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One day, somewhere in the Spring of year 2006, I have been graced with the possibility to enjoy FREE freedom-to-do-as-I-please-away-from-work (read: took semi-forced unpaid vacations because of REASONS. Those were harsh times for the video-game industry. Or maybe just the company I worked with. I don't know, POINT IS I was perfectly fine with the idea of having 2 surprise weeks of R&R).
And so, I went to E3 in Los Angeles. There I saw bunch of hot titles and rooms full of props and boot-babes and... a particularly unattractive section that looked like a weird dealer's room from an anime convention. At first it gave the impression of being the backstage of the main event floor's, or worse, the ''we couldn't afford being on the main floor, but YAY! we may have ruined ourselves just to have a spot somewhere in E3, BUT WE ARE IN. God-I-hope-we-can-find-a-buyer'' room.
That room turned out to be the most interesting of them all. I saw a PS2 controller made of buttons that you lock into your joints to create combinations of moves that allow you to FIGHT LIKE A DUDE FROM TEKKEN, as you play Tekken, a mouse that moved on the x y and z axis, and a thing you put on your head to play a game.
That game was more primitive than Pong itself. If I had to give that demo a name, I'd call it ''mind wrestling''. Because it kinda was just that. You'd put a helmet on your head, and then someone else would do the same. Now without trying to look too constipated, you'd try to figure out what way to think or ''be at ease'' (I don't remember really) to push your bar as far as possible, more than the other person. Kind of like arm wrestling and tug-of-war, FOR YOUR MIND.
I didn't think much of it, but thought it had potential, given I figured works of fiction had already been made with the idea of controlling a machine with the mind. Back then, I only knew of Macross Plus the anime, but apparently in 1982 this questionably poor movie with Clint Eastwood called FireFox (written in SEGA font) came out and it was all about flying a plane WITH YOUR MIND (in Russian). I kind of only got to know that last bit today from replies on the site of the article I just posted here though.
But yeah, awesome stuff.
BUT IT GETS BETTER.
A mere TWO YEARS later, I stumble on this:
It's insane, it's got so ahead. And now, today, we just learned (well, I just learned at least) that they are planning on making that tech be used to flying freakin' planes.
Now I tell you, if we're ''getting close to fly with our minds'', I'm pretty sure we have a safe mastery of the tech to map ''a mere handful'' of controller inputs.
I'll just leave this here.
I can't believe there has to be such barriers in this day and age... but I won't rant about that, nay, I'll rant about the fact I HAVE YET TO PLAY EDF 2025. Still, I really want to keep playing EDF:IA, but alone will feel like such a drag and I already feel that, despite not having unlocked all the weapons ever, I have seen the end of it, ya know, from having beaten the game on the hardest difficulty already. Given the life of my Xbox 360, I'm hesitant to bring such a beast-of-a-game I know I'll be pouring lot's of hours into on my console. I fear it's a matter of time before it dies on me. I'll cross my fingers for a PC port for now.
Or OR, even see some workers (in a GTA-like game) scrub the graffiti you did in some area... and maybe, if you get busted, one of the potential consequences for petty crimes could be some manual labor sentence, and one of them being scrubbing off graffiti... graffiti that YOU did! O HOW IRONIC.
I've made it a point to get Vanquish before the end of this year, but I'm so concerned about how more awesome it might be compared to Warframe, I'm afraid I wouldn't want to get back to Warframe once I'd be done with Vanquish! Not to mention that, given it's been so long since release, I'm also a BIT concerned about whether I'd be able to find a copy anywhere.
On a Spartan note, the day I showed up all dressed up as one for work, was still warmer than the day I did the same in Saint-Zénon (where I had another costume party... which is 140km North of Montreal. oh and the party was in November): http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1865145/
Would you believe that -10ºC feels considerably colder than -4ºC? Crazy stuff! Might have had something to do with me having wet feet from stepping in the snow in sandals... or maybe also me being half naked. Yeah, must have been that.
Well, more accurately, of this image in particular: http://beanjamish.deviantart.com/art/Nasaghast-20...
Must have been the color palette, and that guy's expression... looking like he's about to turn into a NASAghast. If you have a chance, and if you haven't already (and have a lot of spare time [and kinda are into that stuff, the comic isn't for everyone, really]), sink into The Adventures of Dr. McNinja!
It's like Deadpool and Batman as one more-or-less super hero.
About Out There though, it seems to be an interesting ''ISS Commander'' simulator! From the few interviews I've seen of Col. Chris Hadfield, and the couple anecdotes about how things ''tended to be on the verge of going horribly wrong on a daily basis'' up there, it sounds like Out There could be the closest thing to what it might be to command an International Space Station... of the future!*
*ya know, one going around planets and whatnot.
I wouldn't be surprised though that the PS4 allow you to use a USB Xbox360 controller if you want to. So I guess that ruins it for my trolling days.