Hardware from E3

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While Tina found solace in a greasy cheeseburger, I spent the day playing with all the cool toys and hardware down in Kentia Hall at E3 06. From chairs to fight sims to brain wave monitors, watch todays show to find out how to enhance your gaming experience.

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      Barry Hawkey

      Okay, that headset for first person shooters should have gotten a LOT more kudos.  I've seen a lot of reviews about E3...why isn't everyone shouting about that thing?  Holy cow...does it feel at all like you're "in" Halo?  Being able to look around, and see bad guys coming up behind me sounds incredible.

      If you duck, does it relay that to the game?

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      Barry Hawkey

      Okay, that headset for first person shooters should have gotten a LOT more kudos.  I've seen a lot of reviews about E3...why isn't everyone shouting about that thing?  Holy cow...does it feel at all like you're "in" Halo?  Being able to look around, and see bad guys coming up behind me sounds incredible.

      If you duck, does it relay that to the game?

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      "Lethal G3cko"

      Well, this was certainly an interesting E3, with all of these new type of new games, consoles, gadgets and devices being introduced.
       
      I really liked this segement. It was cool to see who else was at E3, other than the game developers.

      It's kind of difficult to say my opinions on the products shown, because I think I would need to test them out (but, I guess you could say the same for the new consoles and games as well). They look cool though. Interesting demonstrations.

      I'm too not skeptical, but I must say there is something about some of the products shown that I think might not work as well as they should.

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      "Lethal G3cko"

      Well, this was certainly an interesting E3, with all of these new type of new games, consoles, gadgets and devices being introduced.
       
      I really liked this segement. It was cool to see who else was at E3, other than the game developers.

      It's kind of difficult to say my opinions on the products shown, because I think I would need to test them out (but, I guess you could say the same for the new consoles and games as well). They look cool though. Interesting demonstrations.

      I'm too not skeptical, but I must say there is something about some of the products shown that I think might not work as well as they should.

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      "Lethal G3cko"

      For example, the Body Pad is a great concept and appeared to be working okay at E3, but as we know, there are moves in DOA4 that would be pretty difficult to pull off with the Body Pad (or even in real life =). 

      But, I get the idea and it's a neat one. Although, I have to ask...how do you throw with the Body Pad?

      I like the idea/direction these companies are going with these products. They are thinking outside the box and trying to provide gamers with just more than a controller, light-gun, dance-pad, or even a mouse. And I support that. Does it mean a better gaming experience? Maybe.

      It's a step in the right direction. Personally, I would just stick with the controller and mouse (and dance-pad). I would be interested to try these new products, however.

      "WowWii" jokes aside, I did like the WowWee robots (especially the clawed, dancing robot).

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      "Lethal G3cko"

      For example, the Body Pad is a great concept and appeared to be working okay at E3, but as we know, there are moves in DOA4 that would be pretty difficult to pull off with the Body Pad (or even in real life =). 

      But, I get the idea and it's a neat one. Although, I have to ask...how do you throw with the Body Pad?

      I like the idea/direction these companies are going with these products. They are thinking outside the box and trying to provide gamers with just more than a controller, light-gun, dance-pad, or even a mouse. And I support that. Does it mean a better gaming experience? Maybe.

      It's a step in the right direction. Personally, I would just stick with the controller and mouse (and dance-pad). I would be interested to try these new products, however.

      "WowWii" jokes aside, I did like the WowWee robots (especially the clawed, dancing robot).

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      "Lethal G3cko"

      edit: segment.

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      "Lethal G3cko"

      edit: segment.

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      gerausch

      the virtual headset and body pads seem pretty cool

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      gerausch

      the virtual headset and body pads seem pretty cool

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      Michael

      Thanks Laura! Wink

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      Michael

      Thanks Laura! Wink

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      Matthew Mushall

      Awesome segment, Laura.  You ladies were very busy...I hope you were well paid.  I particularly like the Novint game controller.  Playing Half-Life 2 with that must have been amazing - ultra sensory crowbar action!  The Trimersion looks very promising, especially compaired to last year's model, but I still don't believe it's a practical interface yet.  It needs a few more years of development before I'm willing to pony up the cash (Yay! I love ponies!).  I would really like to get my hands on a robo-sapien or robo-raptor for my apartment.  That would be awesome.  Before you know it, we'll have legitimate robotic pets.

      Anyway, great job, ladies.  I hope Tina enjoyed her burger.

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      Matthew Mushall

      Awesome segment, Laura.  You ladies were very busy...I hope you were well paid.  I particularly like the Novint game controller.  Playing Half-Life 2 with that must have been amazing - ultra sensory crowbar action!  The Trimersion looks very promising, especially compaired to last year's model, but I still don't believe it's a practical interface yet.  It needs a few more years of development before I'm willing to pony up the cash (Yay! I love ponies!).  I would really like to get my hands on a robo-sapien or robo-raptor for my apartment.  That would be awesome.  Before you know it, we'll have legitimate robotic pets.

      Anyway, great job, ladies.  I hope Tina enjoyed her burger.

