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Valve recently announced Steam Dev Days, a two-day developer only conference designed to let game creationists "meet in a relaxed, off the record environment". Naturally topics will run the expected gamut of weird Steam projects, with sessions covering everything from the Workshop, the in-game economies of TF2 and Dota 2, the future of Steam Machines, and the production of Gabe Newell's Power Owl. But also listed on the conference's sessions page is a talk titled "What VR Could, Should, and Almost Certainly Will Be within Two Years," the brief of which reveals the existence of a Valve-assembled VR prototype.
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Alright, I just have to say this... I don't like the idea of virtual reality. I don't know why, but it seems like such a gimmick. Plus, why would anyone want to become that immersed in a video game? VR is where my line is drawn. It just seems like too much.
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Alright, I just have to say this... I don't like the idea of virtual reality. I don't know why, but it seems like such a gimmick. Plus, why would anyone want to become that immersed in a video game? VR is where my line is drawn. It just seems like too much.
I want oculus for a full sized screen + 3d more then looking around etc. [a lot cheaper then a tv]
I thought rift with the trackpad thing would be great. Get some exercise while playing
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Alright, I just have to say this... I don't like the idea of virtual reality. I don't know why, but it seems like such a gimmick. Plus, why would anyone want to become that immersed in a video game? VR is where my line is drawn. It just seems like too much.
I think it largely depends on what type of experience you're trying to achieve.

For example, games like F-Zero GX or Metroid Prime Trilogy are cases of where, barring some crazy quantum mechanics and parallel timeline stuff, you currently cannot experience such a thing in real life even if you wanted to. By contrast, something like the Battlefield 4 campaign would not be something I would want to experience in real life...
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While "proper" virtual reality - as in plugging yourself into another world - would be good, I don't think I could ever have a long game session where I swing around a really heavy sword or run everywhere. Not the most relaxing thing in the world, though for short bursts it would be unquestionably awesome.

 

With stuff like Oculus Rift, I like the idea but I'd be far too lazy to use that for extended periods of time. Maybe a good thing, but it'd be one of those things I'd have to experience first-hand to decide on.

 

That said, having a high quality screen in front of my eyes with a controller/k+m in my hand is something I'd definitely consider.

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Alright, I just have to say this... I don't like the idea of virtual reality. I don't know why, but it seems like such a gimmick. Plus, why would anyone want to become that immersed in a video game? VR is where my line is drawn. It just seems like too much.
That's the focus of many games and movies today, Immersion and what better way to be completely immersed in an experience than through something like Oculus or a similar VR tech.
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They could just buy Oculus Rift :)

 

Anyway here is another article in this subject.

 

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/11/20/seeing-double-valve-set-to-reveal-its-own-vr-hardware/

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