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  1. Gigawatt

    Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

    Just to pick up on this, it seems to affect people differently. I’ve never had a particular problem with airsickness, but I know lots of people who have. In fact back in the day (when this was all fields) if student pilots were suffering with airsickness they would be sent on a separate course aimed at increasing their tolerance by taking them up in a jet (Hawk in the RAF), taking them to the limit of what they could handle before vomming and then backing off. Again and again and again. If you think that sounds horrible then I completely agree, but I guess it adds credence to the idea of getting your ‘VR legs’. Of course the difference in real life is that you get the ‘feel’ of the accelerations and rotations so there isn’t necessarily the disconnect that you get in VR (plenty of other problems though). Having a good external horizon helps, and being in control also seems to make people less susceptible. Certainly the times I’ve felt worst have been sat in the back with a particularly digital dude in the front. It all gets a lot worse when you take away the external reference (like a dark night or in cloud), when it’s very easy to get spatially disorientated or for the body to get seduced by somatogyral or somatogravic illusions. That opens up a whole new kettle of worms where you can quite easily be convinced that you’re the right way up even if you are at some random attitude. If it’s any consolation trying to play Skyrim VR made me want to hurl so much I haven’t dared put the disc back in over a year later.
  2. Gigawatt

    The Great British Bake Off

    Right, I have a very important question that’s been bugging me for the last few series of this. Every episode the contestants (and I think presenters and judges) are wearing the same clothes for the whole weekend. I presume that this is for continuity reasons so they can use shots as and when they need to. So is it: A. The production staff wash all the clothes overnight and present them clean, dry and pressed ready for the showstopper? B. They have a budget to buy everyone 2 identical outfits for each week? C. The contestants are minging in stinky sweaty clothes by the end of day 2? These are the things that keep me up at night.
  3. Gigawatt

    Future Man

    I blasted through it in a couple of days when it first came out and thought it was great. It’s clearly parodying so much other stuff but it does it with tongue firmly in cheek and is fantastically stupid with it. Without spoilering it for other people, some of the later story beats involving extended period pieces really cracked me up. I watched it on Hulu, where is it on in the U.K.?
  4. Gigawatt

    PlayStation VR

    If anyone’s in the US the Playstation Black Friday deals went live today. I just bought the Skyrim pack which has the V2 headset, camera and moves for $350. With sales tax that works out at about £288 which I think is a pretty awesome deal, especially with the new headset. Can’t wait to get stuck in.

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