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My Neighbor Totoro In Virtual Reality

timothy posted about 8 months ago | from the like-a-viewmaster dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Nick Pitton, the developer behind the Spirited Away Boiler Room VR experience, has released his second project: the bus stop scene from Studio Ghibli's famous movie My Neighbor Totoro, once again in virtual reality for the Oculus Rift. Pittom 'hand-painted' the textures in Photoshop to recreated the painted-background feel of the movie. For the characters (Totoro and the Catbus) he used a cel-shaded approached to approximate the animated look from the movie. For his next project, he plans to recreate the ship and characters from the acclaimed anime Cowboy Bebop."

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Sounds cool but... (0)

Nyder (754090) | about 8 months ago | (#47145093)

I don't have a OR, I don't think he's put the files out for you to play it on your OR.

And facebook owns OR now, so that sort of puts a damper on potential buying.

Still, stuff like this seems pretty damn cool.

Re:Sounds cool but... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47145151)

Someone should start Kickstarter campaign to create some sort of rival to Oculus Rift !

Virtual Reality Barry Soetoro (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47145983)

And his "election" is what happens when your populace feeds at the trough. All the more reason to bring back competency/literacy tests for voting.

Re:Virtual Reality Barry Soetoro (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47150713)

Hear, hear. Barry is a crook born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. But what will you do about it, you dimwitted American?

Re:Sounds cool but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47147071)

There are already a quite a few, like AntVR, however most of them are either crap or borderline scams. Oculus had a two year headstart and has now a ton of industry talent and a boatload of money, I don't think any garage developer will be able to match them or even get close. Samsung's thing and Sony Morpheus are the only serious competion so far.

Re:Sounds cool but... (1)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | about 8 months ago | (#47145273)

It does suck that FB bought OR. In principle I have nothing against buying a VR headset from them, same as buying a mouse from "evil" Microsoft, as long as it's just hardware. Problem is: FB, unlike MS, is a company founded on a business model of gathering and whoring out our personal data, and serving us ads. Not a big fan of that. FB may be trying to diversify their business a bit with projects like the OR, which is good, but they may also see it as something to augment their existing business model. In general I'm not happy to see these exiting new startups being snapped up by the new molochs: FB buying OR, Google buying Nest, etc.

There are a number of other groups working on VR headsets, but as far as I can tell they range from DIY efforts to prototypes that are still a long way from appearing on shelves in shops. Even Valve seems to be struggling, with their VR team bleeding talent to OR's team. With that said, I do expect some consumer and computer electronics manufacturers to jump on the bandwagon once OR proves that there is a viable market for VR headsets.

Re:Sounds cool but... (1)

Immerman (2627577) | about 8 months ago | (#47146773)

After wrestling with some angst I'm inclined to agree. Hopefully Facebook sees a way to create VR social spaces or something, and just want to make sure the hardware is ready to hit the ground running - network effects benefit dramatically from the capability for mass adoption if something "goes viral", and FB is all about network effects. It seems like a social focus might add some other interesting features as well - for example if they stick with the head-tracking camera I could easily see adding limited facial expression tracking so that your avatar could at least smile/frown/etc naturally, which could add a nice touch in more serious games as well.

So long as Facebook doesn't "contaminate" the OR itself (system-snooping drivers/APIs? major licensing fees for developers?) I'm still inclined to buy one, it seems like they are the most promising of the bunch both in timing and quality, though a lot will also depend on whether they maintain the collaboration with Valve - they being the ones with the serious game developer community and game-development APIs incorporating easy VR.

Re:Sounds cool but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47145715)

I don't have a OR, I don't think he's put the files out for you to play it on your OR.

Do this:

(1) Get a box, a can of black spray paint, and some elastic straps. Maybe dust off a GameCube controller [youtube.com] too.
(2) Print this [filmaluation.com] and stick it on a DVD case.
(3) Sign up for a WordPress account [wordpress.com] .

Now you too are part of the VR revolution.

Re:Sounds cool but... (1)

Ultra64 (318705) | about 8 months ago | (#47149269)

"I don't think he's put the files out for you to play it on your OR."

You're joking right? The download links are right there in the summary.

AUSTRALIA: The Results Are In (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47145217)

One year after gun-owners were forced to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed, including semi-automatic .22 rifles and shotguns, a program costing the government over 500 million dollars, the results are in

A dramatic increase in criminal activity has been experienced. Gun control advocates respond "Just wait... we'll be safer... you'll see".


        Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2%
        Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6%
        Australia-wide, armed-robberies are up 44% (yes, FORTY-FOUR PERCENT)
        In the state of Victoria, homicides-with-firearms are up 300%
        Figures over the previous 25 years show a steady decrease in homicides-with- firearms
        (changed dramatically in the past 12 months)
        Figures over the previous 25 years show a steady decrease in armed-robbery- with-firearms
        (changed dramatically in the past 12
        There has been a dramatic increase in breakins-and-assaults-of-the-elderly
        At the time of the ban, the Prime Minister said "self-defense is not a reason for owning a firearm"
        From 1910 to present, homicides in Australia had averaged about 1.8-per-100,000 or lower, a safe
        society by any standard.
        The ban has destroyed Australia's standings in some international sport shooting competitions
        The membership of the Australian Sports Shooting Association has risen to 112,000, a 200% increase,
        in response to the ban and as an attempt to organize against further controls, which are expected.
        Australian politicians are on the spot and at a loss to explain how no improvement in "safety" has been observed after such monumental effort and expense was successfully expended in "ridding society of guns". Their response has been to "wait longer".

Re:AUSTRALIA: The Results Are In (-1, Offtopic)

_merlin (160982) | about 8 months ago | (#47145297)

Fuck you. Plenty of people spent that time stockpiling guns that were made illegal. Homicide in Victoria jumped because the fucking mafia decided it was a good time to kill each others' kids, and it dropped off again once they'd all killed each other. Sexual assault and rape are up due to broadened legal definitions and better reporting. NSW still grants you the right to fire on an assailant if you believe they're endangering your life, family or well-being; Victoria doesn't, but they never did; fucked if I know the law in other states, never lived in any of them.

Re:AUSTRALIA: The Results Are In (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47145323)

Let me guess...the answer to all these problems is....moar guns?

As america has shown the world, moar guns means less gun crime, amiright?

Re:AUSTRALIA: The Results Are In (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47145379)

Guns have little to do with it.

Competent mental health systems (See the latest fucktard in the US) and doing something about gangbangers (see, the supermajority cause of gun violence in the US) will.

Here in the US, we've given up at having any hope at all of any actual reform of the medical system, so that's out. If only there was a distant place we could transport our gangbangers to.

Re:AUSTRALIA: The Results Are In (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47145393)

Guns are not the cause:

Idiots are the cause and stopping people owning guns has and will have little effect. The only sensible way to deal with the mongrels that shoot people is to bring back the death penalty and stop being so lenient on criminals. Also get the government out of the crime and drug business. You would be amazed at how much crime and murder is perpetrated by the government, not to mention the entire lsd craze of the 60's was orchestrated by the government.

Re:AUSTRALIA: The Results Are In (-1, Offtopic)

gbjbaanb (229885) | about 8 months ago | (#47145565)

bring back the death penalty - yeah, 'cos that has really cut violent crime rates in America.

If you must have guns, what you need is to stop the idiots getting their hands on them. If you required strict controls over who was a competent person to own a gun, and enforced it strongly, then the media would not be full of disaffected kids shooting up their schools with what appears to be the kind of arsenal found only in action movies. You'd probably find them shooting up the school with their dad's shotgun, but at least it won't kill as many people as the assault rifles they currently use. Which is a start.

Maybe one day you'll figure out that treating guns with respect and storing guns securely is a requirement to owning them in the first place. Maybe one day you'll get past the bullshit politics and ensure all the mentally-unstable people will not be able to get their hands on them at all. Then you'll have progress.

Re:AUSTRALIA: The Results Are In (3, Informative)

flyingsquid (813711) | about 8 months ago | (#47145609)

Thank you, anonymous NRA supporter, for turning a discussion of a touching children's movie into a discussion about murder, rape, and assaulting the elderly. Because assaulting the elderly is precisely the kind of thing I associate with the sensitive, life-affirming films of Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki. In fact, I think when you look closely, assaulting the elderly is the central message of Totoro.

Your anonymous tirade has shown us all the way. I think you are exactly the type of rational, not-at-all-insane person we want to help us all as a society to make informed decisions about how best to reduce gun violence and the slaughter of children. If this obviously well adjusted person says gun control doesn't work, let's all listen to him and everyone else who is fighting to keep those Glocks, AR-15 assault rifles and other implements of death on our streets!

