Oculus’ Luckey: VR Is A ‘Pretty Expensive, Relatively Primitive Proof Of Concept’

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Oculus’ Luckey: VR Is A ‘Pretty Expensive, Relatively Primitive Proof Of Concept’

Even though in-home virtual reality soon to be a consumer reality, gamers still have a lot of questions. How much is it really going to cost? What kind of room setup do I need? Which company should I be jumping on board with?

Oculus founder and virtual reality pioneer has just added a new question to that mix, “Should I wait until the hardware is less expensive and more developed?” The answer ultimately rests with your comfort in being an early adopter, but Luckey admits that what we’ll be able to buy in the next six- to nine-months isn’t emblematic of where the technology will eventually lead.

Speaking with Gamespot, Luckey admits that he understands some consumers’ and critics’ hesitation about the technology. “I don't expect everyone to be interested in VR as it is today, which is honestly a pretty expensive, relatively primitive proof of concept compared to where we want it to be, where science-fiction depicts it,” Luckey says. “But it is inevitable that it will become better." 

Reader Discussion: What Have You Been Playing On The Long Weekend?

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Reader Discussion: What Have You Been Playing On The Long Weekend?

It’s Labor Day weekend here in the United States, which means we get an extra day to wish the summer farewell. That also means last week’s barrage of quality games isn’t so daunting.

We want to know what you’ve been playing this weekend. Did you continue to plow through your backlog, or did you pick up something new last week?

And if none of last week’s games caught your interest, tell us what you’re looking forward to. The fall has just begun, and your wallet is likely shaking in fear. 

Star Wars: Uprising Action-RPG Arriving September 10

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Star Wars: Uprising Action-RPG Arriving September 10

The bonanza of Force Friday toy news is now in the past, but that doesn’t mean the road to The Force Awakens doesn’t have some imminent excitement. Kabam is getting ready to launch the latest mobile game in the Star Wars franchise, giving players something to bridge Return of the Jedi to Episode VII.

Star Wars: Uprising is a free-to-play game for iOS and Android that is only the second story following the armageddon that destroyed the Expanded Universe. The first, Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath, is available now.

The story brings players to the Anoat sector of Star Wars’ sprawling galaxy. That slice of space is where you’ll find Hoth and Bespin, both familiar settings that have no doubt changed after the fall of Darth Vader and the Emperor.

Pikmin 4 Is Coming, ‘Very Close To Completion’

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Despite not cracking falling short of sales expectations, Pikmin 3 is getting a follow-up. Famed developer Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that Pikmin 4 isn’t just in development, it’s probably not that far off.

Speaking in just-published statement made to Eurogamer that took place in July, Miyamoto reveals his team has been hard at work on the title. “[Pikmin 4 is] actually very close to completion," Miyamoto said. "Pikmin teams are always working on the next one."

The publisher re-confirmed that it is in development in a statement to the publication. According to Nintendo’s most recent software sales update, Pikmin 3 hasn’t cracked the 1 million sales mark. 

Your Labor Day History Lesson

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This article was originally published on Labor Day in 2010. I can't remember what possessed me to write an abbreviated history of the national holiday's origin, other than a few (and highly tenuous) comparisons to BioShock. Honestly, the story has virtually nothing to do with video games, but it's an interesting story nonetheless.

For many gamers, Labor Day is a pleasant excuse to spend a three-day weekend playing video games. Little do they know that the events leading up to the creation of the national holiday contain enough political intrigue to form the backbone of the next BioShock. Join us now for your Labor Day history lesson.

George Pullman                                                                       Eugene V. Debs

New Releases This Week: September 6 Through September 12

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New Releases This Week: September 6 Through September 12

After last week's madness, we get a slight reprieve in the coming days. While many players are still chewing on Metal Gear Solid V and Mad Max, others have been eagerly looking forward to this Friday.

One of Nintendo's most anticipated games of the fall, Super Mario Maker, puts the tools in players' hands. With a potentially infinite amount of content thanks to level-sharing, you can live out Mario's dreams (and player-created nightmares) on Wii U. 

Also this week is the long-awaited release of Kickstarter-funded Armikrog. For PlayStation fans who missed Tearaway on Vita, you've got another shot with the PlayStation 4 adaptation.

Ubisoft’s Movie Division Planning To Open Malaysian Theme Park In 2020

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Ubisoft’s Movie Division Planning To Open Malaysian Theme Park In 2020

Ubisoft has announced plans to open its own theme park in Malaysia. The facility, which will showcase attractions from Raving Rabbids, Assassin’s Creed, and Just Dance.

The publisher’s motion picture division (responsible for the Rabbids television show and upcoming Assassin’s Creed film) are spearheading the effort. Ubisoft is creating the theme park alongside RSG, a development company specializing in this kind of effort.

RSG is also behind the Movie Animation Park Studios, opening in Malaysia next year. The Ubisoft park will open in 2020.

Readers Pick A Winner In The Metal Gear's D-Horse Vs. Witcher's Roach Battle

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Yesterday we asked readers to pick between what will likely be 2015's most prominent video game horses – Roach and D-Horse. Here are the results.

The winner was pretty clear – D-Horse is our reader's preferred mode of animal transportation in 2015. It may be because most players are currently playing The Phantom Pain so D-Horse is on their mind. It might also be because D-Horse can poop on command. I think the main reason, though, that many picked D-Horse over Roach, is because he has unlimited stamina. Roach tires after a period of time.

Many readers ignored the premise of the argument and decided to pick other well-known horses. One said Agro from Shadow of the Colossus, three folks said Epona from Ocarina of Time, and Shadowmere from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and any horse in Red Dead Redemption got four votes each. One commenter did call out a specific Red Dead Redemption breed. John Marston wrote, "The Kentucky Sadler," which is the fastes breed of horse in Red Dead Redemption.

PewDiePie Hits 10 Billion Views On His YouTube Channel

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PewDiePie Hits 10 Billion Views On His YouTube Channel

Popular Let's Player and South Park guest star Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg recently hit an impressive YouTube milestone.

Today we made history! 10 billion views! THIS IS INSANE. Thank you all so much! Kisses pic.twitter.com/L3Td2HMX4N

Today, Kjellberg hit 10 billion views on his channel – a first for YouTube. The second and third most subscribed YouTube channels after PewDiePie (according to Wikipedia) HolaSoyGerman and YouTube Spotlight, boast two billion and 600 million views respectively. PewDiePie is way ahead of the pack.