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      Human​Compiler
      I think people are quiet about it, because they're skeptical.  VR equipment has been around a long time.  I would venture to guess at a decade or two.  When I saw it in the video, I was like, "damn...must have!"  But then I thought about it...your gun is following the way you point your head.  Yah, not so realistic.  If the gun also had a motion sensor in it and my gun moved independently of where I'm looking I would sooooo be there!  But for that to happen, the game has to support that (which none do).  The opposite is true of the Wiimote.  In that case, your arm decides where the "gun" and your viewpoint is directing towards.  Someone really needs to make some devices and games the seperate the two.  THEN, I will personally be very excited for this type of thing.
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      Erik Porter

      I think people are quiet about it, because they're skeptical.  VR equipment has been around a long time.  I would venture to guess at a decade or two.  When I saw it in the video, I was like, "damn...must have!"  But then I thought about it...your gun is following the way you point your head.  Yah, not so realistic.  If the gun also had a motion sensor in it and my gun moved independently of where I'm looking I would sooooo be there!  But for that to happen, the game has to support that (which none do).  The opposite is true of the Wiimote.  In that case, your arm decides where the "gun" and your viewpoint is directing towards.  Someone really needs to make some devices and games the seperate the two.  THEN, I will personally be very excited for this type of thing.

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      Duncanma
      From what I can see, I don't think you are actually correct about the WiiMote, the pointer part of the controller affects where your weapon is aimed, but the 'standard' joystick is used to control your viewpoint.
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      AdamKinney
      It is realistic.  Its just like having a gun strapped to your head.  How else would you carry a gun? Perplexed
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      Dengin

      I wonder what would happen if Paris Hilton tried to play a game this way
      "Hey! Nothing's happening!"
      (I sure hope this comment won't show up in the font size it's showing in the preview window)

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      Dengin

      I wonder what would happen if Paris Hilton tried to play a game this way
      "Hey! Nothing's happening!"
      (I sure hope this comment won't show up in the font size it's showing in the preview window)

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      "Lethal G3cko"

      Edit 2: "I'm not too skeptical.

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      "Lethal G3cko"

      Edit 2: "I'm not too skeptical.

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      Dave

      That was some cool stuff but.......

      I want to know when I can get a Holodeck!!!

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      Dave

      That was some cool stuff but.......

      I want to know when I can get a Holodeck!!!

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      "Lethal G3cko"

      VR has been around for a long time, and while the product demonstrated by Trimersion looked cool...I agree with what Erik is saying. Instead of moving your head in the direction you want your gun to be pointing, it would be better to use the Wiimote (or some advanced light-gun). I watched the videos of Red Steel and read the Red Steel article in GameInformer and from what I understand: The Wiimote is used only for pointing/targeting and shooting, while the nunchuck analog controller is basically used for movement (with the ability to duck and jump with two triggers on the analog device). There is a slight-delay with the camera, when you point the Wiimote (this is intentional). I would rather use the Wiimote for a FPS than the VR headset/gun. It just looks so damn cool =) Can't wait for Red Steel.

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      "Lethal G3cko"

      VR has been around for a long time, and while the product demonstrated by Trimersion looked cool...I agree with what Erik is saying. Instead of moving your head in the direction you want your gun to be pointing, it would be better to use the Wiimote (or some advanced light-gun). I watched the videos of Red Steel and read the Red Steel article in GameInformer and from what I understand: The Wiimote is used only for pointing/targeting and shooting, while the nunchuck analog controller is basically used for movement (with the ability to duck and jump with two triggers on the analog device). There is a slight-delay with the camera, when you point the Wiimote (this is intentional). I would rather use the Wiimote for a FPS than the VR headset/gun. It just looks so damn cool =) Can't wait for Red Steel.

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      AdamKinney
      What browser/OS are you using?
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      Neo GeeQ

      Take the developers of: the VR helmet, Body pad, Brain games and the novint falcon... and stick them all in a lab with bombs strapped to them until they create a FULL body vr experience...which you know they could...

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      Neo GeeQ

      Take the developers of: the VR helmet, Body pad, Brain games and the novint falcon... and stick them all in a lab with bombs strapped to them until they create a FULL body vr experience...which you know they could...

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      Gregg "The Fooch"

      That's all I have to say! Smiley Good job!

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      Gregg "The Fooch"

      That's all I have to say! Smiley Good job!

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      "Lethal G3cko"

      Thank you for stopping by and posting the additional info about the Body Pad, as well as answering some of our questions.

      I think the Body Pad has potential. As I mentioned in my other post, I would have to try it out, in order to give a final opinion.

      Having said that, I hope the Body Pad will be successful. We need to see more and more companies try to give gamers other options, than just using a controller. And besides, it looks people will break a sweat =)



      From what we saw in the 10 video, the Body Pad seems to have a good response to a person's moves (maybe, with a little delay).

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      "Lethal G3cko"

      Thank you for stopping by and posting the additional info about the Body Pad, as well as answering some of our questions.

      I think the Body Pad has potential. As I mentioned in my other post, I would have to try it out, in order to give a final opinion.

      Having said that, I hope the Body Pad will be successful. We need to see more and more companies try to give gamers other options, than just using a controller. And besides, it looks people will break a sweat =)



      From what we saw in the 10 video, the Body Pad seems to have a good response to a person's moves (maybe, with a little delay).

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      Barry Hawkey

      Hoot!

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      Barry Hawkey

      Hoot!

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      Matthew Mushall

      Geez, if you want a fully imersive experience, why not get somebody to develop a real working holodeck.

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      Matthew Mushall

      Geez, if you want a fully imersive experience, why not get somebody to develop a real working holodeck.

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      Human​Compiler
      I think you need the holo part before the deck part.  Wink
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      Erik Porter

      I think you need the holo part before the deck part.  Wink

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