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It's ... er... research

Posted March 13 into Games by John Birmingham

Seriously thinking of getting this game simply because the open world design looks very similar to what I'll have to do with Zero Day Code (minus zombies).

For those not up with current events, ZDC is my End-of-the-World Patreon project that just got picked up by Audible. It's The Stand, without a supernatural meta story. (Or Days Gone without the running dead).

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she_jedi mumbles...

Posted March 13
Research is critical. You should get onto this :)

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Barnesm mutters...

Posted March 13
I don't know if it's research but it does look like something I could sink enormous hours of time into.

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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted March 13
Over at Kotaku reviewed it thus "Jason, Kirk and Maddy touched on Days Gone recently in the Splitscreen podcast, describing it as "the most AAA-arse video game" imaginable. That's basically saying that Days Gone tries to merge every possible mechanic and system from every other AAA open-world game in recent memory, and after three hours with the game myself, it's pretty accurate".

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon asserts...

Posted March 13
My video game playing days are behind me. I look at the quality of what these games offer these days and sigh wistfully. On the plus side i have 5 acres to look after and nurture (semi sarcasm intended)

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted March 13
Five acres, eh? That'll come in handy when the dead rise up. Apropos of nothing... where do you live? And do you keep weapons?

FormerlyKnownAsSimon has opinions thus...

Posted March 14
ha. Not going to tell you city dwellers!

(it's out between Lithgow and Bathurst). The land is poor for farming but doesn't stop cows and sheep. Also some very handy nature reserves and state forests on the doorstep for exploring. Unfortunately the nearest pub is about 10kms away.

jl asserts...

Posted March 14
Rural life, you have to drive a lot. Has its upsides, though. Quiet, roomy, and clear fields of fire against threatening hosts of the undead.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon has opinions thus...

Posted March 14
Zombie hoardes? No problem but if it gets into the wombat population we're all screwed. Those little tanks of blood thirsty one minded purpose? Zombats has to be a good b movie right?

Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted March 15
Zombats!! It could be a classic! Followed up by the inevitable DropBears and Pozzoms. Has to be shown on all flights into Oz as a documentary.
Reminds me of the Japanese hioneymoon couple in Cairns that called the front desk to tell us there was a wani in their room. Wani being crocodile which truned out to be a gekko.

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rainburger asserts...

Posted March 13
Really looking forward to this, It sounds great, the audible deal just makes it sweeter. When does it come out?

Also, I don't keep up with your news as well as I could, so I will just ask. Any news on WW3.1?

Also been hanging for new Dave for quite a while and was wondering about that as well.

Sorry to pester, I just love your writing and am generally impatient.

Keep it up John.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted March 14
WW 3.1 should be drafted in about five weeks. It's my primary title now. Dave is delayed at the bar.

Rob has opinions thus...

Posted March 15
more Dave. Maybe just sell the rights to Netflix? just sell it as a Orc-romcom with embiggining. That'll work.

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Oldy would have you know...

Posted March 15
It looks great. Like GTA San Andreas only with this decade's graphics.

Also, I'm busting for WW 3.1. Axis of Time was my intro to all things Birmo, and I'm especially fond of Ivanov and your Prince Harry. Keen.

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AR Walking Dead game

Posted August 31, 2017 into Games by John Birmingham

This trailer is little more immersive than any game would be. You'd still be seeing the world through your phone screen.

But still. It looks cool.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon has opinions thus...

Posted September 1, 2017
Was having a discussion about the trajectory of games for VR - our limited point of view was that end game would be a fully immersive situation like WoW, D&D or a zombie shoot em up. No need for any other advancements if they can pull that off : )

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Dave W mumbles...

Posted September 1, 2017
I'd be a shitload more likely to play this than Pokemon Go. That is all.

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Dirk is gonna tell you...

Posted September 1, 2017
Yeah nice. But I would go for the "Arise, young Padawan" experience of this one ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnZj461eruQ
and
http://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/jedichallenges/

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Lucky thing I finished that book

Posted December 5, 2016 into Games by John Birmingham

Because I just found out there's a new single player Mechwarrior game coming out. I played soooo much of the old version back in the 90s and it's a shock to see it with these souped up graphics.

Engadget has your briefing here.

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KreepyKrawly reckons...

