Live out epic space battles with friends when you play Darkfield

NOTE: This episode was recorded 48 hours before the Darkfield team successfully met their kickstarter goal. If you are listening within days of this show being published there is still time help!

Hello listeners! On today’s show I speak with Mark Schramm from Darkfield. We discussed kickstarter, game design and Battle Star Galactica. Here is a preview of some of the things we discussed:
1:30 Current progress on Darkfield and what it is.

2:30 Why 10,000 dollars for the kickstarter.

3:30 Can there ever be too many space shooters?

5:40 Why make a co-op game for VR in the first place.

7:50 Will Darkfield include leaderboards?

9:30 The inspiration for Darkfield.

10:55 Why you should watch Battlestar Galactica

13:00 The reasoning behind space ship designs.

14:10 The number of players per map.

14:45 Quantifying the scale of the maps.

16:30 The background setting for the conflict in the game.

18:30 What does VR add to the experience?

19:45 The types of weapons that Darkfield will come with.

21:35 The most pressing technical challenges for Darkfield. The importance of a proper user interface.

25:35 Why floating menus are not ideal for Darkfield.

26:30 The challenges with input.

30:20 Will the space wars of the future be fought by humans?

32:29 Will humans ever get to a point where they can have a permanent presence in outer space.

36:20 The goal of Darkfield.

38:15 The challenges of creating a game that works on desktop and VR.

41:10 What happens if Darkfield gets funded? What’s the plan if it does not.

43:35 The approximate pricing of the retail game.

44: 50 The amount of maps available at launch. The replay value of Darkfield.

45:30 The variability of map design in a space setting.

46:25 Including teamspeak in the game.

48:32 Closing thoughts and how to stay in touch.
Thanks again to Mark for being a true scholar and gentleman of virtual reality and thanks for listening.

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Elevr is an open source research group tackling some virtual reality’s toughest challenges

Hello listerners! On today’s show I speak with EleVR, an open source research group working on virtual reality film, web and much more.

Here is a quick preview of some things we talked about:

2:10 The main focus of EleVR’s research.

3:35 Ultimate goal of ELEVR’s research.

4:30 The main challenges of video in VR.

7:00 Cube projections in VR.

9:42 Why use cube maps in the first place.

11:00 Downsides of cubes

12:40 How big are the 360 videos footage file size

14:34 The size of the final product.

15:19 Incorporating Lytro cameras to live stream?

17:20 Could you livestream off of Project Tango?

18:00 How long before you can live stream the world cup in the Rift.

19:50 Live streaming 360 video from Mars!

20:40 What will be revolutionized by vr video.

23:21 Storyboarding tools in VR. Creating new user interfaces.

26:00 The complex psychological problems behind the emergence of virtual reality tools.

28:12 Why write their own player?

29:45 Making the youtube creation tool of VR.

30:48 Is the video hardware available on the market good enough?

32:00 Creating Gifs in VR.

35:40 The many User interfaces of the metaverse

38:20 Working with Unity

44:00 Experience with DK1, DK2, Crescent Bay, Gear VR,

50:20 How to know what platform to develop for .

56:17 The concept of phone VR. Emily’s impressions of DK1, Dk2 and morpheus.

1:00:20 Messing with the around with boundaries of the crescent bay demo.

1:01:50 How to solve the motion sickness problem.

1:05:00 Playing Team Fortress 2 for 9 hours straight.

1:09:10  Andrea’s favorite game.

1:12:21 Moving away from keyboards and mouses to get work done.

1:13:00 Creating VR inside VR.

1:17:00 The ideal input device for VR

1:22:00 The input solution of 10 years from now.

1:25:00 Will buttons ever make a comeback?

1:28:01 Can we use VR to make more social children?

1:29:30 Growing up in world with the metaverse all around you.

1:33:17 Sex education in Virtual reality.

1:37:40 The advantages and disadvantages of putting on blinders in the metaverse. What will the nature hate crimes look like in the metaverse?

1:39:00 Should everyone look sexy in the metaverse?

1:45:00 An evolutionary biological theory as to why heels are still popular.

1:48:47 A reasonably theory why heels are still fashionably.

1:50:23 A physical/virtual market place for goods.

1:52:40 How will VR change things 10 years from now? What will the future of VR look like?

2:00:33 Closing thoughts and how to get in touch.

Thanks Vi, Andrea and Emily for being true scholars and ladies of virtual reality.

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Creating a free and open metaverse with Tony Parisi

Hello everyone! Welcome to another episode of the Enter VR podcast. On today’s show I speak with Tony Parisi on creating accessible tools for people to create 3D content on the web, the future of the metaverse, porting over your Unity/UE4 content to the web and much more!

