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SF/Fantasy/Horror Headline Summaries From Around The Interwebs – Oct 12, 2017

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Dragon Quest XI confirmed for Nintendo Switch.

Mass Effect Andromeda will be free to download with EA Access.

The Last Jedi’s crystalline fox is already a fan favorite.

Games Radar has a possible spoiler photo reveal for Game of Thrones episode 8.

Everything you need to know about Call of Duty WWII: Prestige.

Stephen King’s The Talisman heading to the big screen.

Bloody Disgusting asks for help ensuring the continuation of Ash vs. Evil Dead.

More headline summaries at the link below! Coming in all day long!

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Now People Are Trying To Break Records For VR

oculusFrom the “This can’t end well” files…

“Someone finally went and decided to try living in virtual reality for a full day, and in the process set an official Guinness World Record for the most time spent in VR while playing a game.”

Welp, there you have it, folks! VR’s not even months old and it’s already gone silly. Enjoy the details in the article and the non-VR video accompanying it here

(h/t mashable.com, thumbnail: oculus.com)

VR + Children = Zombies

oculusWell, at least that’s how the New York Post is putting it, writing that VR will be the last factor to turn our kids into Vidiots. Our favorite takeaway from the article:

“But soon, virtual reality is going to be for everyone thanks to products like the new Oculus Rift. In a few years, the device will be like an iPhone. Who won’t have one? HBO and Discovery have made large investments in this area. And virtual reality is supposedly remaking the world of pornography too.

Unfortunately, we have no idea what the effect of putting these headsets on kids will be. And the manufacturers seem to acknowledge that. Samsung’s manual for its Gear VR reads: “Not for use by children under 13. Watching videos or playing games with the Gear VR may affect the visual development of children. When children, age 13 or older, use the Gear VR, adults should limit their usage time and ensure they take frequent breaks. Adults should monitor children closely after using the Gear VR if children feel discomfort.” Ha!”

Read more about the descent of humanity into their self-imposed prison of ones and zeros here…

(h/t nypost.com, thumbnail: oculus.com)

At Last! Oculus Rift About To Ship

oculusIf you’ve been following this story with us for the last few weeks, you know what a not-so-virtual nightmare the reality of shipping of the Oculus Rift became.

“Recent reports suggest that the Oculus Rift is all set to be shipped apparently and it is perhaps the most well-known Virtual Reality headsets that are doing the rounds in the US. The Rift is designed by Oculus, which is owned by Facebook and has been the topic of discussion among a lot of people now. And it is high time that we get to know whether this VR headset is worth the wait. HTC’s Vive and the Gear VR will join the Rift in 2016 and not only that, Microsoft’s HoloLens is all set to beat the competition in this heating VR industry. VR headsets in general will see a huge growth from 2016 to 2017 and it will mainly be driven by hardcore smartphone users and gamers.”

Lots more info on the shipping, pricing, and backstory here

(h/t tgdaily.com, thumbnail: oculus.com)

VR Continues To Move Forward

oculusVR is off to a rocky start and you can see how hard of a time it’s having moving forward by just reading our posts on the difficulties with Oculus. Regardless, VR is going to be the next thing in the same way that hybrid cars and cell phones had a tough start but now you’re seeing them everywhere. Develop’s article goes into good detail about the role VR is starting to have in gaming and social interaction. From the article: “Bruce Wooden, head of developer and community relations at AltspaceVR, tells Develop how his team translated tabletop hits to the virtual space and explains why wearing a headset can be a highly social experience”

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Oculus Rift Launch Has Run Into Problems And Delays

oculusOculus VR has stated “there is a shortage of a component necessary for the peripheral to function.” Geek.com reports that some customers are getting emails warning of a shipping delay to May, June, or even August. This is disappointing as this product is obviously The Next Big Thing. We’ll keep you posted; in the meantime, you can get more info here….

(h/t geek.com, thumbnail: oculus.com)

Polygon Reviews The Oculus Rift In Detail

oculusThe first Oculus Rift units purchased by players, or given to early adopters as a reward for believing in the Kickstarter, begin arriving today. These aren’t development kits, or “Innovator’s Editions,” or any other qualifying term for hardware that isn’t ready for the mainstream. This is the real thing.

Retail virtual reality is here.  More

(image: oculus.com)

Oculus Founder Personally Delivers First Oculus To Lucky Guy In Alaska

oculusWe just published an article about the impending shipments of the first Oculus units and here’s a very cool PR move by the Oculus people. Video of the delivery at the link below.

“Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, is trying to get warm. “They have real buildings here in Alaska, I’m glad to report,” Luckey told Polygon. He had taken the time to travel to Anchorage two days before the Oculus Rift’s official launch to hand-deliver the first retail Oculus to a very surprised buyer named Ross Martin.” More

(h/t polygon.com, image:oculus.com )

Oculus Rifts Have Started Shipping

oculus…” it appears as if high end VR is here. Today, CEO of Oculus Brendan Iribe posted to Twitter that those who were the first to order the Oculus and got into the March window will begin to get their headsets from Monday. These headsets have now been shipped.”

And so it begins. If this product does what it’s supposed to, one day, just like Ataris, Walkmans, CDs, iPods, Priuses, we’ll all be saying we remember when we first started seeing these things appear. More….

(h/t bleedingcool.com, image: oculus.com)