Posted December 5, 2016
Hopefully they don't screw it up like MWO. I was a top-tier founder for MWO, started out great, then succumbed to the QQers and get rich quick publisher.
The turn-based Battletech game is set for beta soon, and looks cool.
The one thing that I hope will save MWO is the new game runs on the unreal 4 engine.

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Gilligan would have you know...

Posted December 14, 2016
I wonder if you'll be able to jump in a Locust, run in under their arc of fire, and just chop the legs out from under them like in the original Mechwarrior.

That'd be sweet. :)

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RDR2

Posted October 21, 2016 into Games by John Birmingham

No. Not R2D2's cousin from the sticks.

The new Red Dead Redemption trailer.

It looks awesome and I am ridiculously excited.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien asserts...

Posted October 21, 2016
Yes! Here's to all the doubting Thomases who claimed that this was just an internet rumor, doomed to roam development hell. I never lost faith.


There's something almost mystical about the Wild West, and this game lassoes and rides that spark well into the sunset.

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Murphy_of_Missouri mutters...

Posted October 21, 2016
I found the game itself to be frustrating to play, but I did enjoy the granular details to be found in that hybridized version of the American West.


My peers in education often talk of using technology to teach history to students. I wish one of those technophiles would find a way to convert gaming systems like this for the classroom.


And maybe the combat mechanics have improved on this model.

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DaveC asserts...

Posted October 21, 2016
Loved RDR. It felt like a spaghetti western novel with characters who were elevated above the usual gaming tropes. Even though I could only get 'dead eye' to work twenty percent of the time...

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Bondiboy66 has opinions thus...

Posted October 24, 2016
Hope they release a PC version this time...

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Fallout 4. Anyone lost in the wasteland yet?

Posted November 14, 2015 into Games by John Birmingham

I would desperately love to spend a couple of weeks in this post apocalyptic Hellscape, but my real life deadline Hellscape is even more scarifying, so I haven't even bought it. Not like The Witcher 3 which lies unplayed at the top of my stack o' shame, hiding GTA 5, which I loved as much as GTA 4, but had no more luck finishing than I did Mass Effect 3. All of them great games. None of them even a quarter finished.

I sometime wonder whether I buy these things not to play them, but because of the illusion they offer. The mirage of a day when I met have enough spare time to actually indulge myself. Until then I can but live vicariously through Mister Barnes, who I assume has given up his day job to walk the radioactive wastes.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted November 14, 2015
I have been lost in the Wasteland my whole life, constantly annoyed by the cry of gulls, the deep seas swell and concerns with profit and loss.

But Hellscape sounds great.

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Raymond Camden puts forth...

Posted November 14, 2015
Nice to know I'm not the only one with a shameful pile of unfinished games. Not that I don't play quite a bit... but *finishing* a game is sometimes just out of reach. (But hey, I hit 40 in Destiny, that counts, right?)

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Murphy_of_Missouri swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 14, 2015
I've never been able to get into this series.

And I don't have a gaming console anymore. Hell, World of Warships chews up plenty of time if I let it.

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damian would have you know...

Posted November 14, 2015
Looks like my 5 year old laptop will handle it okay... that could be optimistic though. Academic, no way I have time at this stage.

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NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 14, 2015
When one opens a can of Child Rearing it stay clearly on the tin: Caution: Time is your rarest commodity and everything takes priority over fun.
Like boats & tents I suspect people buy games with a hope that they'll make the time to play them.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 14, 2015
The primary aspect of your "child rearing" has concluded, mate. If you don't have time to play video games, it is for some other reason. Perhaps your excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages is responsible.

damian reckons...

Posted November 14, 2015
I see no incompatibility between excessive consumption of alcoholic beverage and playing video games.

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted November 14, 2015
Indeed.

NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted November 14, 2015
OT, excellent State of Play Near Earth Objects, sans hyperbole.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a17822/the-asteroid-hunters/?utm_source=nextdraft&utm_medium=email

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Rob puts forth...

Posted November 14, 2015
My wife pointed out the other night that I'm not really a gamer. So I have all these games unplayed like Crysis and world of tanks.
I usually just play Battlefield and leave it at that. CoD just got silly, I will probably give Battlefront a go. I have buckets of time, but I always get the feeling I should be making media not consuming it.

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TeamAmerica asserts...

