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#1 Edited by buemba (76 posts) -

Virtual reality falls into the "wearables" category, and that means it actually has to look sexy to have a larger appeal. The same conversation is happening around Internet-connected watches and glasses. Your average person is going to laugh at the prospect of wearing a Google Glass product in its current form because it looks so goofy and obviously tech-y. Virtual reality has the same issue.

The difference between the Oculus and watches and Google Glass is that the Oculus isn't designed to be worn outside of your home. In fact, since isolation is such a part of the experience I'd say it's not even designed to be worn around another person at all.

That's not to say it should look like crap, but I think its design sensibilities should be more in line with full cup headphones and appliances than with fashion accessories and other "wearables".

#2 Posted by buemba (76 posts) -

@golguin: Man, wish I thought about it before. Would've made the layout much easier.

#3 Posted by buemba (76 posts) -

@fobwashed: Thanks.

@joshwent: Good idea on the contrasting images, I might do something like that later. And yeah, making my resolution public was my way of keeping it going for a while longer since I was already starting to slip when it was just me and a sketchbook. Doesn't help that I don't really think drawing on an iPad is a very good experience, but it's at least more readily available than analog tools on my day to day.

#4 Edited by buemba (76 posts) -

So as a new year's resolution I decided to start drawing again as it used to be my favorite hobby for most of my life but I fell out of habit during college and drew next to nothing in the past decade or so. Since I got an iPad Air and a somewhat decent stylus recently I figured I'd start doodling again, but it's been hard to find inspiration and enthusiasm to do so.

To help with that I've been creating goals every week. This week I'm hoping to draw something about Spelunking with Scoops, Load Our Last Souls and Breaking Brad: Volgarr the Viking, and since I know I'll quickly give up on this if I spend too much time on a drawing I'm giving myself a maximum of 2 hours to work on each and am committed to post it here in whatever state it's in when the time's up.

So here's the first: Spelunking With Scoops and Anubis

Not happy with the way I drew Anubis and couldn't find a good way to make Scoops look like he was coming out of a teleport, but hey, one down two to go...

Load Our Last Souls: Power Within

Armor ended up looking more like the Catalina set than Havel's. The two cherub-like silhouettes near Vinny's shoulders were supposed to be Ian and Rorie, but I ran out of time to draw them.

Breaking Brad: Victory Pose

So I was going for a Conan the Barbarian type of drawing, but I think it ended up looking more like the cover of a softcore women's novel (I was going to name this "The Serpent Slayer" too, which would make it even weirder). If I had more time I'd probably have buffed him up since Volgarr looks really jacked in-game and would have reworked the spear so it looked less like a walking stick.

Tried giving Brad a beard too, but then he started to look even less like Brad than he does now.

Whatever. 3 for 3, mission accomplished.

#5 Edited by buemba (76 posts) -

I try to do the challenge every day, but I've been lapsing a bit. Still, if you want to add me my profile is:

Buemba on Steam or buemba on PSN.

#6 Edited by buemba (76 posts) -

Koss Porta Pro is a great budget choice. If you want to spend more (And have a decent sound card in your PC) you can probably find a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 for around US$ 150.00 or less - I've had a pair for a little over 5 years and they're are absolutely amazing, although you will have to replace the earpads from time to time since the pleather starts to flake after a while.

AT released an updated model recently (ATH-AD700X) which I imagine are even better, but I don't have hands-on experience so I won't vouch for them.

#7 Posted by buemba (76 posts) -

VIDEO GAMES.

DOTA really shouldn't count, but what do I know?

Why not?

#8 Edited by buemba (76 posts) -

MGMT - MGMT (Last week)

Brocas Helm - Defender of the Crown and Metric - Fantasies (Last month)

Though I subscribe to Rdio I still buy CDs every once in a while.

#9 Posted by buemba (76 posts) -

The shtick he used would be annoying in a respectable awards ceremony, but since he was co-hosting a show that featured, among other things, a Twitter rally to "unlock" a 15 second teaser that just showed a logo of a licensed game, the world exclusive reveal of a returning character in a sequel, the world exclusive reveal of two new robots in a sci-fi game, a developer bragging about harnessing the power of next gen to render rustled leaves in the re-release of a game and a bunch of YouTube personalities competing to see who could make the worst skit I thought he was by far the best part of it.

Gaming already has its respectful awards ceremony in the GDC. Let McHale shine a light on how ridiculous the VGAs are.

#10 Edited by buemba (76 posts) -

Tried it with the Star Citizen hangar alpha and Saint's Row IV and I'm very impressed with the quality of the capture. In Star Citizen I noticed my framerate dropped a few digits while in Saint's Row IV the video capture had no perceptible impact on the game's performance.