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  1. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    Due to an early childhood strabismus, my vision is biocular (I switch back and forth between two working eyes) rather than binocular (both eyes work together). I can, with considerable effort under proper conditions, force my eyes to work together briefly to yield proper depth perception (for example, using the old View-Master toys). It’s not reliable. 3D movies give me little 3D effect and headaches. I suspect that VR is going to give me similar problems.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      Not to get all evopsych on everybody but I can totally see how these sorts of vision problems are evolutionarily-useful defenses against VR.Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain says:

        There is a genetic component to strabismus occurrence (my mom had it, so does my son). There’s also, as I recall, some correlation with fine motor skills. Even paleolithic humans had a need for geeks, if they could produce better flint points or other useful items.Report

        • Avatar Maribou says:

          @michael-cain I have basically the same condition you do (hooray I’m not alone!) and similar trials with 3D.

          I tried out the rig today, it didn’t allow glasses, and while it did give me a headache, it was *more* immersive, not less so, due to not being able to see properly….

          Really uncanny in a very exciting and fascinating way.

          My body was very not ok with it after about 10 minutes though.Report

  2. Avatar Pinky says:

    I’ve never been a fan of zombies. I remember Romero’s slowpokes, and the innovation of 28 Days Later’s speedsters, but they never really engaged me as interesting monsters. I’ve never watched The Walking Dead, and I’ve never understood why the zombie apocalypse became such a popular meme. That said, during the last Steam sale, I picked up Left 4 Dead, and I’ve really gotten into it. Zombies are the perfect opponents for a first-person shooter. The game has a nice mix of redshirts and serious challenges. I still don’t think I’ll ever pick up the sequel, though. It’s got a different cast of main characters and I’ve really bonded with the originals.Report

  3. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    I walked around San Francisco yesterday to learn the meets and bounds of my city. While walking I encountered a few young people walking from the March for Our Lives protest. The politics of this moment are interesting. The pro-gun side had passion behind them for decades and that helped them in the gun control debate. Most Americans favor gun control but don’t have strong feelings about it. After Parkland, something broke and millions of American youth are simply not having it anymore. It helped that many of the Parkland youth had an education that really helped them navigate the politics of it. General liberal anger at Trump and the Republicans also broke the straw on the camel’s back. Now the gun control side has passion behind it that can match the feelings of the NRA.

    The NRA might still win the current round in the gun control debate. They have a lot more money than the Parkland students and can also vote. They have deeper connections to the Republican Party and the Republicans are fanatical on this issue. Yet, they are making the same mistake as late Prohibition era Drys by not giving an inch. The Wets originally just wanted to reform the Volstead Act so beer and light wine was legal. The American Temperance movement was so vehemently against drink that they wouldn’t do this at all. The NRAs insistence on a maximum reading of the Second Amendment will undue them. The gun control side might just get pissed enough to say fish it and abolish the Second Amendment and go for maximum gun control.Report

  4. Avatar Maribou says:

    @leeesq @kazzy @mike-schilling Dudes, this is Mindless Diversions. It’s a Saturday! post about games. Please cease and desist to discuss gun control on this thread. (Pointed at this by Jaybird, who is in this case 100 percent in agreement with me.)

    Further comments on this topic will be deleted.Report

  5. Avatar James K says:

    I don’t see myself getting into VR games any time soon. I tend to play strategy games and the less-actiony RPGs. A visceral, in-your-face experience is the last thing I want from gaming. To me, a good gaming experience is a game I can play while drinking coffee, that doesn’t mesh well with VR.Report