Posted November 14, 2015
Off-topic, but JB s a sci-fi writer, so here is the 'World of Tomorrow,' today:
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/13/us/google-self-driving-car-pulled-over/

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she_jedi swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 15, 2015
My game playing career ended around Police Quest 2 / Kings Quest IV, and was resurrected late last year when I discovered Assassin's Creed. I no longer feel guilty that I only managed to finish AC3 two weeks ago (and still in the middle of the AC3 DLC) with Syndicate coming out in November. I've actually finished FOUR games this year, while working full time and studying part time. *Smug*

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Barnesm mutters...

Posted November 15, 2015
Can't post, too busy trying to get to Diamond City whilst dealing with some troublesome Yao Guai

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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted November 15, 2015
Besides I've told you before.
Fallout aren't games, they're training simulators.

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Mayhem's Mum has opinions thus...

Posted November 15, 2015
My dear gentlemen, your gaming concerns are as nothing compared to the distressing incident which occurred this very day in the dank depths of my Lord and Master Greybeard's (Keeper of the Flame, Bringer of Gruel, Provider of Subservice Internet) oubliette. His intermittent Wifi led to a rather unfortunate disruption of one's Candy Crush Saga update. One has been forced to commence the game from level 1. As the game had been at level 498 before this calamity, one is now contemplating the unleashing of a venomous ire the likes of which my Lord and Master Greybeard (Holder of the Torch, Tamer of Rats, ERSTWHILE Provider of Subservice Internet Or Else) has heretofore never imagined. He has been warned!

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Spanner swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 15, 2015
Does a game count as being on your pile of shame if MrsS won't let you buy a new console to play it on?
Asking for a friend.

Darth Greybeard is gonna tell you...

Posted November 15, 2015
Maybe if you didn't come home from Sydney, reeking of stale beer and fresh farts, with eyes like blood-drenched poached eggs, breath straight from Satan's bottom and then, THEN, try to deny you'd been on the turps?

Barnesm would have you know...

Posted November 15, 2015
Would fresh beer and stale farts be better?

Darth Greybeard has opinions thus...

Posted November 16, 2015
I think those are Spanner's default setting.

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pi mutters...

Posted November 15, 2015
Sigh... I'm studying. So no time for games. No time for books. :( Exam is in two weeks. Too long...

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yankeedog mutters...

Posted November 16, 2015
A couple of my coworkers are hip-deep in Fallout 4 as I write this. I personally don't have time to get immersed in those games.

I do enjoy the music in the Fallout series, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7Fpp2VT5lk

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Shifty Tourist ducks in to say...

Posted November 16, 2015
Got it last week, managed a couple of hours on the weekend, and it is awesome. There is nothing like wandering around a nuclear wasteland with the Inkspots singing I don't want to set the world on fire lilting in the background.

Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted November 16, 2015
but after 70 hours of playing you do start wishing for a larger play list.

Shifty Tourist swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 17, 2015
I have yet to have that problem, sadly though this is because of the intrusion of adult responsibilities, and the withering looks of Mrs Tourist while gesturing meaningfully towards the real life wasteland... the backyard, having the effect that having 70 hours to, in Mrs Tourists words "waste", on Fallout being a bit of a luxury.

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My VR headset gets closer

Posted October 29, 2015 into Games by John Birmingham

Couple of years ago, okay, maybe ten years ago, we had a chat about VR gaming and why there were no decent HUDs available. This was years before Oculus Rift was even a thing, let alone before the Zuck bought it for two billion dollars.

It seems the day is getting close now when consumer grade VR gaming will be in our lounge rooms. Ben Grubb and Tim Biggs platyed with Sony's headset and wrote up a nice report for the Herald today. There's still issues, espcially with fitting the device, doubly so for people with less than perfect vision, but the interface seems to be almost good to go and the UX is compelling.

I had so much fun playing the demo of London Heist Getaway — it's a completely different way of playing a video game that got the adrenaline pumping. The two Move controllers become your left and right hands and can be used to pick things up in the car you're travelling in (in the passenger's seat of course).

Apart from throwing things at the driver, you can reload your gun with magazines and then shoot at your opponents using the gun. It felt liberating to play this game without being confined to a PlayStation controller. I could freely move my hands around (looking ridiculous to the real world). I'm hoping that other controllers come out in the future that make the game feel even more real.

