Dig Build Live 360

The fine folks that are making the Dig Build Live have made a … interesting… 360 video.  As with last time, i’ll probably work best in Google Chrome, though it appears that Firefox has added 360 video support.  Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge (For those Windows 10 users out there…) do not support 360 videos at this time.

You should also be able to view it on your smartphone, using the Google Chrome browser, the Youtube App, or the Google Cardboard App.


Minecraft Windows 10 Edition (And Windows 10) are out.

Well, today is an interesting day, A new version of Minecraft has been released, alongside Microsoft’s new OS.  You can get the Minecraft Windows 10 edition Beta via the Windows store on Windows 10.  If you already have the PC Edition of Minecraft, you can get the Windows 10 edition for free.  You can get the instructions at the Mojang site.

In all honesty, it’s nice getting another version of Minecraft for free, but it isn’t quite as much fun as the PC edition of Minecraft.  Especially since I like playing with a lot of mods and I also like playing on Linux whenever possible. (Sadly the Minecrift mod requires Windows 7 or 8…  10 will be compatible eventually.)

Oh yeah, Also today is the release day for Windows 10.  Everyone that reserved their upgrades will start getting it in the near future.  Otherwise I think that that’s all of the news I have right now.


Upcoming: Oculus HDMI Cable repair

It appears that my Oculus DK2 has suffered some damage to the HDMI cable that powers the rifts display.  From what I’ve read, this isn’t an uncommon issue. (Why don’t cables have proper stress reduction in place anymore?)  Sometime in the next couple of weeks, I’m planning on attempting a repair/reinforcement of the cable end, from what I’ve read, Suguru is a very nice substance for repairing/reinforcing damaged charging cables and the like, so I’m planning on using that.  Otherwise, I could get a replacement HDMI cable and connect the rift up with that, and not have to worry about the state of the one that comes with it.

On the upside, the USB cable is fine, though I probably will reinforce that one as well, I’d like this device to work for a nice long time, even though I’m planning on getting the CV1.


Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway| WIRED

Even though all of the people involved knew what was going on, I must say that things like this are a bit scary.  Our cars have a lot of interconnecting systems in them, so a vulnerability in one that can be accessed from the outside can really screw with your vehicle…

The Jeep’s strange behavior wasn’t entirely unexpected. I’d come to St. Louis to be Miller and Valasek’s digital crash-test dummy, a willing subject on whom they could test the car-hacking research they’d been doing over the past year.

Source: Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It | WIRED

In the end, everything is going to get even more interconnected, I’ve been hearing talk about self-driving cars being tested in Michigan, those cars have more input devices that could be screwed with to make some very dangerous events happen.  I do get the feeling that the self driving cars will take over in the future though, the benefits of getting large numbers of people ‘off the road’ as it were will probably outweigh any costs that hacked cars might make.

I will reccomend that you watch the video at the start of the article, it is interesting seeing what can be done with a standard SUV (With some extra bells and whistles that is)


RPG Maker 2000 is available on Steam

I’ve been a fan of the RPG Maker series for quite some time, though I do wonder why RPG Maker 2000 costs more than 2003 (Although it does cost less than VX Ace at $60)

I’m not really sure what else I should say, 2000 is effectively 2003 missing a few features, though it would be nice to be able to use the 2000 assets in more recent versions of RPG Maker would be nice.

If you want to, you can find it on the RPG Maker 2000 steam page.


Warcraft: Skies of Azeroth

Here’s a nice 360 video…  Please note, this video will work best in Chrome (Especially on mobile devices) You can also watch it if you have an Oculus and the VR Desktop application installed.

The video will look strange in Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer (I haven’t tried Microsoft Edge yet, but I think that it’ll be the same there too.)  Really, the Gryphon looks like a very strange rug.

I’ve always been a fan of the Warcraft series, but I just never really got into World of Warcraft, mostly thanks to the fact that I don’t want to pay a montly fee for a game when I have plenty of others that I still need to get through.  I am certainly looking forward to the Warcraft Movie.


Luckey defends Oculus’ decision to fund Rift-exclusive games

There has been a bit of a mess on Reddit, as Oculus revealed that they’re financing a number of Oculus Exclusive games…

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey shed some more light on the company’s approach to game development when he took to Reddit this weekend to respond to user concerns regarding Oculus’ decision to fund development of Rift-exclusive games from developers like Insomniac.

Source: Gamasutra – Luckey defends Oculus’ decision to fund Rift-exclusive game dev

Personally, I’m not sure what I think of Oculus exclusive games, I’d like to be able to play on any headset that I have, but I understand why they’re doing that.  They will need to turn a profit to be successful.  It is very likley that I’ll get the Oculus CV1, as I have both of the devkits, and I do really like VR.  I’m still looking forward to OSVR and the Vive headsets too, we have some interesting stuff coming down in 2016 it appears.

If you want to see the latest Reddit thread, click here.


Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has passed away – Nintendo Everything

Today is a sad day…

Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, has passed away. The company said in an official document that his death came about due to a bile duct growth, which he had been previously treated for. Here’s a look at the notice in full: Satoru Iwata started his gaming career when he joined HAL Laboratory following his graduation …

Source: Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has passed away – Nintendo Everything



Oracle Virtualbox Version 5.0 released

It’s been a while since I last used Virtual Box (My windows machines don’t seem to like Virtualbox much…), but it’s nice to see that it has had a new update.  I’ll download it soon, probably to one of my Linux machines to try it out.

My favorite feature is the addition of the Headless or Detatachable start options, sometimes you don’t need to see the GUI on a server machine…

For the full list of new features click here – https://blogs.oracle.com/virtualization/entry/oracle_vm_virtualbox_5_07


Mojang announces new version of Minecraft

Mojang has announced Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, which will be available through the Windows 10 store on July 29…  A day after Windows 10 is offically released.

You can read the post on the Mojang website.

From what they’re saying, Windows 10 Edition is based off of Minecraft PE, and players on the Windows 10 edition will be able to play multiplayer with both other MCPE and Minecraft XBox one editions.  I do find it strange, both the XBox one and PE versions of minecraft have features which the other one doesn’t have.  I wonder how that’ll work, I guess time will tell.

The new edition will be free to people who already own the PC version of Minecraft, if you don’t have the PC Version, it’ll cost you $10 for the beta version (Eventually the price will go up)

I feel sad that they don’t have Linux on the list of platforms that Minecraft is available on, as I generally play Minecraft on Linux, as it seems to run a bit more smoothly there.  Here’s their list of systems that you can run Minecraft on.

Minecraft is available on Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PS Vita, and now, Windows 10.

Oh and Mojang also showed a preview of the new game – Minecraft: Story Mode, made by Telltale games.

I haven’t played any of their games, but I have heard that Telltale games does make some nice story-driven games. I wonder what their Minecraft story will be like.

Well anyways, have a nice day.