Oculus' Mobile VR Jam 2015

We are still buzzing from completing the Oculus VR Jam and getting selected as finalists so even though I don't normally write project retrospectives the Oculus community has been so positive that I feel like giving something back (however small).

We're very grateful of Oculus and Unity for hosting this game jam and for all the effort they are going to for judging the entries and we're also very pleased and humbled to have been selected as a finalist.

But first of all a small gripe:  Not every game that we thought were amazing made it to the finals and some rather dubious entries did. This maybe be due to the fact that the finalist were selected purely based on descriptions and videos and that each entry was reviewed by (at least) 3 random judges (which might lead to score skewing). This method makes sense due to the sheer volume of entries but is less than ideal for all the hard working innovative devs who didn't get selected.

You might think being up against a weaker selection of games would give us a better chance at a prize but we'd much rather see all the truly innovative games get the exposure of being a finalist.

Anyway, usually post-mortems follow the 5 wrongs and 5 rights format so without further-ado:

...continue reading Oculus VRJam 2015 Post Mortem

Razer showing off their OSVR to punters at CES using our game:image1

 

 

It's great how much people are loving ElementL. It might be due to it's simplicity and fluidity, people just get it once they figure out the basic controls. That and it feels great to be chucking fire balls from your own hands! We'll probably pick this back up after Kaiju Panic.

 

More details of the OSVR here:
http://www.razerzone.com/osvr-hacker-dev-kit

Get the game here:
http://mechabit.itch.io/elementl

Leap Motion:
https://www.leapmotion.com/

Found a couple videos of people playing ElementL on youtube.
They are all fantastic, I especially like the one with the mother playing, virtual reality can bring the older generation into games!
Thanks to all the people making recordings, always love watching people's reactions to my games :)

...continue reading Player Reactions: ElementL

Here's some screenshots from our Leap motion jam entry

Leap Motion VR Jam

Left and right hands hold different powers, use the opposite element against enemies for massive damage!

Combine both hands for a special attack.

ElementLHere are some floating skulls in a spooky bamboo forest.

ElementL entry: http://itch.io/jam/leapmotion3djam/rate/13511

Here's the rest of the entries: http://itch.io/jam/leapmotion3djam#entries

 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/18/oculus-rift-john-carmack-interview/

 

The one thing that we wanted to add but couldn't with the vr jam entry was to add positional tracking to the pecking motion but it seems the next version of the oculus rift devkit will have this feature so expect us to take advantage of it 😉

It sounds like the rift will be using an optical solution as opposed to sixaxis STEM magnetic based tracking which will be interesting to see.