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Dubbed “Sword Art Online The Beginning Project,” this IBM-sponsored concept is based on the popular virtual world anime in which people play a game by the same name. This project is currently accepting applications for over 200 people to test it in Tokyo from March 18 to March 20. Participants will wear VR headgear and, according to Dengeki Online, will appear in the virtual reality space as 3D scanned avatars, turning their whole bodies into controllers, so to speak—instead of using a traditional gamepad. The VR experience will also take advantage of IBM’s SoftLayer cloud service and its cognitive systems.



I find it very interesting that IBM, a company known for computer hardware innovation and super-computing, is backing this video-game project. Before now I have not seen any indications that IBM cared about PC gaming at all. Regardless of what anyone says though, I really hope this project comes to fruition and is not limited to just Japan. If so, I know where I will be spending the majority of my future time

Source: http://kotaku.com/ibm-is-making-sword-art-online-for-real-1760758238

Official Website: http://www.vrmmo-project.jp/

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The opportunity the TV anime in 2012, game, to expand the multimedia deployment such as Komikaraizu, not only the climax of the domestic novel "Sword Art its popularity spread that is a big hit as well and of exceptional overseas ·online". Reproduce the world of virtual reality games that are drawn in Sakuchu, held the "Sword Art Online The Beginning Sponsored by IBM," which was referred to as SAO alpha test as a place that you can actually experience the advanced technology of IBM you. The world was collaboration with the "Sword Art Online" is, has become a content that can image the near future that "If cognitive computing is exploited in the future of the game?". Their event participants, emerged as a scanned 3D model is the avatar, all of the innovative online system where you can experience the game along with the other participants who were connected by a virtual reality space, IBM cloud services " It was realized on the SoftLayer. " Or bring a change in how everyone of business and life is state-of-the-art technology of IBM, about the possibility of the future and the future use of the technology is opening up, please come and experience through this opportunity.

My apologies for the very rough translation from Japanese to English. But judging by this article from the official website, it seems like IBM is just doing this to show off some of their new technologies? If so, that would mean this entire thing is only a "tech-demo" and will not actually make it to completion as a legitimate game. I sincerely hope that is not the case, but if that ends up being the fate of this project I would at least like to see some footage of what the ~200 testers actually saw while playing.

- Insan1tyOne biggrin.gif
Edited by Insan1tyOne - 2/23/16 at 10:53am
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A VR mmo with full body control / use? I need to finish all my pending games before the release of this. rolleyes.gif

If someone else develop this same game concept with lightsabers (and is good) I think I'll never play another game. biggrin.gif
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We don't have the tech for this yet. Maybe in 20 years.
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A VR mmo with full body control / use? I need to finish all my pending games before the release of this. rolleyes.gif

If someone else develop this same game concept with lightsabers (and is good) I think I'll never play another game. biggrin.gif

I agree!
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We don't have the tech for this yet. Maybe in 20 years.

I think we have enough of the technology available today to make this happen. VR headsets, motion-tracking, body scanning, and supercomputers / mega-servers. That is 99% of the technology needed to create a good version of SAO in my opinion. All of these items can be available in the users home as well, even a body scanning device. Things like the Kinect already do it to some extent.

The only parts of the true SAO game that we are not currently capable of is "full-immersion" where the user is put to sleep and can actually "feel" what is going on inside the game by manipulating your sleeping brain. This technology is still 30-50 years away I suspect.

- Insan1tyOne tongue.gif
Edited by Insan1tyOne - 2/23/16 at 11:21am
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Screw that! Sword Art Online = you die in the game and you die in real life.

Sorry, but real life is the hardest game ever and people try everyday to escape and and "LogOut".

How is a video game which is similar any different other than you can now become a murderer in under 10 seconds. hmm..
    
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The only parts of the true SAO game that we are not currently capable of is "full-immersion" where to user is put to sleep and can actually "feel" what is going on inside the game by manipulating your sleeping brain. This technology is still 30-50 years away I suspect.

Not sure if I want that immersion level, still want to do other stuff (or being conscious of other stuff while I'm playing), so "actual tech" should be fine for me tongue.gif

Regards.
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Screw that! Sword Art Online = you die in the game and you die in real life.

Sorry, but real life is the hardest game ever and people try everyday to escape and and "LogOut".

How is a video game which is similar any different other than you can now become a murderer in under 10 seconds. hmm..

I'm not sure I'm following what you're saying, but a few friends and I were actually discussing this issue and we decided that it would be best if when you "died" in the game the only way to continue playing was to "reincarnate" as an entirely new character where you start from scratch with nothing being carried over from your previous character. Not even friends.
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Not sure if I want that immersion level, still want to do other stuff (or being conscious of other stuff while I'm playing), so "actual tech" should be fine for me tongue.gif

Regards.

I'm not sure I want that level of immersion either! It would be cool to try out and see what it is like but I would always be afraid that my brain would be messed up in true SAO style.

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Well I could use a game that makes me exercise... smile.gif
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Sounds really cool. Cant wait to see screens of it.
     
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Of all possible stuff, they had to choose SAO? Come on...
Make something like GITC, people will be trippin' balls for that.
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