A Parents Perspective On VR: Being Present

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When I’m playing a game, I zone pretty hard into it so that I’m not seeing the room around me anyway. But I also like the option to turn my head and look at other things — for instance, my family if they’re around. I do NOT want my kids to grow up seeing their dad play games with a mask on, shutting them out. If I do play games while they’re awake, it’s nice to have them hop on my lap, take over jumping duties for my character (hop hop hop), and talk with me about the various sights we’re passing. Being able to look at each other and communicate is key to not shutting ourselves in a game. (And wearing headphones is bad enough, sometimes). – Bio Break, “Virtual reality? Thanks, but no thanks.”

3DS Pricing Insanity

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The recent release of Nintendo’s newest handheld, the 3DS, has me questioning its expensive price tag. Priced out at $249.99, the 3DS runs roughly $110 more than the original DS did when it was first launched. In a time when home consoles start at $249.99, I find it hard to justify spending so much on a portable gaming system. What makes the 3DS so special besides the 3D? What sets the 3DS apart from Nintendo’s failed Virtual Boy?

I loved this game!

The games are what will ultimately set the 3DS apart. Besides Wario Land, the Virtual Boy didn’t have much going for it. So far, I haven’t seen any games that have me clamoring for the new system. Have you?

Sold

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This is one of those mornings where I am not too sure what to write about. Lately, I have been selling off my video game collection. So far I have managed to ebay my:

  1. Virtual Boy
  2. PS2
  3. Dreamcast

All had been sitting on various shelves, wasting their plastic lives away. So instead of letting them choke on dust, I figured that I would much rather sell them and let someone else play with them. No use keeping something if your not going to use it, right? So now I have a bunch of money saved up. What to do, what to do…

I‘ve been going back and forth between getting a PSP (to feed my handheld gaming fix) or a PS3. Either way, it looks like its going to be a Sony life for me (yo ho!). Now if only these early Black Friday deals would feature some sort of deeply discounted PS3 bundle. Here’s to dreaming huh.

Happy Tuesday!