When I received an invite from Intel South Africa to come and experience a hands-on session with the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) headset, I was somewhat hesitant. Let me clarify: I’ve had VR experiences before, and none of them sold me on the concept. My earliest impressions were courtesy of Google Cardboard, where I was able to look around virtual rooms with no sense of depth perception, and it pretty much felt like I was in a cardboard box with built-in lighting.
Eventually I had a brief encounter with the Oculus Rift, and that left me feeling like I wanted to throw up at every turn during faster-paced games. I was also disappointed at not being able to fully interact with the VR world, because the Oculus Touch controllers (which launched last year) weren’t available at the time. Now, thanks to Intel SA and the HTC Vive, my VR experience has risen to another level, and my opinion of virtual reality has completely shifted.
Greetings NAGullians and welcome to 2017. As we gaze hopefully into the horizon of 2017, trying to ignore the smell of the rotting garbage truck that was 2016, I thought it would be a good idea to kick things off with a look at what is in the gamer pipeline for this year.
After the jump I’ll talk about what games I’m looking forward to playing, and then what games I’m looking forward to bitching about on the internet.
Can you believe it’s 2016? Um. I mean 2017. You know, I was actually still typing “2015” until about November. And now it’s a whole new year, and all I got is a hangover, some bits of tinsel in my hair, and a flip-flop tan. Nobody important has died (yet), though, so I suppose that’s something, and – lo, hark, and OMG – it’s my first day back at work and also the first QNA of 2016 2017, and that’s got to be some sort of auspicious alignment of the planets or Monday or whatever.
Now, then, is the time that we remember the year gone by, and what we loved and hated about it. It’s that or cry into a tub of ice-cream because my holiday is over, and I choose the other one because I don’t have any ice-cream.
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