Check out a quick preview of what we talked about below:

30: How Tony has been involved in VR over the years.

1:36 The factors that made VR impossible in the early 90’s

2:25 What’s different this time around for virtual reality.

4:10 What is GLAM?

7:40 How to get started with GLAM.

11:01 What will it take for GLAM to reach great heights

12:00 The allure of VR.

16:13 What will the Metaverse look like 5 to 10 years from now.

17:00 Balancing a free and open metaverse with the need to make money.

19:44 Using M-Scriptten to transfer your UNITY and UE4 experiences to the Web.

22:40 The state of the input for VR and what would be Tony’s ideal input device.

25:26 Deep VR simulations and militarizing telerobotics.

26:55 How far away are we from haptics?

28:01 What could slow down VR?

29:31 How will VR be remembered 50 years from now?

31:28 Closing thoughts and how to stay in touch with Tony

Thanks again to Tony for being a true scholar and gentleman of virtual reality and thank you for listening!

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Getting married in Virtual Reality

Hello listeners! On today’s show I speak with Monika Jo, the first person to be married inside virtual reality 20 years ago.

18: Intro

1:44 How did Monika get married in virtual reality? The story of how and why she became involved in VR 20 years ago.

11:30 The logistics behind how the groom kissed the bride.

12:40 How were people reacting to the wedding at the time?

16:40 Was it hard finding a minister that would marry you in VR? Is getting married in VR immoral?

19:00 The connection between morality and VR.

20:50 Have there been other weddings in VR?

23:00 The best kept memories from the event.

25:50 What did the virtual reality scene look like back in the 90’s?

29:31 The down falls of virual reality in the 90’s

30:30 What sorts of lessons can be drawn from the past in order to make VR that much more successful this time around.

34:36 How will VR change us? Can VR turn us into Jedi?

41:00 The most far fetched prediction for what virtual reality could be.

46:22 Where will potential challenges for VR come from?

50:00 What will the negative aspects of VR look like?

53:40 Will the business of getting married become immoral in the future? Will it be legally binding to get married with someone in another part of the planet?

57:30 What needs to be happen to get more women involved in VR?

1:02:30 Will we ever see humans colonize celestial bodies in our life time?

1:03:10 Cats or dogs?

1:04:10 Would you rather have the ability to talk to animals or teleport inside the minds of them and become them?

1:05:50 Would you rather travel forward or backwards in time?

Thanks again to Monika for being a true lady, a scholar and hero of virtual reality.

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Discussing the fast approaching SF VR Hackathon, architectural visualizations with UE4 and more with Eriks Strals

Hello listeners!

Welcome to the Enter VR podcast. On today’s show I speak with Eric Strals, a VR developer and one of the organizers of the upcoming San Francisco VR hackathon.
Here is a quick preview of some the things we talked about.

30 Intros

1:01 Why do architectural visualizations in VR?

3:40 The defining aspects of Unreal Engine 4.

4:40 What is it about VR that gives it an advantage over the current legacy content.

8:00 The current solutions for visualizing architecture.

9:00 Using interaction as an added value to virtual reality visualizations.

10:50 How to differentiate yourself as a consultant/entrepreneur in Virtual reality.

13:14 How to keep up with the pace of innovation.

14:30 How Eric discovered VR.

19:14 Fly a paper airplane around a 3D scanned home.

22:30 First impressions of DK1, DK2 and Crescent Bay.

25:00 What will VR look like in the future.

30:20 Who is the SF VR Hackathon for?

33:40 Tips and advice for Hackathon newcomers.

37:44 What are the bare minimum tools necessary to create VR experiences.

42:30 The role of a designer and a programmer in a video game project. The pros and cons of each role.

46:34 What makes a good design doc, good?

49:05 The role of the programmer in creating projects.

55:00 How to put together a hackathon.

1:00:55 Tools and resources to get things done.

1:04:09 Webgl as a platform for VR experiences.

1:06:10 Which creation platform become the most popular in the future for VR developers?

1:10:50 Top 5 favorite video games of all time.

1:14:08 How to incorporate RTS games in VR.

1:20:02 A market place for 3D artist?

1:23:10 Where will VR lead to in the future?

1:28:10 Closing thoughts  and how to get in touch.

Thanks to Eriks for being a scholar and gentleman of virtual reality and thank you for listening!

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The question I almost got to ask at Oculus Connect’s future of VR panel.

