What if everything you worked for in your life got so intense, that you reached your breaking point? Do you think you would go into this mental state where your mind would close everything off around you or do you believe that everything and everyone around you would have no idea what was in front of them? Sometimes we may feel like we have reached a point of no return in life, but then there are things that remind us… Read more.
Escape Into Your Reality
The Developer’s Spotlight
When thinking about the pioneers of gaming, who comes to mind? What games can you think about that truly helped the games of today? Games always had to start with an idea before they can become a reality. But sometimes those ideas can become ahead of their time and have a following that one can only hope to have. So when I heard that the founders of Sierra-On-Line had started a new company and remaking one of their text-based games… Read more.
Think about the Old West where there were not any electronics, the congestion of things like traffic, and a simpler time of life. How do you think you would handle this era of time? Would you try to survive the way of the land or help and try to progress it? But what if this era was part of the gold rush where everyone was trying in the hopes to strike gold? Things could get hetic, where even a war… Read more.
Road Trips can be a lot of fun. Time with friends and family as you travel to new places and make new memories. But what if you could build your own roads the way you wanted. How do you think it would turn out and what do you think would be the responses from your passengers? Would there be determination or would it be a comedy showcase just waiting to happen? Either way, road trips can be a lot of… Read more.
When you hear the words, Kung Fu, what comes to mind? Would it be the training one must go through? What about the fighting skills one would earn? What about the focus of the mind someone would have throughout their journey? The art of Kung Fun takes dedication, training, and the mindset to truly become successful. But when I heard that the developer, Field Of Vision, had made something that allows you to do all of this while improving your… Read more.
If you could work at a radio station as a DJ in a small town, what kind of music would play? Would you try and play all the hits or would you maybe tone it down and play what your audience wanted? Would you add interviews into your routine and interview the local hero or try and get those bigger stories? But more importantly, do you think everything would go to plan as you envisioned it? Being a DJ would… Read more.
If you ended up in a terrible place such as Hell, how do you think you would be judged? What pain would you feel and would you have any memories to remember? If the pain and agony became so bad, do you think you would have the strength to survive? Pain and suffering can take a toll on the soul and too much pain and our minds will begin to wonder to help try and offset some of the pain.… Read more.
If you could have a musical sandbox to create in and share with the world, what do you think you would create? Do you think interacting with an instrument would be too difficult or something that would only take just a few seconds to get the hang of where you could make a masterpiece that you have always heard in your head? Music can really help set us free. So when I heard that publisher Fast Travel Games and developer… Read more.
What if there was an alien invasion, how well do you think you would do? Would you be able to fight against them if needed? Would you be able to do it by yourself? If you had the right people, how well do you think the outcome would be in your favor? Aliens and the thoughts of invasions have been part of our culture through books we read to movies we watch to even the games we play. But when… Read more.
When you hear the word puzzles, what comes to mind? It might be a puzzle you have to solve to get to the next stage, a crossword puzzle, or even a puzzle you get from a box. Puzzles can allow you to take from your normal life and routine and just give you some time to rethink and be refreshed for when you finally put the pieces together. But when I heard that the developer, Realities IO had made a… Read more.
When you truly think of horror and Virtual Reality what comes to mind? Is it the screams that you hear or possibly make? What about the jumpscares when you least expect them? Maybe it is is being in the atmosphere of it all. There truly is something about horror in VR that is truly intriguing and can become even more surreal than you may have ever thought possible. So when I learned that developer, Alien studio was making a horror… Read more.
When you look at the world around you, what do you see? Do you the kindness and thoughtfulness of humanity or something different? Maybe humanity sees you as someone different or even makes you question if you belong. The world at times can be a great place, but the reality for many can be a cruel place when it comes from our nationality to our age to the way we look and even the color of our skin. Sometimes when… Read more.
In the world, there are special forces within different countries. Some have good intentions while others may not seem as such. But what if in the world was a secret organization and within that organization, greed and power ruled the minds more than anything? Do you think you could do what it took to stop them alone or do you think a team of the most skilled players in the game would be necessary to make sure that evil would… Read more.
