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The Wombat Cave

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    Post your Doom video! [but don't quote video]

    How about actually running through doom on a VR treadmill. Here I am using the Virtuix Omni and Oculus Rift. All movement is done with the treadmill, no controlls were even mapped to the controller except fire, open doors, etc.
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    Doom 3 full 360 VR with Top Shot is Amazing

    Doom 3 BFG is easier than most FPS since Carmack did add basic VR support before he left. If you go to: https://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comments/2tni1d/doom_3_bfg_vr_w_rudimentary_dk2_support/ download the files and copy them into the doom 3 bfg directory. Oculus runtime 1.0 will have same compatibility as 0.7 and up, so should work with no problem. Games that are actually written for VR will just work innately out of the box. I do not have the steam version of Doom 3 BFG, however, when Steam VR is activated all games with VR support work very well, even with Oculus. I do not know if Doom 3 is that simple or not however, I have not tried it myself. The VR mod works with other mods including high def tectures etc. I am too lazy to install those as the resolution on current dev kits is so poor, might be something I would consider for CV1 though. All the older .wad games (doom 1,2 hexen, heretic, etc.) work out of the box with GZ3doom player, very simple. As for being scared. I can say, I played Doom 3 at release and it scared me, but I played it through, taking breaks when needed. Playing in VR now, knowing the jump scares, I have a hard time forcing myself to walk into a known scary scenario. It is far more intense, causes natural self perseveration instincts to kick in.
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    Doom 3 full 360 VR with Top Shot is Amazing

    Well I typed the descriptions and that is how it made me feel when I played it. My wife has been telling me to post the bloopers and all the times everyone quits, maybe that is a good idea. My intension was to show how capable the gameplay is.
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    Doom 3 full 360 VR with Top Shot is Amazing

    Your RIGHT! I spent $25 thousand on VR and camera equipment to make $1.50 per MONTH in ad revenue ;). Seriously though, I've been purchasing and working with VR equipment since I was in college in 2000. Until now I have only done it for ourselves, friends, etc. My kids are getting older and hounding me to be on youtube cause they think they will be stars like pewdeepie. I won't let them do it alone so I do it with them and teach them to edit, etc. Corey is an employee of mine, I hired him at my work when he was a teenager, and he is now majoring in graphical design, so using my wife's studio is perfect for him. Aside from that my agenda in posting the video is to spread awareness. I full heartedly believe in VR and have wanted it to succeed since childhood. It will fail unless people have awareness and support it. Since most people don't have several thousand to throw at "toys" in these early days, I do want to show what it is capable of when these technologies are combined together. But, thank you for the feedback on his gameplay, I will tell him to do more "over the top" acting like most people do on youtube... ;)
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    Doom 3 full 360 VR with Top Shot is Amazing

    Believe me I did not handle this well. Corey does not scare easy and never gets any motion sickness (which is a problem without the positional tracking like new CV1 will have). That is why I have him experiment so we can tweak ideas. I can't get anyone else to play long enough to get anything meaningful from it, too scared. He did however get so scared he had to take a break while playing Boogeyman, that game is just too much.
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    Doom 3 full 360 VR with Top Shot is Amazing

    It is not annoying at all. We set up chairs as a general barrier to keep you in place. Yes currently aiming is still done via head tracking which will change with decoupled aim in a few months. I am setting these games up so it will be easy to transition to using my Virtuix Omni treadmill and Sixense Stem controllers when they arrive. Playing games in this fashion is extremely fun and very immersive. Most everyone whom has tried playing doom 3 this way tore the rift off and said it was too scary they could not do it.
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    Doom 3 full 360 VR with Top Shot is Amazing

    Actually they do. The Oculus Touch and HTC Vive controllers, as well as Sixense Stem will allow 1:1 tracking of anything you are holding in game. All of these devices will be released in just a few months. For now I use the Top Shot Elite as holding the gun definitely adds to immersion even if it is not yet fully tracked, and having to physically turn your body to move in game brings it to a new level. I agree with you however, and am extremely excited for the other devices to arrive!
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    Doom 3 full 360 VR with Top Shot is Amazing

