melee-master posted on May 01, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Just bought the Oculus Rift

I've literally never been so excited for the launch of something before. This thing is going to completely revolutionize gaming. Even in games without head tracking the sheer immersion factor will be phenomenal. A few hours ago I preordered the dev kit which is scheduled to ship in June. I wanted to preorder sooner but I needed to be sure that I had enough money for my bills and my flight to Chicago in a few weeks.

No idea if I'll actually develop anything, but I do know one thing: I want it and I WANT IT ASAFP. As soon as fucking possible :D TF2 already supports it, Hawken is going to support it, The Gallery is a sweet looking game designed from the ground up for it and Minecraft is going to get support for it eventually. The list is bigger than that though, and I'm sure it'll get bigger and bigger pretty quickly. The reviews of it all say it's amazing and the first device to get VR right.

I'm also so excited that I've already downloaded a couple drivers that will let me play games that aren't officially supported with it. The consumer version will blow it away in terms of specs, but I don't feel like waiting until early 2014. And now I have even more of a reason to buy a new graphics card...

Anyone else gonna get the dev kit? It's $300 USD + $45 shipping (for me) which ended up costing $356 CAD.

http://www.oculusvr.com/
Edit:

VR desktop: http://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=423

melee-master posted on March 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Photography and more PC splurging...

Since my last blog a month ago I've continued to upgrade my computer and its accessories. The main thing I need now is a graphics card. I'm going to hold out on that a bit longer because I need to save money for traveling, I want to get something good and prices will drop.

New additions: Corsair TX750M, 2*8GB Corsair Vengeance Black, ASUS Xonar Essence STX, Logitech Illuminated keyboard, Corsair Vengeance M60 laser mouse and the Razer Goliathus Gaming Mat (Control edition, mid sized). So current specs are now:

Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.5Ghz
32GB Corsair Vengeance (RAM)
ASUS Sabertooth Z77 (mobo)
Intel PRO/1000 CT (network adapter)
Zalman Z9 Plus (case)
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB (SSD)
2*500GB (Hitachi Deskstar, Seagate Barracuda)
ASUS Xonar Essence STX (sound card)
ATI Radeon HD 4600
Corsair TX750M (psu)

The Xonar Essence STX is seriously amazing. It blows my previous Creative sound card out of the water. Not only is the sound incredibly clear and warm, it has an internal headphone amp that can drive headphones that have up to 600 ohms of impedance. My Sennheiser HD 558's are only 50 ohms. To give you an idea... if I maxed the volume, it would blow them and really fucking hurt my ears. If you love listening to music a lot, this sound card is totally worth spending $200 on.

I've also been getting into photography. Until a few hours ago I've been shooting auto - from now on I'm only going to shoot manual. Here are some shots from the past week or so:







Can't wait to go out and get the hang of manual. Also, panoramas. Need to start bringing out the tripod. :D

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

melee-master posted on February 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM

How many of you use Skype?

I know FSX does but that's it. Would there be any interest in a 64D group Skype chat? I do that with other online communities I'm involved in and it's great.

(And yes I know there's IRC >_>)