Flying through space is something we have all thought about at some point in our lives. The ability to fly and see different planets while admiring the calm that would surround us. But, if that flight turned out to be a combat to do whatever you could to save mankind, how are would you be willing to go and risk it all? It's quite fascinating when you think about not only good times that could be had, but with the… Read more.
Think about where you live and what would you change about it. Would it be something as simple as a fresh coat of paint or maybe it would be a new and interesting renovation? What if you woke up and were introduced to an empty canvas where you could grow and harvest your own crops to trading and selling to make your life and those around you become the idea, the dream you have been thinking of? What do you… Read more.
If you could travel through time, where would you go and what would you see? Do you think you would see historic events play out right in front of your eyes or maybe try and interact with someone from your own past? Being able to time travel is something we have all thought about from the movies that we have seen to the books that we have read. It really is quite an interesting topic of discussion when you think… Read more.
Some of the most memorable moments I have would be at night time and just looking up at the stars either right next to a campfire and trying to find all the constellations. And even when I could not find them all for that time of year. Even when the nighttime was over, it was even looking into the clouds and seeing what could possibly appear. All I had to do was open my mind, my imagination, and just see… Read more.
Mini Golf can be a lot of fun. Trying to line up your shot and hoping you can make that hole in one. But it can also be a lot of fun with friends and you can all escape and just let time pass by. Each of you going through each of the 18-hole courses in hopes of not only having the bragging rights but just the opportunity to have some fun. So when I heard that developer, Mighty Coconut… Read more.
The game of Darts can be fun as well as having the patience, practice, and mentality to make sure you have what you need to win the game. If you don't have the patience, you could throw it too quickly, or slowly you could miss your mark or the board. If you don't practice, chances are that you may never be on the top of the leaderboards. And you have to have the mentality to know to aim for that… Read more.
There is something we can all agree about Virtual Reality and that is the escape it allows us to take. We can become anyone, do anything, and pretty much go anywhere we want to. If we want to experience what it's like and be as close to dinosaurs as possible, become a Viking, visit the 7 Wonders of the world, ride the roads in the apocalypse, or even go down the rabbit hole, we can. Virtual Reality allows us to… Read more.
Side-scrolling shooters have always had a place in many of our hearts. From the high scores that we can try and achieve to the power-ups, we can gain to even the ways of trying to study the enemies. There is just something about them that has always interested me and I have always thought about how new ways of playing them could be incorporated. So when I heard that developer, Ivonvich Games was paying homage to the classic side-scrolling shooters,… Read more.
What if there was a time, much like now, where things as we knew changed? Taking what we would consider being a normal life, flipped on its head in ways we possibly could not think about. But what if a pandemic became much worse? What if what we are experiencing now turned out to be the world that we knew, into a frozen ice age where humanity could not live above the ground, but had to be forced below. How… Read more.
If you could be a detective, how well do you think you could solve the clues of the puzzle? Do you think it would be a walk in the park or would it take more than meets the eye? What if your main cases were not of the normal, but of the paranormal? I think if given the opportunity to try to solve a case of the paranormal kind might make the outlook on life that much more interesting. So… Read more.
The game of Disc Golf can be a fun one. Something about throwing a disc and hope that you can hit the target in as few throws as possible. Sometimes, distractions can come into play like wind or the weather, and sometimes you could be having the best game of your life. But when I heard that developer Immersion Games was taking the sport of Disc Golf and making it where you were playing as a ninja, I had to… Read more.
Whenever you step foot into an arcade either one that is tied to places like miniature golf to even ones that be stand-alone, what type of games are you drawn to? Is it the latest or greatest arcade game experience or maybe the ones where you can win tickets to get those big prizes like Basketball or Skeeball? For me, I have been drawn to the fast action of Air Hockey. But I would always find a way to try… Read more.
