I think until they can make higher-res displays, a lot of it depends on finding a gameplay/use case that works better with the interface.

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I think until they can make higher-res displays, a lot of it depends on finding a gameplay/use case that works better with the interface. I’ve tried a bunch of games with VR modes, and a bunch of games that are VR-based but could easily be screen-based, but only a few that are actually better in VR.

Beat Saber’s one of the best. You slice cubes with lightsabers in time to music. It really wouldn’t be as effective on a regular screen, even with something like a wiimote.

I imagine FPS and stealth games would work pretty well too. I played a demo of a Star Wars game at the mall a couple of years ago that was impressive, at least for the first experience.

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Realized what I like about No Man’s Sky is that it combines aspects of Minecraft …

Realized what I like about No Man’s Sky is that it combines aspects of Minecraft (which I’ve played a LOT over the last 5 years) and Wing Commander: Privateer (which I played a LOT of back in the 1990s).

Both open-ended, self-directed sandboxes. Like Minecraft you seek out resources and build equipment and bases. Like Privateer you fly through space and do different types of missions depending on what you want to do.

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computer trouble, being dealt with, just annoying (followup)

(following up on battery/drive trouble)

Laptop has been shipped out and back with a new battery, seems to be working fine. 🎉

New HDD should arrive tomorrow, but I’ve got all the data off of the one where SMART was indicating likely failure within 24 hours 😱 and was able to wipe it before it died.

And now my desktop monitor is dying. 🤦‍♂️ Admittedly it’s 12 years old and isn’t even full HD, but FFS, the timing…

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Robocall from power company apologizing for the 2-hours-long-and-counting outage at my address, assuring me it’ll …

Robocall from power company apologizing for the 2-hours-long-and-counting outage at my address, assuring me it’ll be fixed soon and they’ll keep me posted.

Me: What power outage?

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My best guess: Either someone reported the wrong address for an outage, or there was an outage nearby that didn’t impact my building. But I didn’t see any repair trucks when I went outside, either.

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computer trouble, being dealt with, just annoying

1. Had to take the laptop in due to imminent battery failure. Apple apparently designed a laptop that their own techs can’t service, so they had to send it in to swap the battery.

I remember an older model MacBook where I was able to order the replacement battery, have it shipped to my home, and then swap it out using a coin to turn the latch.

2. Had to pull recent stuff off the storage drive in the desktop due to imminent drive failure (thank you SMART warnings!), which is manifesting itself in a drastic collapse of data throughput, which is of course slowing down the process of getting those recent files onto a drive that’s in better shape.

At least I don’t have to run out and buy a replacement drive on a holiday. But it’s still not what I wanted to do with the afternoon.

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Followup

Grocery & takeout run yesterday, first since Tuesday’s CA “reopening”

Grocery & takeout run yesterday, first since Tuesday’s CA “reopening” (i.e. no more restrictions on what can be open or what capacity, masks only required if unvaccinated, but venues can still have their own requirements if they want to.) Most people are still masking indoors, even in the mall (I forgot which entrance the restaurant was next to).

Holding out hope that in this area at least, people are taking it slow this time instead of throwing caution to the wind again.

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