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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

Ingo Ruhnke Virtual Reality (197 comments)

As speaker setup this might be to complicated and a waste of effort, however motion tracked virtual reality headsets are right around the corner and with them you can do some really fancy binaural 3D sound rendering on the cheap. So I would assume that the success of this depends in large part on if they will let people write support for it for the virtual-cinema players that already exist or if they shoot it dead with patents.

about a month ago

Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

Ingo Ruhnke Re:Processing in the game (109 comments)

While there are some fancy light field displays that might be able to adjust for vision defects in software, those are still years after. However the Oculus Rift has swappable lenses, so it shouldn't be to hard to design some lenses that correct whatever vision defect you might have. The consumer version will probably have some adjustable optics to correct for vision issues, at least thats how the first wave of consumer VR headsets back in 1995 worked.

about a month ago

Day One With the Brand New Oculus Rift DK2: the Good, the Ugly and the Games

Ingo Ruhnke Re:does it still cause motion sickness? (48 comments)

The motion sickness on the first Rift was in large part caused by the lack of position tracking that resulted in mismatches between what you saw and where your head was, that's now fixed. The DK2 has IR markers and a tracking camera that will track your head position. The DK2 also has a low persistence display that removes a lot of the motion blur that happened with the first Rift. For most people the DK2 seems to eliminate motion sickness almost completely. There might still be issues when the game itself is extremely fast paced, but most games build for VR are using a much slower and more realistic pace, so it should be fine for most part.

about 2 months ago

Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

Ingo Ruhnke Re:Yay DRM (93 comments)

You have to have a game installed and launched at least once before you can play it in Offline mode. Meaning you can't play your backuped games until you have Internet again. There also was the issue that you couldn't play games that are in the mid of a patching, but I think Steam fixed that a few month ago with their changes to the way downloading works.

about 3 months ago

Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

Ingo Ruhnke Why do spreadsheets use a grid? (422 comments)

While on the topic, why do spreadsheets use a plain grid in the first place? Why don't they use database-like tables with labled columns? The way spreadsheets mix data and presentation never made sense to me. It's like doing programming with raw memory addresses, instead of variable names and there is little you can do to structure and query the data properly. And meanwhile coming from the other side, the grid really sucks for doing layout of the data, as you are forced to use the same column and row spacing across the whole grid, even so most data actually on the grid in non-uniform.

about 4 months ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return

Ingo Ruhnke Re:Miner Wars 2081 (251 comments)

Quite true, I would however not call "Miner Wars 2081" a multiplayer game. While it was originally planed to have heavier focus on multiplayer, that never got properly developed and what is there, is now mostly useless with the servers being empty. That said, the game has a fully fledged single player game with a 15h long story driven campaign, which turns out surprisingly interesting. It's basically a modern take on Descent 3, just with better graphics, physics and everything.

about 4 months ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return

Ingo Ruhnke Re:Retrovirus (251 comments)

Reviews never get updated when a game gets patched, so they tend to be a really terrible indicator for the quality of "Early Access" games. The game also got a lot of backslash from early backers because the MMO part never go finished, which makes a lot of the user reviews look kind of terrible as well. Anyway, I played the game only month after the release and never even heard about the whole MMO issue until long after and from my perspective it was absolutely awesome. A worthy Descent 3 successor as far as single player is concerned. As mentioned, the MMO left overs can be a bit confusing and the game doesn't explain some aspects very well (mined minerals can be used as engine fuel). So it can take a bit to figure out how to properly play the game, but once over that hurdle it's a blast, turned out far better then I had hoped for.

about 4 months ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return

Ingo Ruhnke Re:They have that (251 comments)

You can do all of that. You might want to check your input configuration.

about 4 months ago

It's Time For the Descent Games Return

Ingo Ruhnke Re:Retrovirus (251 comments)

It was originally planed to be a MMO, but it never became one. Miner Wars 2081 is a good old regular story driven single player game. There are some left over from it's open-world/MMO roots still in the game (e.g. locations that look like they would offer side-missions, but are just completely empty, ability to dig into asteroids and mine minerals, ship systems that are much ore complex then they need to, etc.), but none of that really goes anywhere, it's all just dead ends that the developers never got around to finish. Anyway, the core single player campaign is surprisingly good, varied missions, nice voice acting, Firefly-ish plot, 15h long and just a ton of fun once you figured out your way around the kinks of the game. My only complaint would be that the games weapons and enemies aren't quite as interesting as they were in Descent, but the mission design makes up for it. I had more fun with this game then I had with Descent 3. There is also Retrovirus, another game heavily inspired by Descent, but I haven't played much of that yet.

about 4 months ago

Is One Laptop Per Child Winding Down?

Ingo Ruhnke Re:Winding down? (111 comments)

Yep, the important difference is that the Pi is actually available to people who want, OLPC never sold to the public, only through time limited G1G1. Never understood why they would make it so hard to buy one.

about 6 months ago


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