Music, rhythm, mythology are interesting words. You can have the mythology of the story and it will help tell the story. But when you bring in other aspects of the story such as the music and the rhythm into the mix, it can really add the impact of the mission of the statement that is trying to get across to so many. I really love a good story that is being told, but when you can have the hero with… Read more.
Science can be a wonderful thing. But it's how far one is to go that can make one question if they should. If you take everything you know, your conscience into an AI, would you even stop to question what could go wrong or would you think about the possibilities of it all? Would the world change for the worse or for the better because of the discoveries you made or would your desire turn into greed? It really is… Read more.
We are full of life with the strengths and weaknesses to define who we are. The body over time goes through many changes. But when that body can go no more, what happens to it or even the soul? Do we stay around or do we move on? What if, in some form, our soul could become one of the stars in the night sky as we look up and wonder? It really is interesting when you think about it.… Read more.
When hearing the word Japan, what kind of things come to mind? The art? The people? The culture? Maybe for some, it's the food, the landmarks, or maybe even the importance that Japan brings. For me, thinking about all of this does come to mind, but also the rich history that is still presented to this day. So when I heard that developer Endeavor One made a game where you take on a role as part of the imperial class… Read more.
Have you ever seen horror movies where there is a scene involving a summoning and sometimes it may go right, but there are times when you knew the characters should have not gotten involved. Then later on in the movie, we were right and chaos and horror start to unfold. But when I heard that developer Rhine Games was making a game about a summoning gone wrong that involves plush animals, I wanted to know more. So I reached out… Read more.
If people started to disappear around you, how would you feel? Would you start to worry that you were next or worry more about possibly who could be next? Would you try and find out what has happened, no matter what would be the outcome? Being brave is a very honorable trait to have as we always need to be careful with what we do and how we do things. So when I heard that that developer John Coday made… Read more.
Putting words together to tell a story can be crucial to the way the story is told. Sometimes it's finding the right letters for the words of the right context that can either be the fun part of the challenging part depending on the person and the situation. If you had a time limit to spell as many words as you could, how well do you think you would do? Would the pressure of coming up with a new word… Read more.
If there was a missing person that was locked up, what would you do to help? Would you break in knowing that the wrong move could be the last one? What about calling for help? What if the only way to help would be by just the guidance of your voice? Hopefully, none of us ever have been faced with that situation, as for me personally, I am not sure what I would do without being in that moment. But… Read more.
If you were stranded on a remote mountain facility facing not only the unknown but enemies everywhere you looked, what would you feel? Do you think you would go in and take the atmosphere by the hands and use your infamous battle cry or would you be more strategic about it? Do you think your thoughts would be clear or would they be clouded based on what was going on? Maybe you would just see your life flash before your… Read more.
If you could travel across a virtual zone in a pair of starfighters to defend the core from doom, how well do you think you could protect it? Do you think you could go in without a second thought, without any hesitation to save the day or would you go with a more strategic approach? How well do you think your reflexes would be with bullets flying at you from different directions? To me, I would need to be in… Read more.
During times of the pandemic, there are many of us who want to get into shape, keep up the heart rate, and just overall improve our reaction times. We want to be able to train like there is no tomorrow all why trying to have some fun while doing it. If you train from the world's best sports professionals, what would stop you from stepping up to become a better you...from training like a pro? Honestly, there may not be… Read more.
If you could take the word rhythm and add freestyle, dancing, and retro into the mix, what do you imagine? Do you imagine something as simple as the space around you or would be on a more massive scale such as a world or worlds? If you could add some music into your experience, what do you envision to sound like or even look like? Would the space or worlds that you imagined be full of colors and just have… Read more.
If you could take your favorite toy growing up and let your imagination go wild, what would happen? Would it be some type of adventure at sea fighting pirates or possibly in space as you try to stop an alien invasion? Regardless of the scene or story being played out, it is pretty much good vs evil in the scenario. But in those battles regardless of what side you and your friends would be on, the action was pretty much… Read more.
