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Re: RandomThread II

Postby zombie@computer on Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:38 pm

Athlete{UK} wrote:Hope everyone is [...] happy wherever you are.
We have little choice at the moment :D
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Re: RandomThread II

Postby Athlete{UK} on Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:11 am

zombie@computer wrote:
Athlete{UK} wrote:Hope everyone is [...] happy wherever you are.
We have little choice at the moment :D


Very true, also hello Zombie, long time now see :D
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Re: RandomThread II

Postby Add-9 on Sun Apr 12, 2020 1:42 am

The fact that this place still exists is probably the best news I've seen all year.
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Re: RandomThread II

Postby srredfire on Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:52 pm

Don't worry guys when the Alyx SDK comes out we'll get at least one new post!
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Re: RandomThread II

Postby zombie@computer on Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:19 pm

srredfire wrote:Don't worry guys when the Alyx SDK comes out we'll get at least one new post!

Anyone played the alyx game? I watched a playthrough on youtube, I'm not going for VR in the near future. Not because I'm cheap, but because Im not going to spend nearly 1k on something I will probably get sick of (literally) within the hour or so :) Might buy it if someone is able to create a proper non-vr mod (including changes to gameplay of course, the VR game is way to easy in normal mode).
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Re: RandomThread II

Postby [frank] on Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:31 pm

zombie@computer wrote:
srredfire wrote:Don't worry guys when the Alyx SDK comes out we'll get at least one new post!

Anyone played the alyx game? I watched a playthrough on youtube, I'm not going for VR in the near future. Not because I'm cheap, but because Im not going to spend nearly 1k on something I will probably get sick of (literally) within the hour or so :) Might buy it if someone is able to create a proper non-vr mod (including changes to gameplay of course, the VR game is way to easy in normal mode).


I've played through the first few hours. I'm definitely on the cheap side so it wasn't my own setup but a friend's that I tested it on. Admittedly, older VR hardware (first gen Vive) but it still got the job done.

It's a neat game.

That's probably my feelings about it summed up to be honest. Other than one moment of motion sickness inducing activities (I had the manually climb ladders setting on and that sent me spinning), it's really polished, feels like a quality valve production, and, assuming I played further, probably added to the half-life universe storyline well. I don't think I could justify spending the 1k on a good VR headset, and another 1k upgrading my desktop to more modern specs to play it for myself though.
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Re: RandomThread II

Postby srredfire on Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:35 am

zombie@computer wrote:
srredfire wrote:Don't worry guys when the Alyx SDK comes out we'll get at least one new post!

Anyone played the alyx game? I watched a playthrough on youtube, I'm not going for VR in the near future. Not because I'm cheap, but because Im not going to spend nearly 1k on something I will probably get sick of (literally) within the hour or so :) Might buy it if someone is able to create a proper non-vr mod (including changes to gameplay of course, the VR game is way to easy in normal mode).


A couple of lopers and myself sold our CSGO inventories on the Steam marketplace which for most of us paid for most, and in some cases all of the Index package. I myself had a Vive previously and so that combined with my inventory (which was just sitting unused) allowed me to get the whole Index for free.

With that said, I thought Alyx was pretty great. There's a lot of things I think people take for granted when it comes to VR, especially with quality titles like Alyx. The level of interactivity is unparalleled to anything else, and graphically it's quite impressive. Easily the best looking VR game to date.

The Index really is the first VR setup where I really think it's getting somewhere. The lenses and screen are pretty damn clear and the finger tracking on the controllers adds a lot of feeling of actual control and immersion. That being said, I don't know if I would realistically drop a grand on the whole setup, I just happened to be lucky to be able to afford it by other means. I've not tried something on the lower end like the Samsung Odyssey VR, which is supported by Alyx and Steam as well. So there isn't a huge, huge gatekeeping in terms of money when it comes to playing VR games, but you get what you pay for. Alyx was made for the Index in mind, and while other headsets work with it, it's clear that the Index will give you the best experience.

All in all I'd recommend it as beyond Alyx there's starting to become a fair amount of REAL quality titles for VR, and not just "experiences". While I get peoples hesitation with VR, and while I prefer flat-screen gaming still, I think VR is now in a place where it's not just a gimmick and it's legitimately enjoyable.

If you wanna come over and play Alyx on my rig then feel free. You buy the plane ticket, I'll buy the pizza.
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Re: RandomThread II

Postby Smurftyours on Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:51 am

srredfire wrote:You buy the plane ticket, I'll buy the pizza.

Pepperoni shots? :P
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Re: RandomThread II

Postby srredfire on Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:45 am

Smurftyours wrote:
srredfire wrote:You buy the plane ticket, I'll buy the pizza.

Pepperoni shots? :P


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Re: RandomThread II

Postby stoopdapoop on Thu May 14, 2020 8:20 pm

The Index really is the first VR setup where I really think it's getting somewhere. The lenses and screen are pretty damn clear and the finger tracking on the controllers adds a lot of feeling of actual control and immersion.


I agree with everything you said in your post, but especially this. I've been working in VR since before the release of the oculus CV1, I've tried every headset and have many hours logged in most of them, but the index is the first and only one that I actually felt compelled to buy for home use.

I paid sticker price for it, and I don't regret it. Although I admit I've been playing more BeatSaber than anything else...

Alyx was great, I don't know how a company that doesn't make games anymore was able to pull it off. I'm very much looking forward to whatever comes down the pipe next.

At the moment I still prefer "flat" games for the most part, and the activation energy required for me to feel like putting on my headset is still quite high. often I'll kinda wanna play something, but do I really wanna go through all the trouble?

I feel like when making a vr game you need to create something that has a definite start and finish, if you try to make the next chill game or mmo or whatever then you'll have a lot of people just putting down the headset one day then never picking the game back up, but maybe I'm wrong. There's gotta be a compelling reason to put the damn thing on, imo.
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Re: RandomThread II

Postby Smurftyours on Sat May 16, 2020 3:26 am

Half Life Alyx authoring tools out. Congrats lopers, we survived lmao
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Re: RandomThread II

Postby srredfire on Wed May 20, 2020 5:01 am

If you consider life support surviving.
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Re: RandomThread II

Postby YokaI on Fri May 22, 2020 8:20 am

srredfire wrote:If you consider life support surviving.


With how 2020 has been so far, it could be worse!
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Re: RandomThread II

Postby Woe Kitten on Sat May 23, 2020 12:13 am

Hey old friends! I miss ya :) Just almost ended up working with a fellow loper without realizing it. Pretty cool moment!
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Re: RandomThread II

Postby srredfire on Sat May 23, 2020 1:05 am

Woe Kitten wrote:Hey old friends! I miss ya :) Just almost ended up working with a fellow loper without realizing it. Pretty cool moment!


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