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VR and me
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Sun 22nd May, 2016 by John
My version of the events that took place on 21st May   After many months of not seeing Matt and many more years of not visiting Brighton I arranged to venture south.   I drive between 20 and 30 thousand miles a year so I was aware that my 90 minute journey would take me roughly two weeks but after...

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My Anime Adventure - One Punch Man was GREAT
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Thu 19th May, 2016 by Matt
I think I got off to a winning start with One Punch Man as "My First Anime". It could be one of the greatest things I've ever watched. I sat there the whole time with this inane grin on my face. It's absolutely stunning. It's about a bald, bland, not too bright guy who just happens to be the most...

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Lighthouse returned & VR architecture
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Tue 17th May, 2016 by Matt
I spent the weekend doing a bit of flat designing in VR, and wow. I'm looking to convert my loft in the near future, and rather than sketching ideas on paper, thought I'd give it a go in VR. I grabbed Unreal Engine 4 and a VR template, and within an hour I had got to grips with the tools well...

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My Anime Adventure - One Punch Man
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Tue 10th May, 2016 by Matt
The continuing story of my adventure in to anime..... Dragon Ball Z is - well it's a bit cheesy and crazy. We're only about 5 episodes in and the production team area already playing for time. Pretty sure you could condense each 20 odd minute episode into 6 minutes, if you take out the loooong...

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Vive day 6 - the Highs & Lows of VR
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Sun 8th May, 2016 by Matt
As a social experience, I believe the Vive is a beast. I get as much fun out of watching other people having a game as a I do playing myself.  My dad visited today. He was into technology when I was growing up, and always got the latest gadgets if he could afford it. From the Grandstand console...

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Vive day 5 - The Seated Experience
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Sat 7th May, 2016 by Matt
A dead Lighthouse wasn't going to stop me having some VR fun, so let's do some more Seated VR. I started with another go on BlazeRush, as I get a kick out of peering at the tiny models up close, or standing up to get a large view of the course. This time, I have video Video of BlazeRush VR on...

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Vive day 4 - Lighthouse officially DOA
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Fri 6th May, 2016 by Matt
Yep, I've a dead Lighthouse. It turns on, but has 16 red lights instead of 17. HTC support were great, sent me the pic above, and I confirmed which one wasn't lit. Now I'm waiting for TNT to contact me to collect, it goes to the Netherlands. Once they have it, confirm it's faulty, they'll send...

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Vive day 3 - Lighthouse blues
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Thu 5th May, 2016 by Matt
One of my Lighthouses is faulty. Having spent 2 hours trying everything I could dig up online on getting it working, I sadly have to admit defeat. It's dead. If the working Lighthouse loses line of sight becase I'm occluding it, the image on the headset goes great. Shaking the controllers in front...

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Vive Day Two
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Wed 4th May, 2016 by Matt
I got a good 90 minute session in this evening. I'm purposefully taking my time on titles so far and not bouncing around. I wanted to play more Audioshield and Space Pirate Trainer but I also wanted to try a couple of others to see what they had to offer.... I played a total of 3 titles. Started...

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First evening with the Vive
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Wed 4th May, 2016 by Matt
I spent all weekend tracking the DHL package. Prague to Germany to Heathrow to Gatwick. Then back to Heathrow? Well, it turned up today, and FUCK ME. I'm too exhausted to go into specifics. My brain is processing the experience and pondering the implications. So I'll be brief.... Setup was about 90...

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Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship - again
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Mon 2nd May, 2016 by Matt
I first played Guacamelee on the PS Vita. I got an hour or 3 in and couldn't defeat a boss. I tried and tried again, nothing. I think it came on PS+ because sometime later the game was released on the PS4 and, presumably cross-buy, I ended up playing it on the PS4. First time on the previous...

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Getting ready for the Vive arriving tomorrow!
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Mon 2nd May, 2016 by Matt
Given I ordered end of March and I had a shipping date sometime in May, I was rather surprised to receive an email the other day saying my order had been shipped. I've been anxiously tracking it on DHL, it's been in the country a few days waiting for delivery tomorrow / after the May Bank Holiday....

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Dark Souls 2 - play slow, enjoy the dread
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Sun 1st May, 2016 by Matt
With the Vive approaching, the last thing I'd planned on doing was getting into a large adventure game. Plus Mad Max is coming in the monthly Humble Bundle so I really didn't need a large adventure game, even if I had fancied sinking my time into one. But at £8 or so for the full Dark Souls 2 plus...

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A Middle Aged Man ventures into Anime....
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Sun 1st May, 2016 by Matt
For a video gamer, I have watched remarkably little anime. Off the top of my head, all I can remember is watching Akira many, many years ago - and not really thinking much of it. The closest I've got it watching the Avatar : The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra series with the kids. And they'...

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Hero Siege
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Sun 24th Apr, 2016 by Matt
Now we're talking. Twin Stick shooter with a very light RPG feel. Skill trees, points to assign, lots of loot drops, and some of the most insane power-up drops to grab in form of Relics. Die and you go back to the start, losing your Relics, and the fun starts all over again. The shooting is very...

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Enter the Gungeon
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Tue 12th Apr, 2016 by Matt
Twin Stick Shooter Rogue Game With Daft Guns. Obviously I was going to grab this one A week in... and well, it's not my favourite in the genre. Maybe I just suck at these kind of games these days. My favourite Rogue-like is Rogue Legacy. It starts hard, but you buy upgrades as you go along which...

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VR - more early games
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Sun 10th Apr, 2016 by Matt
The time rapidly expiring on the discount on some VR games, I decided again to take advantage while I could. Besides, I'd got a Steam voucher for 10% less already My guidelines are simple - only purchase VR titles that look like they're good with good reviews, looks like something I'll use for...

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VR Anticipation - Dolphin Emulation!!!!
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Fri 8th Apr, 2016 by Matt
So exciting, the title gets FOUR Exclamation Marks. And another one here for good luck --> ! As all who know me will know, I'm a big fan of emulation, in particular the magic of Dolphin, the GameCube emulator; yes it can do Wii as well, but about 99% of my interest in it is emulation the...

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Vive - getting some games in early
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Thu 7th Apr, 2016 by Matt
My plan was simple. Accumulate some Steam credit through various means including trade-ins (I've a £5 off £50 voucher at Game) so come next month, when / if my Vive appears (and going by online reports, even those first orders are shipping late, so fuck knows when I'll get mine) I could pick up the...

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HTC Vive - gave in and ordered
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Fri 1st Apr, 2016 by Matt
I had been really, really good. So good in fact that when the Vive went on pre-order a few weeks back, I ensured I was nowhere near a computer. I sat down an hour after pre-orders were open and ignored it. I'd missed the boat, I'd have to wait too long, the dream was dead. I've felt like crap since...

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