Ahead of the Nintendo/NX curve, again

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There’s rumours of the NX working with smartphones, PCs, and even competing games consoles like the PS4—now possibly being a universal controller crossed with a handheld or something like that—as well as a recent patent that shows a controller with a touchscreen across it’s face, and there’s even talk of the console being a home/handheld hybrid system, among other things.

And if it turns out the NX actually is some kind of universal console/PC controller that’s also a self-contained portable then I’m calling it now that I thought of something just like that a long time ago, and it’s from the same two main designs that I’ve brought up time and time again recently.

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A sneak peek at Chapter 5 of my virtual reality novella, Presence (first draft)

Note: This is actually a fan made image for No Man’s Sky, but it looks close to how I imagine the world in my story looking, specifically when the player is playing a space-shooter VR game called The Last Galaxy, and I just thought a pic would be nice. 🙂

Chapter 5

You maniacs. You blew it up!

I hadn’t touched the computer since the previous afternoon. Maybe the random crashes I’d been experiencing throughout the week had something to do with Polybius—I was seriously beginning to suspect that was the case—or maybe the machine really was on the fritz. Either way, I didn’t want to jinx it. It was twenty past five, however, and it was nearing the time that Polybius had said he would contact me again. I pressed the power button on the computer. At the very least, I wanted to make sure everything was ready and waiting—because I wasn’t going to miss that particular message.

While the computer was warming up I took a routine look out the window, just to make sure the world outside was still ticking along. I looked up at the sky. It was dull and grey, as though it was about to rain. I looked down at the street. The same old—wait . . . what was that? A police car was parked on the road below, positioned right in front of the flat. My heart skipped a beat. Could the police be here because of—

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Kirk’s Top 10 Super Nintendo Games (in pics)

Seeing as it’s my favourite console of all time, I decided it would be fun to list my personal Top 10 SNES games (shown in pics/screenshots).

First, the Runners Up/Special Mentions: Here’s a few games that didn’t make the Top 10 list but are still some of my favourites on the system:

U.N. Squadron

Super Punch-Out!!

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The Stunning 3D Art of VR

Everything about this video makes my heart soar. It’s basically everything I love in one place—animation (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast), virtual reality (interactive entertainment), childlike wonder, imagination, and creativity:

Seeing the potential of VR in this way makes me feel like a kid. Everything is new again. It’s magical. 😀

And while I’m on roughly the topic of 3D animation, I might as well post this Academy Award winning Disney animated short (Yup, it’s actually 3D):

Soon you’ll be seeing lots of 3D animations like this in VR, and in VR you’ll even be able to freely look around the 3D scene too. 😀

Giving VR Flight

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An introduction to Animal Instinct (an idea for a new VR game).

The games starts the same for every person: In almost complete darkness and silence.

You look around, turning your head left and right, and up and down, trying to find something of interest or some hint as to what you are supposed to do. But you can’t see or hear anything other than a very subtle red tint to the darkness and the quietest of muffled sounds, which you can’t quite make out clearly.

It’s dark.

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