The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive were both released in 2016, but what was the best VR experience of the year? The RPS Advent Calendar highlights our favourite games of the year, daily, and behind today’s door is…
Virtual artistry tool Tilt Brush.
I’ve lost entire afternoon’s to GeoGuessr, hitting the button again and again to teleport to a random place in the world in Google Streetview and then try to work out where I am from the scenery. Now I’ve spent a similarly long afternoon making Google do the guessing. Quick, Draw![ official site] is a sort-of game, sort-of web tool in which you doodle images upon request and a neural network tries to guess what it is you’re drawing. Come, play, abandon productivity. Read the rest of this entry »
Over the weekend I decided it was time to dive back into Google’s VR art project, Tilt Brush [official site]. I hadn’t played it since a brief demo out in Seattle but I had an afternoon of waiting for a Sainsbury’s delivery* ahead of me and access to an RPS Vive. That header image isn’t mine, by the way – it’s by Tristan Reidford! I’m more about trying to master the basics right now.
Something I was fiddling with initially was the background. You get to sort of set the skybox to different things as a backdrop for your work – black or white offer you a plain background but I wanted to do something foresty so I picked the night sky with all the stars overhead.
Google search’s autocomplete suggestions offer strange and wonderful glimpses into what the rest of the world wants to know. It’s trying to help us by guessing what we’re after, but we’re left with a giddy voyeuristic thrill wondering “Who is asking this and why?” Now there’s a game based on those autocomplete oddities.
idiots.win [official site] is a free browser game which starts asking Google incomplete questions then shows you five of the top ten autocomplete results – can you guess which is #1? It’s a big of a giggle, yeah?
YouTube have announced a subscription service called YouTube Red. We’ve known it was on the way for a long time, but now it’s official. In return for a monthly fee, you can watch YouTube videos without ads, save them offline, and gain access to a bunch of original content being produced by YouTube themselves in partnership with some folks you’ll have heard of, including popular game-player/millionaire/generational hot take topic, PewDiePie.
When all the websites got together for their spring barbecue last month, so I’m told, YouTube had a little too much to drink and caused a scene. “Who’s beer is that?” the website would ask, teetering over the booze table. “BIG DADDY VIDEO’S BEER!” It claimed everything it saw – the barbecue, the grass, the jazz quartet – and even kicked Buzzfeed out the paddling pool. Except. When it claimed dominion over a gaming PC in the lounge, Twitch stared it down. “Don’t you know who I am?” roared Big Daddy Video and Twitch twatted it. Out cold. One punch. So I’m told.
Perhaps in retaliation, YouTube yesterday announced YouTube Gaming to shore up and bring together gaming videos and livestreams and whatnot. Streaming might be less awful, for starters.
If you use Google’s web browser Chrome, you might notice that Unity games embedded in web pages no longer work as of the latest update. As they’ve planned to since 2013, Google have disabled support for the way the Unity plugin works. Unity 5 does support WebGL, which works without plugins, but for now that’ll leave a whole load of browser games not working. You can re-enable support temporarily, if you don’t mind digging in settings, or simply use a different browser.
It’s been a while since I had to fire up another browser to visit certain websites that wouldn’t work properly in mine. It’s like the browser wars all over again!