If you were to take a trip on the water, where would you go? Would you plan for every scenario possible that you could think of? What about food, water, or even shelter from the weather? I am sure we can all agree that we would do whatever we could to prepare for whatever situation may come our way. But what if that one thought didn't cross our minds, the act of being lost on the water without any way… Read more.
If something were to happen to a friend, a loved one, or even you, what do you think happens when we pass? Some say we go to the next life, some say to heaven, and some say to the final resting place. It may be hard to know for sure based on what one may believe. But what happens on that final journey that our soul goes on? Is it a look back at our life, do we visit those… Read more.
Think about some of your favorite outdoor activities that you wish you could do right now. What would they be? Maybe going to the beach? Maybe playing your favorite sport? Maybe it's just being in your favorite vacation spot? For some, being in the water being able to scuba dive, and going into a different world where they are the visitor is the best activity. All of these and more are well respected and should be explored as we never… Read more.
What would you do if you could enter a world with others as you all discovered an abandoned town? Who would decide what skill would be suited to help develop this land? What would be your skill, a carpenter, cook, warrior, or maybe a blacksmith? Then what if there was more to the place than just a town waiting to be developed? If there were caves and monsters, do you think you and the others could work together and make… Read more.
Have you ever had a bad dream so bad that you thought you were awake and the nightmares were so bad that they seemed so real that you woke up in a sweat of your own fears? Were you able to go back to sleep afterward or did you have to stay awake only to fear what would happen if you did enter your dreams again? Horror and Virtual Reality can play tricks on the mind as you enter the… Read more.
When you hear the word franchise what comes to mind? Maybe it's your favorite series, movies, games, or even books. Is it the characters, the world it portrays, or could it be the adventures it takes us on that make it the lasting impression that keeps us coming back for more? For me, it can be a variety of things from the characters making that special impact to the chemistry they have with each other. But it's when the franchise… Read more.
What would you do if one day you received a call asking for help? Would you continue with the call trying to figure out what was going on or would you hang up thinking it was the wrong number? Imagine being constantly spied on by the government where every move could mean a consequence. If you had the computer skills to hack the system, would you take it upon yourself to do what was right and help those who were… Read more.
If you entered a world where you had to defend your towers against the enemies who wanted to take control of everything, how well do you think you would do? Do you think if you came face to face with a T-Rex that you would be able to survive and live to tell the tale? When it is in the middle of a battle, could you handle everything that was being thrown at you or do you think you would… Read more.
Have you ever wanted to travel into space with your friends? What do you think you would do? Land on a planet, the moon, or try and risk it all and land on an asteroid? How well would you be able to handle gravity? But if there were a list of commands that had to be followed, do you think you all could work together to make sure the mission you were on was a complete success, or would you… Read more.
If you were in a middle of a war with the enemy firing at you, how well do you think you could actually hide? Do you think you could use the shadows to strike when it was the least expected? If you had a target of someone who your country thought was a serious threat in your sight, do you think you could actually do what you thought you could do or would there be a hesitation where your mind… Read more.
If you could race anywhere in the world, where would it be? What it be someplace exotic or would it be somewhere close to home? What kind of vehicle do you think you would be racing in? Something familiar or a new design that someone may have not even thought was possible? But what would you do if you could travel within a dimension of sorts? One that has a simple familiar vibe to it, but at the same time… Read more.
What would you do if were for some reason, trapped with what seems like no way to escape? Would you get worried or try to make sense of the situation you were in? What if you could travel between dimensions along with being able to use magic to help solve in order for you to possibly find an escape? Do you think you would succeed or get lost traveling between the dimensions? For me, I think it would be interesting… Read more.
There is something about the game of bowling that just allows you to take a break for a few games and try to bowl that perfect 300. Maybe it's picking out the right bowling ball, maybe it's the music that is playing, or maybe it's playing with other players that just brings the environment together? So when I heard that developer, ForeVR Games made a VR bowling game where you could bowl, play with others, and even have a variety… Read more.