    Working our way through FPS games in preparation for the new Oculus Rift and Virtuix Omni has brought us to Doom 3 BFG. The increased graphics add a realism to VR that makes it almost too scary to play, especially when you have to physically turn your entire body to face the other direction. Holding the Top Shot Elite, even though it is not tracked, convinces your mind it is a gun and makes it all the more real. https://youtu.be/GvZ4-DgpkH0?list=PLQ0X5AEMsFWIDAAelI787F69Gd2_3Ee19 Doom 3 while standing in Virtual Reality in complete 360 degrees makes it an entirely new gaming experience, it's awesome.
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    Will Doom 2016 have Virtual Reality Support?

    I also enjoy my Rift for simulators, namely Elite Dangerous. I found using the X52 Pro and Voice Attack made it so I did not need the keyboard at all for Elite, just a tip. But, there is just something about playing an FPS in VR while standing with a gun in your hands that makes you feel awesome, especially in the gruesome badassness that Doom and Quake give. I do believe VR is the future, and that it will take hold quicker than most people think.
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    Brutal Doom played in full 360 degrees with Oculus and Top Shot Elite

    I've sunk over 10 grand into VR over the last 10 years or so, but never felt it was a waste. I have learned a great deal while friends and family had a blast playing with the tech no one had ever seen before. Now that the dream of mainstream virtual reality is nearing fruition, I do not mind being an early adopter to show that it can be a viable way to not only play games, but interact socially, explore the world, present past and future. That is why I like to demonstrate the Doom and Quake in VR. There is nothing fancy, or technical about it. You can pick it up and play for hours without issue. That is where VR needs to go. But if you can play Doom 3 in VR while standing in the middle of the room with a top shot elite and not be convinced it is the future, than nothing ever will and VR is just simply not for you. Had my wife test Doom 3 last night, the first monster she was trying to shoot and reload in a panic at the same time, and physically backpedal backwards in the room, her mind was convinced she was on Mars in those corridors. THAT is the VR dream.
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    Brutal Doom played in full 360 degrees with Oculus and Top Shot Elite

    LOL, rereading it I guess it kinda does. I'm just afraid VR will fizzle out due to lack of support, and then my wife will realize how much I spent on all this VR equipment and make the couch my new permanent home...
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    Brutal Doom played in full 360 degrees with Oculus and Top Shot Elite

    There are dozens of VR specific games being developed for release this year. Looks like Virtual Reality will have a better launch title selection than the consoles usually do at the start. Wish Doom 4 had support, but looks like ID is still a little bitter toward Carmack. I am sure it will be modded, but as you noted mod support just isn't the same.
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    Brutal Doom played in full 360 degrees with Oculus and Top Shot Elite

    Everyone that I have had play Alien Isolation refuses to play again, it is that real and terrifying. That being said the game is unplayable for reasons you mentioned about the hud. People are being turned off of VR because of poor mods, and incomplete compatibility. Once there are official AAA titles built from the ground up in VR, it is no longer a novelty experience. $600 is steep, almost made me hesitate, but the realization of a childhood dream supersedes paying bills, right? lol. The price will drop soon, I'm just not willing to wait that long. Here is some VR gameplay of Alien Isolation, this was before I cleared out a room for my Omni, so it is not full 360 degrees like others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gen1GJoLO5U
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    Brutal Doom played in full 360 degrees with Oculus and Top Shot Elite

    It is worth the money, don't hesitate. Once CV1 releases, the price of Dk2's on Ebay and the like should drop considerably. Oculus has stated they will still support DK2 at launch, at least for awhile. Might be a more cost effective way to get some VR. The DK2 is a very impressive piece of hardware and gives excellent Virtual Reality experiences.
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    Brutal Doom played in full 360 degrees with Oculus and Top Shot Elite

    TrackIR is a waste of time compared to this. I realize the Oculus consumer version is $600, but I can attest it is worth it. Anyone who has not tried the new VR needs to find a way to experience it for themselves. Yes there is screen door, yes the resolution is low, but your brain doesn't care. Once you are spinning around and shooting demons, it is real. It is so immersive and so much fun, it cannot be explained, you must experience it for yourself.
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