A few years ago I purchased some property in the mountains of southern Vermont where I am planning to eventually build a house. It’s a beautiful place and is about 15 acres with approximately a third of that open fields and the rest woods. There is a stream, a farm pond, and a three season cabin on the lower portion that is enjoyed many weekends throughout the year – except the coldest parts of the… Continue reading
I have been making a little progress on my alien assimilation game. I have it working with SteamVR 2.0 now with some initial core mechanics. Basically you can just blast the city and pickup the debris which fuels your ship. You can also collect humans which just say funny things at the moment – they will eventually give you power ups as you collect them! The goal will be to assimilate as many humans as possible within your limited invasion window while keeping your ship powered and defending it from the human army trying to take you down. It’s pretty simple at the moment, but the explosions are satisfying!
So I decided to spend some time with Steam VR and try the new Steam VR Unity Plugin 2.0. I am mentoring at the Reality Virtually hackathon at MIT next week helping represent Wayfair and the Next team there and wanted to be knowledgeable of all these recent changes. I also wanted to test my current game project in both the Rift and the Vive so now seems like a good time. I currently have… Continue reading
Just relaxing a bit after the holidays and decided to play Lost Loot since I haven’t tried it in a while. It still runs beautifully on the Rift and is so much fun. There is something nice about just sitting back and relaxing with the controller and wandering the ocean looking for treasure in VR. It may not be perfect but it is a fun little game and those megalodons in the depths are still scary!
I wanted to discuss Pica Voxel which is a great little voxel framework for Unity that I have been using in my latest project. It is written entirely in C# and works pretty well. I have had success with it and plan to use it as the core in my next project. The best thing I like about it is that it has shaders that produce a really nice flat shaded look. The… Continue reading
If you are not using Unity Hub to manage all those versions of the engine you have installed you should get it now (download is at the end of the linked Unity Blog post). I have been using it for a while and find it almost indispensable for managing the installs, related components, and launching the right one for various projects.
You can likely surmise from the absence of posts over the last two years that the update to Lost Loot stalled and lost momentum. I ran into too many issues with performance around the terrain and the trees that made it just not workable and I couldn’t reliably meet frame rate on minimum spec machines. Another big reason was that I felt the third person miniature approach I switched to was ultimately the wrong direction and dependent on a controller that wasn’t the future of VR where room scale and hand presence is the standard. I may jump back into it once Unity revamps the whole terrain portion of the engine but that may be a while!
Here is some concept art from my 8 year old son – two units we will have in the alien invasion arcade game we are working on. He likes to mock things up in Minecraft. I am starting to train him with MagicaVoxel which is what I am using to build the voxel models for the game. These units will likely grow in detail over time. I am focusing on a programmer art approach which is to get things in then refine them over time as the game play takes shape and the fun emerges!
I really loved this summary of the event and totally agree with this!
“It’s a turning point & the birth of an embodied community of passionate AR creators. Spatial computing is here & is inevitable. Now the journey is to align idealistic vision with pragmatism.”
I wanted to share my thoughts on the Magic Leap One. I was able to work with the device as an early access developer at Wayfair and I built an experience for it called Wayfair Spaces that is published on Magic Leap World. These are some of my personal thoughts about the device and the bigger picture of this tech and community of early adopters around it. I honestly believe that Rony and… Continue reading
This is the trailer we made for Wayfair Spaces which I built for the Magic Leap One and is on Magic Leap World!
This was my L.E.A.P. badge – we were in the showcase doing demos of Wayfair Spaces there!