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    Default Microsoft's 'IllumiRoom'




    http://www.gametrailers.com/side-mis...fts-illumiroom




    Essentially, it will use a projector to display images outside of your viewing screen for increased peripheral awareness. They are looking to use it in conjunction with the Xbox and its Kinect add-on.


    I think it's campy, but probably neat. I can only imagine having the cockpit of my starship projected upon the walls of my room.

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    Seems neat for about five seconds. This level of 'immersion' is a bit creepy to me, though - especially with that guy's glassy eyed stare while he's blowing shit up.

    But then again I'm old fashioned and still have not been convinced that the Wiimote or Kinect are worth anything either.

    The Nintendo DS with its dual screens and touchscreen is probably the biggest non-gimmicky innovation for gaming to date, IMO.

    Edit: also if anything I'd prefer goggles so that visual information is smooth and consistent and not tainted by conspicuous bookshelf.

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    That is the stupidest name ever
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    Call me spoiled with modern technology, but I'm not all that impressed with it. It's just a projector. So what? I could buy one and display it on the side of my house if I wanted it really large and "immersive," but I don't. It doesn't even look that great and it will probably cost way too much.

    It wouldn't work with my TV anyway. It's in the corner of the room. :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by UniqueMixture View Post
    That is the stupidest name ever
    Wii might have something to say about that.

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    I think it's great - maybe not in its current incarnation, but this is getting closer and closer to some really important integrations. Kinect and this gets close to the 3d head tracking that Johnny Lee showed (he then went on to MS). I was fiddling around with this, and let me tell you, it's pretty... freaking.. awesome. I was trying to do it in virtual space (ie: not using the tv as a focus point). Man, I want to go back and work on that now.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd3-eiid-Uw for the head tracking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UniqueMixture View Post
    That is the stupidest name ever
    Pretty much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    Wii might have something to say about that.
    Wii is at least funny.

    IllumiRoom sounds like some art deco shit. Something that a cloistered stuffed shirt would enunciate.

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    I think it's pretty cool.. Having the TV leak out into other aspects of the room--the fact that the room looked like it was shaking when he was firing.. It was campy, and frivolous but I thought it was pretty cool all the same..
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    Microsoft has had a history of recent bad names.

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    Xbox Music (what the hell?)
    Metro AKA Modern AKA Windows 8 User Interface
    Charms Bar
    Windows 8 Store Apps
    Google Play / Play Books? / Play Video? (I couldn't resist - and it draws parrallels to Windows Live too)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Folderol View Post
    Microsoft has had a history of recent bad names.

    Bob
    Xbox Music (what the hell?)
    Metro AKA Modern AKA Windows 8 User Interface
    Charms Bar
    Windows 8 Store Apps
    Google Play / Play Books? / Play Video? (I couldn't resist - and it draws parrallels to Windows Live too)
    Well I'll have to give them credit on IllumiRoom at least because it is somewhat unique.

    At least it's not one of those descriptive adnoun names like Braid or Amnesia. The developers for those are so damn lucky that they caught on, because these days a name like that is a fucking search engine nightmare. It's a habit that needs to stop, and soon.

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