I wonder though whether this will remain a niche product, simply because of safety problems and simple friction. It's obvious from reading the review that you rerally are completely cut off from the real world. A simple coffee table in your gaming space could end up being stupidly hazardous while you navigate the battlepace in something like COD or MW. If you have to fit the headset and move furniture around, it sounds like it could be even worse than the 3DTV debacle.

On the other hand, sit down games, like flight sims, mech sims and driving titles seem well suited to the UI. Running and gunning not so much. That wouldn't bother me, because I'm not much a shooter. But I wonder how a hybrid like GTA would go. There's a lot of driving in that series, but also a lot of walking and running and moving through complex urban spaces. Could be great. Could be awful.

Ben told me via Twitter this moring that there digital fencing systems on the way, to define a safe area in which you can move around. But how many people have that much clear space in their lounge rooms. (Strangely enough, I do. But I'd guess most don't.)

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Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted October 29, 2015

"But how many people have that much clear space in their lounge rooms" -perhaps it will need to be played ... OUTSIDE!

IN a similar vein Gizmodo had a piece by Darren ORF reviewing the new app Oculus released and how he watched Netflix in VR and now reality seems hollow and pointless.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon is gonna tell you...

Posted October 29, 2015
i'm going straight out to buy a warehouse. This could be used for something like laser skirmish. But you just have an empty warehouse and all the obstacles are CG in the headsets. It would be like printing money with no overheads. You could have different scenarios with the flick of a program - different worlds - anything.

pi asserts...

Posted October 29, 2015
That's the point. You don't need a warehouse, all you need is a garage. As long as the software can 'soft' show you that you're approaching the bounds of your allowed space, I can't see it being a problem. With online gaming, you don't need a warehouse with everyone in it... you need 20 people playing in their garages against one another.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 29, 2015
Terrifying. Deeply disturbing.

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Nocturnalist would have you know...

Posted October 29, 2015

MECH SIMS!

Just the thought of it puts me in need of double-capacity Clan heatsinks.

Sudragon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 31, 2015
for the full immersive experience, hook computer up to the reverse cycle A/C to simulate heat buildup.

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TeamAmerica mumbles...

Posted October 29, 2015
@JB- I belong to a website founded by Rob Long, the producer and scriptwriter of the tv show Cheers, and presidential speech writer Peter Robinson. Anyway, it is a conservative site with a strict code of conduct to promote civil discussion. One of its editors, Claire Berlinski, suggested that they might invite some good liberal writers to provide an alternative perspective, and to avert a tendency to be insular and to assume the worst of those you disagree with. Anyway, I took the liberty of suggesting you, so someone may contact you. So if she contacts you, this is Ms. Berlinski's bio: https://ricochet.com/profile/1025/

Nocturnalist reckons...

Posted October 29, 2015
+++to provide an alternative perspective, and to avert a tendency to be insular and to assume the worst of those you disagree with+++

I thoroughly approve of this, for whatever a bit of validation by Random Internet Guy is worth.

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NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 29, 2015
I think of it like ecological niches. Factors l converge to present an opportunity that some BYT will exploit.Or to be a bit Macluhan The medium will dictate the content usually in unpredictable ways. As computational power boomed in the late 70's Space Invaders & PacMan moved aside for platform games. Broadly available faster ping speeds allowed for WoW. Graphics cards & quality monitors / flat screens allowed immersive1st person shooters. Smart phones were not invented to play candy crush or angry birds, coders wrote for the capacity available. 99.9 % of games written sink unheard of, occasionally one will go mega, spawn a million clones & forever change what we think of as gaming.

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pi swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 29, 2015
I want this stuff, and for it to be utilised in a space environment like my garage. Forget about sitting and looking around plugged in to your pc, if you can walk around, and the things start looking more and more realistic, it will radically affect online behavior.

I can see why facebook bought into this. The whole 'telepresence' thing a la 'snow crash' will be possible.

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pi reckons...

Posted October 30, 2015
The social aspect, v1 :

http://www.roadtovr.com/oculus-social-alpha-is-now-available-for-gear-vr/

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Sudragon asserts...

Posted October 31, 2015
It's not a VR headset, but it might be relevant to your interests.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHdShyF9x7U&feature=youtu.be&t=117

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