Oculus founder: 'I'll be damned if some random delivery guy will deliver the first Rift.'

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Oculus founder: 'I'll be damned if some random delivery guy will deliver the first Rift.'

One very lucky developer and gamer got the surprise of his life

Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, is trying to get warm. "They have real buildings here in Alaska, I'm glad to report," Luckey told Polygon. He had taken the time to travel to Anchorage two days before the Oculus Rift's official launch to hand-deliver the first retail Oculus to a very surprised buyer named Ross Martin.

It all seems a bit bonkers, but you can watch the video for yourself.

Star Wars Battlefront is offering free (in-game) money this weekend

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Star Wars Battlefront is offering free (in-game) money this weekend

Run go get it

Star Wars Battlefront is dropping a bunch of its virtual moolah on any player who logs into the game this weekend.

Just show up any time today or tomorrow and you'll get 5,000 credits. This is the stuff that unlocks in-game items, including weapons, Star Cards and character skins.

Halo 5: Guardians allows a peek at what's on the way with Ghosts of Meridian

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Halo 5: Guardians allows a peek at what's on the way with Ghosts of Meridian

The next free update arrives in April

The next update coming to Halo 5: Guardians is Ghosts of Meridian, and in an update on Halo Waypoint 343 Industries shared details of what players may expect in the package of maps, vehicles, weapons, armor and more.

Ghosts of Meridian will introduce 35 new items to Halo 5's requisition system, or the library of unlockable weapons, cosmetic skins and other rewards. An image at Waypoint teased some of them that are on the way, including the Hannibal Scorpion tank, Dynast armor, and Tartarus' Gavel, which is a giant melee hammer. There is much more detail on the reqs that have been revealed at this Waypoint post.

MLB The Show 16 gives video gamers two pitchers in one with the ambidextrous Pat Venditte

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MLB The Show 16 gives video gamers two pitchers in one with the ambidextrous Pat Venditte

But only Venditte gets to switch-pitch; you can't create a player with his talent

Last year when Pat Venditte brought his unprecedented switch-pitching ability to Major League Baseball, I flat-out declared that this talent would never find its way into Sony's MLB The Show series, and Venditte, a long-time minor leaguer, would only throw left-handed in a video game.

Well, I'm flat-out wrong. In MLB The Show 16, which launches Tuesday for PlayStation 4 and PS3, Venditte throws with both arms and is able to change mid-game as he does in real life.

Elite: Dangerous will soon get the voice of William Shatner

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Elite: Dangerous will soon get the voice of William Shatner

Let the soothing voice of Captain Kirk be your guide through space

Players of Frontier Developments' space simulation Elite: Dangerous will soon have the option of listening to William Shatner, best known for his roles as a Priceline spokesman and Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk, as they trek through space, thanks to an upcoming add-on voice pack.

HCS Voice Packs, a third-party provider of voice packs for Elite: Dangerous add-on VoiceAttack, will release the Orion pack featuring Shatner on April 8. The pack will include some 1,300 phrases spoken by Shatner for use in conjunction with the voice command plug-in. Shatner's dialogue will replace Elite: Dangerous' default computer voice.

That Dragon, Cancer dev calls out Let's Plays for why game hasn't turned a profit

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That Dragon, Cancer dev calls out Let's Plays for why game hasn't turned a profit

'All we are asking in return is that you honor our work'

Numinous Games has "not yet seen a single dollar from sales" of That Dragon, Cancer, designer Ryan Green said on the game's blog. Fan-made Let's Play videos featuring the game stand as a major reason for why that is, according to Green, who goes in-depth on the effects of the genre on That Dragon, Cancer's profitability.

In a post entitled "On Let's Plays," Green addressed content creators who have taken to sharing That Dragon, Cancer playthroughs and videos on YouTube. That's a practice which, he said, allows people to experience the crowdfunded indie game without spending money on it.

Perception is a sound-based game of hide-and-seek

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Perception is a sound-based game of hide-and-seek

The stakes are a little higher than your average schoolyard game

In Perception, sound is both your lifeline and your downfall.

Perception is a Kickstarter-funded, first-person horror game from The Deep End Games, a studio made up of developers who worked on BioShock and Dead Space. The game follows a blind woman named Cassie as she explores a house with a confusing relationship to time and space; throughout the game's story, Cassie will find herself in different time periods and places.

On eve of VR launches, hands-on with a new haptic ideal

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On eve of VR launches, hands-on with a new haptic ideal

One company's plan to bring touch to VR

I arrived at the University of Pennsylvania's Levine Hall on the same day as "eight major AR / VR vendors," the week before the 2016 Game Developers Conference. I wasn't told what those eight firms were but, if you count up the companies active in the space, there aren't many. We were all there to see a product from a company called Tactai that promised to solve one of the space's most pressing issues: the absence of touch.

Why UPenn? Because Tactai's technology is based on the work of Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker, a tenured associate professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics at the Ivy League university, whose research on haptics and touch made her an expert in the space years before virtual reality would give it new purpose. See, for example, this profile from Popular Science that listed Kuchenbecker in its "Brilliant 10," or this 2012 TED presentation titled "The Technology of Touch."

Netflix has been throttling mobile video on AT&T and Verizon for years

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Netflix has been throttling mobile video on AT&T and Verizon for years

Mobile data caps are the worst

Following accusations last week from T-Mobile that AT&T and Verizon were limiting the quality of Netflix video streamed to mobile devices, Netflix admitted yesterday that it was the company doing the throttling.

In a blog post last night, Netflix tried to position throttling as a measure intended to "protect our members from overage charges when they exceed mobile data caps." The company said that for more than five years, it has capped mobile video "globally" at a bit rate of 600 kilobits per second — far lower than the quality that modern 4G data connections are able to deliver.

EA Sports UFC 2 patched to address inappropriate religious celebration

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EA Sports UFC 2 patched to address inappropriate religious celebration

Not everybody crosses their chest

EA Sports UFC 2 developer EA Canada patched the game yesterday to remove a particular religious celebration animation, after players and one of the fighters on the UFC 2 roster complained to the team.

One of the post-fight victory celebrations in UFC 2 was an animation in which the winner quickly crossed himself or herself on the chest. This caught the attention of Khabib Nurmagomedov, a Russian lightweight fighter who is playable in the game.