Re:AUSTRALIA: The Results Are In (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47146013)


Re:AUSTRALIA: The Results Are In (-1, Flamebait)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 8 months ago | (#47146257)

So quickly we forget BDS. You know, Bush Derangement Syndrome? It's when a perfectly ordinary thread is going on and suddenly someone starts ranting about Bu$hitler. Totally out of left field and completely derails the conversation. Funny how it was completely acceptable back then, and now that the shoe's on the other foot, it's unacceptable? Fill in the blank:

___________ (n.) the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.
synonyms: dissimulation, false virtue, cant, posturing, affectation, speciousness, empty talk, insincerity, falseness, deceit, dishonesty, mendacity, pretense, duplicity

Re:AUSTRALIA: The Results Are In (1)

azav (469988) | about 8 months ago | (#47147689)

Fuck off. Stop comment spamming. This has nothing to do with the topic at hand.

AUSTRALIA: The Results Are In (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47153929)

The point was not to make society safer. The criminals never hand their guns in willingly. The point was to stop a 'downhill slide' of gun ownership to match america. The public can not longer easily defend themselves if the government decides to control the population with force.

Not the best Demo for rift i've seen... (5, Interesting)

Dan Askme (2895283) | about 8 months ago | (#47145229)

I couldn't help but notice:
- Input delay for head tracking (most probably due to Unity)
- Head tracking doesnt seem to match where he wants to look
- He's having to "flick" his head many times to "fix" the headtracking.

Back to basics and coding is whats needed here.

Re:Not the best Demo for rift i've seen... (1)

fuzzywig (208937) | about 8 months ago | (#47145607)

The new version is supposed to be much better at head tracking, as it's also using an external camera to track the position and orientation of the head-set. Plus, watching that video, I'm not sure if the video of his face is properly synced to the 3D view.

Re:Not the best Demo for rift i've seen... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47145627)

The lag is to blame on the video recording.

The demo itself, just as the earlier Spirited Away VR demo, is very responsive.

Re:Not the best Demo for rift i've seen... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about 8 months ago | (#47146089)

This is how OR works. They have not solved any of the major problems with head tracking or lag. I was lucky and sold my OR for only a little less than what I paid for it on ebay.

It's the dirty secret of the OR.. it is not much better than the stuff from a decade ago. If you ever played Dactyl the first VR video game, that is exactly how OR works, sluggish, slow, and not accurate. Sadly they try like hell to hide the fact from everyone that it's really 10 years off before it will be ready for consumers.

Re:Not the best Demo for rift i've seen... (2)

Ultra64 (318705) | about 8 months ago | (#47146897)

>They have not solved any of the major problems with head tracking or lag.

Yes, they have. You can preorder the new version now.

>that is exactly how OR works, sluggish, slow, and not accurate

I have the first devkit and this is complete bullshit.

Re:Not the best Demo for rift i've seen... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47154367)

I haven't used any previous Oculus Rift dev kits, but the latest dev kit is amazing.

I had the privileged to test EVE Valkyrie at the EVE Fanfest this year (it is a dogfighting simulator using Oculus Rift) and it was nothing short of amazing!
I felt like I was literally inside the cockpit flying the fighter around space debris and chasing down the opposing team; being able to look into any direction around me by just turning my head was mind blowing. It even handled me tilting my body back and forth by zooming in/out (I was craning my neck trying to track some crafts that went under mine).

In a nutshell: Can't wait for them to get the retail version out!

Patents stunting innovation again? (1)

PsyMan (2702529) | about 8 months ago | (#47145387)

OR IP is more than likely being stripped apart by patent lawyers to ensure that none of the other up and coming VR competitors make it off of the starting block, Its a damn shame but that sort of thing could ultimately be the end of VR or at least set it back by years (we have already waited far too long). I really hope Facebook don't get in the way of what could be a long sought after technology in favour of a fast lame advertising return on a half baked product but I wont hold my breath.

Re:Patents stunting innovation again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47145779)

No! Patents cannot stunt innovation without paying me fees! I have a patent on innovation stunting patents!

How boring. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47145391)

So he just copies other peoples work and never thinks up anything himself?

