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Good start to today, watching a SpaceX Falcon 9 take off from my back yard. It’s fun living in the future so far (not a dystopia yet, folks).

Ready Player One Reviews

You can read my review by clicking here.

Ian Hamilton's Review
I went to see Ready Player One with Ian Hamilton; here’s his take.

Ready Player One is a fun romp that’s even more dystopian than it realizes
I thought this was a fairly entertaining review because wouldn’t the solution to the dystopia in the film be to let Sorrento win and destroy the OASIS?

'Ready Player One' blends old-school Spielberg and trendy technology to create an excellent adventure
A positive review from my local paper.

‘Ready Player One’ feels like mainlining the VH1 show ‘I Love the ’80s’
Most of the negative reviews seemed to come from reviewers who disliked the film so much that they put no effort into writing about it (and littered their reviews with spoilers). Michael O’Sullivan seems pretty lukewarm on the film but at least he turned in a good review.

Articles

This Couple Met And Got (Actually) Married In VR Using Rec Room

Disney's ultra-realistic Millenium Falcon flight simulator will need 8 GPUs to run
This is going to be truly awesome.

Report: Magic Leap Ships First Wave of Headsets to Small Group of Partners
This is an incredibly broad patent, so not that interesting, but you’ll see mentions of Mixed Reality and Virtual Retinal Displays painting Apple’s OS directly onto your eyeballs.

Researchers Exploit Natural Quirk of Human Vision for Hidden Redirected Walking in VR

Apple's In-Depth Work on a Next-Gen Mixed Reality Headset is Simply Mind Boggling in Scope
This is an incredibly broad patent, so not that interesting, but you’ll see mentions of Mixed Reality and Virtual Retinal Displays painting Apple’s OS directly onto your eyeballs.

Notable Releases

OASIS beta
OK, more like OASIS pre-alpha. This is pretty polished for a movie tie-in. The lobby and menus suffer from tons of aliasing and unfortunately, of the three included experiences, two are wave shooters where you mow down hapless sixers. It’s a little bit curious how exactly that came about and why there are not three totally different experiences. Also the included Gauntlet experience is as close as you will get to the first challenge in the book, since it was replaced in the film by a deadly car race.

Wipeout Omega Collection VR Review: PSVR’s Tour De Force
Upload gives the new PSVR mode for Wipeout 9/10.

Videos

I posted the slide deck for this last week; it’s much better with the accompanying presentation.