The Daily Grind: Do MMORPGs need VR?

    
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Video game developers have been positively obsessing about virtual reality for the last few years, but barring an exception here and there, few MMOs seem to have a compelling plan for how to upsell us on the idea. CCP’s EVE: Valkyrie project has been met with a mixture of awed skepticism since its reveal last year, though admittedly that’s probably not entirely because of its VR nature. And Crowfall’s recent VR stretch goal received “mixed” feedback, causing the developers to add an extra stretch goal to mollify backers who reported that VR is simply “uninspiring.”

It’s not as if we’re luddites here; I personally like having all the shiny new tech I can get my hands on. But I’m not convinced VR is going to add that much more immersion to my gaming, certainly not for the price.

Am I alone? Do you think MMORPGs really need VR?

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Sam Seed
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I’ve watched a couple guys play ESO on youtube using the DK2.  It looks amazing.  The players take forever leveling because every bit of it draws them in.   Sure it may  not be perfectly ideal for playing competitively but it sure looks like one hell of an experience.

Cromica1
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Cromica1

GregLanciotti Cromica1  I am blind in my left eye so the VR of today ie headgear is worthless to me.

BryanCo
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GregLanciotti  “What I’m saying is the tracking in these headsets is much better than mouse look”
I’m perfectly willing to concede that.  The technology being used in the OR is quite impressive.

“It’s akin to looking around irl”
“Akin to” is the key part of that that statement.  The OR is closer to real life than mouse look, but the two are, at the basic level, performing the same function. 

Also,”Oh, and turning your head into a computer mouse” was intended as a joke.  But apparently using an OR headset is a religious experience for some people and therefore not to be a subject of humor.

SinsationalsX
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GregLanciotti grimjakk I went to a junkyard once and climbed inside of the hollow cabinet of a massive 60″ projection TV. I felt pretty present in there until my wife yelled at me to “get in the fucking car” and we went home.

GregLanciotti
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grimjakk sooooo you just made up the definition for VR in your head and are now telling everyone that they should adopt the same definition as you? Sorry bud.  Virtual Reality, ever since the 80’s, has always meant using HMD’s to replicate a reality powered by a PC.  That’s virtual reality.  Virtual Reality is about putting you in a convincing environment that you feel present in.  I’m sorry, but I’ve never felt present inside a TV.

GregLanciotti
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eLdritchMD Nacho Biz lets make assumption after assumption, then add another assumption on top.  Then make our argument case FROM that pile of assumptions.

GregLanciotti
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GregLanciotti

But these headsets have already crossed that threshold

GregLanciotti
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GregLanciotti

bringing up the virtual boy as if it has anything to do with VR? #everlasting FACEPALM

GregLanciotti
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GregLanciotti

What I’m saying is the tracking in these headsets is much better than mouse look. That’s you assuming that. It’s akin to looking around irl

BryanCo
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GregLanciotti BryanCo Zarkov Randeth  I…..can’t argue with insane troll logic.