Kind of like the doofuses who dress up in plastic star wars costumes.

Re:How boring. (1)

Alejux (2800513) | about 8 months ago | (#47146801)

Please, oh Anonymous Coward. Please dazzle us with your great creations in VR. We're all very interested to see what your great creative mind can achieve.

Re:How boring. (1)

Minwee (522556) | about 8 months ago | (#47147521)

Or those idiots who respond to trolls on public message boards. How pathetic is that?

Re:How boring. (1)

azav (469988) | about 8 months ago | (#47147701)

other people's* work

        peoples = more than one group of people

Video (without commentary) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47145407)

The article's video had commentary which, whilst it may add flavour, doesn't exactly communicate the experience's idea. So here's a 4.5min video I found on youtube that has only the 'game' sounds: here [youtube.com]

Re:Video (without commentary) (2)

Minwee (522556) | about 8 months ago | (#47147545)

Or you could, you know, just download the whole thing [wordpress.com] and run it yourself. It will display on screen, just like in the linked video, with no head-slab required.

Phase One (2)

Brulath (2765381) | about 8 months ago | (#47145445)

So it seems the Rift movies are in phase one still, where they experiment with replicating 2D movies in a 3D environment, and the result is about as boring as you'd expect. A bit like movie -> game (or vice-versa) conversions, you've really got to transform the work to fit the medium copying the scene verbatim with directionless self-insertion into the scene is pretty dull.

Based on my few minutes of thinking about it, I'm inclined to believe that the only way Rift "movies" will work is either as games or as replications of a play, where the user is stationary but can look around a scene in front of them from their vantage point. If you can't control at least part of the user's vision you're going to have a difficult time making a good movie – they could be looking in completely the wrong direction when something interesting happens, even with audio cues indicating where to look. A play allows the audience member to look around, but only in one major direction, which seems like it would fit the Rift pretty well. I guess this could include virtual concerts too; might even be able to do them in real-time with a good camera setup.

Re:Phase One (1)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | about 8 months ago | (#47146017)

VR could be great for movies with a lot of nice scenery, to increase immersion. Even if you create the movie in such a way that all the action happens in front of the viewer (perhaps with cues prompting the viewer to look forward when something happens), while still allowing him to look everywhere else and take in the scenery. For movies where most scenery is computer-generated, it shouldn't even be too expensive to produce such a VR version of the movie along with the regular release.

Re:Phase One (1)

Immerman (2627577) | about 8 months ago | (#47146885)

Have you ever watched a movie on a dome screen? Where the screen is a half-sphere (or more) allowing you to look around the scene? They tend to be more of an "experience driven" theme than "plot driven" (ever stood on the wing of an aircraft flying through the grand canyon? flown along with a flock of geese? swum through a prehistoric ocean?), but there's still a strong tendency to look forward, it's jut the most comfortable position for your head. The main benefits are the ability to occasionally follow something interesting as it goes past, and the immersion from having your peripheral vision completely filled (which sadly the OR can't deliver, 100* is only about half your horizontal FOV, which typically extends ~95* away from your nose in both directions).

Great News! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47145633)

For all those teeming millions at the intersection of Oculus Rift owners and Spirited Away fans. The Internet is finally delivering on its promise of enhancing human knowledge, social interaction, and the wisdom of an engaged populace.

Re:Great News! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47145773)

Oh My God! Someone somewhere is having fun! Quick! Shit on it!

Looked like crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47145763)

It looked like crap.

My Neighbor Totoro? Cowboy Bebop? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47146933)

I'm not getting into this new VR craze until they make Dragon Pink.

These scenes are pretty awesome (3, Interesting)

Jordan1519 (3667517) | about 8 months ago | (#47146991)

These scenes are pretty awesome, especially for anime fans. My girlfriend was a little apprehensive about trying out the rift, til I showed her the Boiler Room scene. I intend to let her see this one too, but I may wait for my dk2 to come in. The drift from the dk1 caused a fair bit of motion sickness for her after only a few minutes, and I don’t want to turn her off from VR completely. I know she’s a huge fan of Cowboy Bebop, so I suspect she’ll enjoy seeing that too.

Re:These scenes are pretty awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47147515)

weaboo fag

Bebop (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | about 8 months ago | (#47149041)

A VR Faye Valentine, looks like there's an OR purchase in my future!

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