Hugh Hancock

Hugh Hancock

  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    I actually laughed at this comment - my optician's rather well-known internationally as being on the cutting edge of his field. However, I'm not him, and I may have failed to communicate exactly what the issues are. You're absolutely right,...
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    Interesting. I don't, but there probably is some. Best practise for text placement in VR at the moment (and remembering these are very early days) is to place it in world-space, not screen-space (things attached to our head aren't comfortable...
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    Very good point on the affordability. The PLaystation VR set is probably the best hope in the near future for mass VR takeup, on the principle that a lot more people can afford a PS4 than a high-end PC. Unless,...
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    I'd also be very interested to hear about this. Feel free to email nomad AT strangecompany DOT org or Tweet @hughhancock ....
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    Other pastimes that require top players to be extremely fit: * MMA (practised by approximately 1 million people) * Marathon running (1.5 million people in the US alone) * Soccer (270 million players worldwide) Doesn't seem like that's a huge...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Yeah, the empathy effects are fascinating and massive - and we've only begun looking into them. I believe a number of major charities are funding VR development for just that reason, though. And porn - yeah, porn's going to be...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Yes, that's something that took me totally by surprise too! Even if you ignore gaming and porn, VR STILL has massive, world-changing-for-the-better applications. There are a couple of apps that do things very close to what you want. Virtual Desktop...
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    That won't work in the case of the Vive. This is an important point: whilst it looks like the Vive is the Wii 2.0, it's actually a completely different animal. The Wii uses a pretty crude accelerometer to approximate motion....
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    Sure, there will be bad things too. Change tends to come with both!...
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    Half. The group included a 59-year-old and an 86-year-old, neither of whom are keen gamers....
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    Yup, this is particularly a problem with the older DK1-style headsets with slower refresh rates and no positional tracking. So far it looks a lot like the Vive has 99% solved the nausea problem, at least with experiences that follow...
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    Interesting! You're not the first person I've heard talk about VR as having positive effects on lazy eye. It really is surprisingly useful......
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    I'd definitely be up for that. Voice synth is something I don't know enough about and I'd like to correct that. Let me know if you're in the 'burgh!...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    On the Corporate Cthulhu front, Bruce Sterling just retweeted something rather apposite: "Leave understanding human speech to us and focus on your differentiated value add to customers” is a sentence I just read on the Internet. Invest now for a...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Yes, I agree. If you've got the Old Ones and Elder Gods (Nyarlathotep aside) actively recruiting, then I'd say you're outside your Lovecraftian mandate. They Don't Care. It's kind of the point. What I was envisioning with the final point...
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    Heh! In all seriousness, it has modern horror elements in places, certainly - particularly in the latest series....
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    No need for them to be cooked... Raw meat's sometimes disgusting, but nutritious. (Although I agree, it needs work. Version 0.1 of the elevator pitch :) )...
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    Hunger. Yes. That's a very good point - whilst I've touched on this a bit in point #4 there's much more that could be done with it. "The Rats In the Walls", ghouls - there's lots of reference to hunger...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    I'm very much looking forward to them! The writing it was very useful for me, too - obviously I'd considered some of these concepts, but it's really helped clarify them. Lots more nightmare fuel for Carcosa and the film series....
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    Thank you! It's nice to know I've succeeded in my aims :)...
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    Drugs! I forgot drugs! To be fair, they kinda come as a sub-category of "any school of psychoanalysis has enough horror potential to keep Blumhouse Productions in business for decades.". But SSRIs, nootropics, and other self-altering drugs - not to...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Not exactly "in our environment", but refined sugar would spring immediately to mind. There's a growing body of evidence that says that it's somewhere between "not terribly good for us" and "pretty much toxic". And then you get into slightly...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    I think Cthulhu, and his associated elements, tend to get rather short shrift. Sure, he's not the most interesting of Lovecraft's creations in and of himself, and "Call Of Cthulhu" is definitely not his best story. But there's more meat...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    "OK, Google, Summon Cthulhu!"...
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    What do you think of Haunter In The Dark? That's my usual go-to for a genuinely disturbing Lovecraft tale....
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    Both of these approaches are sometimes a good idea, of course. I'm a very big fan of thinking outside the box - indeed, my entire career is more or less built on that principle. A lot of corporations, particularly smaller...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    Speaking to the Hollywood side of things - as a filmmaker with a background in historical martial arts, there can be some unforseen problems in depicting accurate fighting styles. Often, the divergence between traditional Hollywood / stage swordplay and the...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    Your experience of the film world is markedly different to mine! It's absolutely routine for a Hollywood-level screenwriter to spend six months or more on a screenplay: indeed, it's recommended. That screenplay will often then go back for subsequent drafts,...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    I'd imagine the "don't chase the trend" rule rather changes if you're self-publishing, though? It certainly does in film, where the "Mockbuster" (low-budget rip-off of a big movie franchise) is an established if not particularly honourable way to make money....
  • Commented on The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war
    There's a problem with any attempt to insert false results into search engines. There's a huge, well-funded, massively international industry devoted to very carefully analysing, parsing and researching exactly what causes search results to rise and fall across the major...
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