

OBDUCTION Getting Near Release

If you are a long time reader, you know I came from the Myst gaming community. I am a big fan of Myst Online: Uru Live. Cyan Worlds the maker of Uru has been working on a new game for a couple of years: OBDUCTION.

Obduction Release

Obduction Release

Game Tyrant has an article about their experience with OBDUCTION at the Cyan offices. See: Exclusive: We Played OBDUCTION, the Spiritual Successor to MYST and it is BrilliantContinue reading

Obduction – Myst’s Successor

I am a Myst games fan. I am looking forward to Cyan World’s new game Obduction.

Hayden Dingman at PCWorld wrote an article about Obduction having live-action Non-Player-Characters (NPC). You can see live-action NPC’s in a video of Senza PesoI (below – link), a trailer for an Oculus VR experience. If you have a VR Headset, the video is in Oculus format.

Apparently Obduction will work with Oculus and similar VR headsets. The Cyan peeps rant into the problem of how to put video of RL actors into a virtual world and not break the immersion. While some games have animated avatars (in SL we call them bots) Cyan found that outside their expertise and thus too expensive for them to do. Since this game is funded by a kickstarter project the budget is constrained. They looked for a cheaper way.

Their solution is to film with 2 GoPro gamers to create 3D video. They use a green-screen room in the basement of Cyan’s studio. The character can be placed into the virtual world. You can see that in the video above.

I think the idea is to be similar to what Cyan has done in the past. When they reach a point where they need to tell some of the story, they move to a cut scene and the NPC tells you whatever is needed by the story line. It would be rather jolting to go from a VR experience to a 2D movie. This style of video cut scene will allow them to maintain the illusion of the world they are building.

Look for more details about Obduction to appear in August 2015.