Here I am at Oculus Connect thinking to myself. Am I trembling?
…Yup I’m trembling. I look down at my feet and see my knees shaking so hard that they were a an inch or two from making loud claps. I took deep breaths as my moment to approach the mic
came closer and closer. And then…nothing happened. The talk wrapped up right at the moment I was about to speak into the microphone.

This is the question I would have asked the panel composed of Palmer Luckey, Nate Mitchel, John Carmack, Michael Abrash and Atman Binstock.

Could VR become a victim of its own success? What can be done to insure VR is not used as a scapegoate by the political class?

It happens all the time, some inexplicable tragedy occurs involving violence and the society looks for something to point its finger at. We know the world is never so simple yet it happens over and over, and one day the finger pointing will be directed towards virtual reality. It happened with DOOM, it happened with Grand Theft Auto and it’s never really stopped.

What are the cost/benefits of being reactive on this potential issue? What are the cost/benefits of being proactive?

My proposed solution is to start a virtual reality lobby group/super pac, that can be out promoting VR in the public sector.

My guess is, once VR becomes mainstream it will not take long before a section of people start fighting a technology they don’t understand. (Education is key)

Watching this play out will be very interesting. I hope Oculus has a contingency plan to deal with VR scapegoating.

Experience a unique journey under the sea everytime you play Ocean Rift, the future of nature documentaries

Hello listeners!

On today’s show I speak with LLyr Cenydd, the creator of Ocean Rift, Crashland and a researcher pushing the boundaries of procedural animation.

Here is preview of some the things we talked about:

1:05 Llyr’s background and how he became involved with VR

2:10 What is the allure behind 3D graphics

2:44 Where is the future 3D graphics headed in?

3:20 The Story behind the creation of Crashland and Ocean Rift

6:22 Explain like i’m five years old, how does procedural animation work?

7:35 How do simulations work with procedural animation?

9:40 Are triple A studios utilizing procedural systems in their games?

11:34 Is procedural animation and generation being used in tandem by any particular game?

12:40 Can Ocean rift have procedurally generated terrain?

16:01 Could procedural systems replace start taking video game developer jobs?

20:01 Where are the boundaries of procedural systems and how is the technology being pushed?

21:47 Where to learn more about procedural systems?

24:40 How to make money with procedural systems.

26:15 The process of creating the animals from Ocean Rift

27:40 Are there libraries of procedural algorithms out there?

29:00 The re-playability of Ocean Rift

30:20 How do the animals in Ocean Rift become aware of you?

32:00 What are Llyr’s goals ? How have they changed over time?

33:11 Lessons learned recently that would have been nice to known from the beginning.

34:29 What are the current limitations of Gear VR?

36:08 What is happening under the hood that makes mobile platforms to overheat? And what solutions can be worked out.

37: 45 How will the development of graphene based chips impact virtual reality?

39:04 Who is Ocean Rift built for? What category does it fall under?

41:14 Is VR the future of documentaries?

42:51 Does Ocean Rift include a Lochness monster?

44:30 Is the Lochness monster real?

46:30 Can VR be used to push forward our understanding of the Oceans?

47:54 Where does LLyr see himself in the future?

49:14 Are humans ready for a metaverse populated by procedurally animated avatars?

50:35 How long before we have procedurally animated dead relatives based on the information they left behind?

54:48 What is the worst thing that could happen to VR at this point?

57:02 The longest Llyr’s has spent in VR.

58:20 Where is VR leading us to?

59:00 How is the metaverse any better than our current internet?

1:00:30 Llyr’s top 5 games of all time

1:04:17 Future plans and projects

1:05:36 Ideas on how to monetize in VR

1:07:26 Llyrs business strategy and plans

1:08:00 Closing thoughts and how to stay in touch

Thanks again to Llyr for being a true scholar and gentleman of virtual


Thank you for listening!

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Archivision is building some of the best roller coasters for virtual reality

Hello listerners!

On today’s show I speak with Tim and Bart from Archivsion, they’ve been building some of the best roller coaster experiences for the Rift including Lava Inc, Helix, Cobra and many more.

Here is a quick preview of some the things we talked about.

1:00 Intro

1:55 Origins of Archivision and discovering about the Oculus Rift.

4:55 What compelled Archivision to start developing for the Rift and meeting Palmer Luckey.

12:15 Trying out the Rift for the first time with Carmack’s Doom BFG prototype.

16:30 Why make VR rollercoasters?

22:15 Design decisions behind Helix and the reactions they’ve encountered demoing the Rift.

27:00 Techniques to getting Lava Inc to run smoothly. How to get the best frame rates.

30:20 Getting DK2 to work and running into Oculus at a defense industry trade show.

36:10 How to transition your business so that it can thrive in VR.

38:40 Dealing with skepticism about VR’s future.

41:35 Putting together the necessary components that will make VR successful.

48:40 Expectations and predictions for Oculus Connect.

51:30 Plans for the future, choosing the right platform to develop for and speaking to investors.

54:35 A quick preview of what future projects to expect.

56:00 Would you rather be born a baby monkey or a dolphin?

57:20 What will VR look like 10, 20, 30 years from today?

1:03:45 Is a Nintendo Metaverse possible?

1:05:35 Closing thoughts and how to keep in touch.

Thanks again to Tim and Bart for being true scholars and gentlemen of virtual reality


Thank you for listening.

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Apollo VR is using virtual reality to potentially cure Amblyopia (lazy eye), Strabismus (crossed eye) and much more

Hello listeners!

Welcome to another episode of Enter VR. On today’s show I speak with James Blaha and Manish Gupta from Apollo VR. Manish and James are working on a virtual reality game that could potentially eradicate Amblyopia (lazy eye) and Strabismus (crossed eye) forever.

Here is a preview of some of the things we talked about:
40: The story of how Diplopia came about. Discovering the Rift and seeing 3D for the first time.

1:44 How Manish and James paired up to form Apollo VR.

2:44 The current stage in development. Diplopia updates.

3:20 How does Diplopia work? What makes it possible for VR to potentially treat lazy eye?

6:00 How did they figure out their methodology would work?

7:14 The most common methods to treat lazy eye today.

8:30 What does it feel like to have a lazy eye?

9:30 What is it like to grow up with lazy eye?

11:14 The psychological impacts of having an eye condition.

14:04 The causes and roots of different eye conditions.

15:02 The percentage of the population that has vision problems and how this can pose an obstacle to the adoption of virtual reality.

20:10 How can VR companies/developers get around the issue of people who cannot see in 3D. How to make vr more accessible.

23:14 Monetizing

23:48 The biggest challenges facing the team.

25:11 The response from Optometrist and vision therapists.

27:05 Age ranges for people trying out the Diplopia software.

29:00 How to raise funding for an idea like theirs.

32:32 Would you drink your own milk?

33:15 Would you drink lab grown milk made from human DNA?

36:43 What would you do with your time if there were no electricity for 1 year?

42:00 How long it will take for humans to be able to manipulate the planet’s weather.

43:34 It is easier than ever to genetically modify things at home.

46:00 Google’s project to keep you living forever.

47:42 Genetically engineering a super virus in your garage.

50:00 What is the allure of VR?

51:50 What components are needed to cross the uncanny valley.

53:42 What are the most far fetched predictions for what VR will do to our culture.

58:51 Is VR a way to escape reality or will it enhance the way we perceive reality?

1:00:45 What will be the most important thing to happen to humanity in this century? Technology and its unpredictability in the future.

1:02:00 Does thinking about the future scare you or excite you?

1:02:50 Can VR be used to augment humans?

1:04:00 How will people react to the rise of cyborgs or lab grown humans?

1:07:50 Closing thoughts and how to stay touch.
Thanks again to my guests for being true scholars

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Peek inside the mind of Tony Davidson through his VR experience called Ethereon

Hello listeners! On today’s show I speak with Tony Davidson, the creator of one of the most immersive puzzle games on the Rift yet.

Here is a preview of some of the things we talked about:

35: What is Ethereon, how is it coming along?

2:30 Dk2 support for Ethereon Update

5:50 Tony’s Kickstarter plans, checking out the VRCade in Seattle and running into Tom Forsyth

10:15 How to assemble the best team possible for your VR project.

13:44 Figuring out how much to ask on Kickstarter.

16:50 Tony’s vision for what the final version of Ethereon will look like.

21:20 Why the rebirth of VR is different this time around..

23:40 What sorts of things can only be accomplished in VR?

27:00 What VR will look like 5 years from today?

30:07 Is there anything that can stop VR from becoming mainstream?

32:30 How to strike the balance between a benevolent and malevolent metaverse.

34:00 How younger people are reacting to VR . How to avoid sim sickness.

41:00 Will we see Ethereon on Sony Morpheus?

45:00 Balancing the hardware limitations of mobile platforms with the need for rich and immersive content. Creating design compromises that work.

47: 00 What will happen when we cross the uncanny valley?

50:30 What value could we gain from creating a replica of reality in the metaverse?

51:50 Closing thoughts and how to keep in touch.

Thanks again to Tony for being a true scholar and gentleman of virtual reality


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