If you could step inside one of your favorite games of an arcade, how do you think you would react? Would you know the game so well, that you could outlast, outcompete, and out win anything that came in your way? Or would it be a completely different world where what you thought you knew became the opposite and throwing you off your game? it is quite interesting when thinking about what the possibilities could be like. So when I… Read more.
Do you remember a time where you would place blocks or dominoes down in such a way to make them fall in a special way to make some pretty cool designs? Maybe you tried to make them go in a circle or tried to make things spell out a name? What about taking it another step further and add additional gadgets to make your own designs go from point A to B or even to point C in new and… Read more.
If you could shoot arrows like Hawkeye or Green Arrow, how far do you think could take your skill? Do you think you would be the best in the world without even trying? Or would there still be that ounce of pressure you would face hoping that your shot did not miss? What kind of special ability arrows you have? Would they be the exploding or piercing kind or maybe it would be electrical or made smoke with the impact?… Read more.
If there was a zombie outbreak, do you think you could survive long enough or do you think your time being alive would be short-lived? Would you gather whatever weapon you could in hopes that it just may buy you a little more time or would you have a more strategic outlook on things? I am sure many of us think that we could be alright for the most part, but then other things you have to start to think… Read more.
When you hear the word DOOM what comes to mind? The iconic fast action shooter, the memories of the multiplayer, campaign, or maybe even invasion. All of those would be strong candidates to describe the game that has been loved by many and I am sure many of you have even your favorite ones to describe the game. For me, it's all of them and also the science fiction of it all and how the game can throw the action… Read more.
When you hear the words sea, ships, treasure, and even islands, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Adventure, uncertainty, and even danger come to mind. But another word also comes to mind and that is pirates. Something about being out at sea on your own ship looking for treasure with the uncertainty of it all does kind of put that thought in your head and makes you think for a moment about what if you could be… Read more.
Have you ever thought about the simpler times in life? I mean the times where there is not the technology that we have today. Maybe it could be the Dark Ages as you go into battle with another with maybe nothing but a sword and shield in your hands with some armor on your body or maybe being a pirate as you fight other pirates on a ship with the waves crashing and hope you never have to go into… Read more.
The words survival-horror alone can automatically bring some of the best memories from movies and games for many. Trying to survive with what you have while the horror seems to be closing in on what may be your last breath. It can be fun to watch on your favorite screen or even when playing your favorite character in a game. But the moment you step into the genre in VR, the fun can easily be twisted to take you on… Read more.
Have you ever read a story or saw a movie where the narration just pulled you in? What about a narrative game where you just couldn't stop trying to reveal the details of the story? Narration can add a lot to what is being told if done right. But what if you could visit a place where mysterious creatures could roam and in this place a secret so big where the sanity you trusted, may not be what you thought… Read more.
Think about space and how big it is. The stars, the planets, the different galaxies that are all up in space. If given the chance, would you go, would you live, would you party like it was nothing of the world that you knew? I know that many of us will not be going into space any time soon, it is still fun to think about. But what if we could go with others and just forget our troubles? So… Read more.
Being an intergalactic gladiator would be an interesting profession. Traveling through space and being able to do the job most would not even think about or possibly want to even try. There is something about that freedom of sorts that can really help clear your head. There are pros and cons to everything, but what if you were on the ship and you crash-landed on a planet. Do you think you would be able to survive the elements or worse,… Read more.
Have you ever looked at the city at night with all the lights, the people, and just wonder? Maybe wonder about what really goes on or think about who truly is good and evil. Each person has a tale to tell if only you willing to take the time to listen. But what about those that can't make it for whatever reason? The ones that if given the chance could be something great, they just need to be able to… Read more.
Protecting an item or an object has worked well in Virtual Reality. The idea that it's all up to you to protect a person, place or thing with your life on the line as enemies are coming after you for the one thing that you are trying to protect. It can make our hand-eye coordination skills improve without thinking about it. So when I heard that Shocktopus Games newest game was involving goblins, I really had to know more. So… Read more.
When you think about it, people are very fascinating. From where they have been, who they have met, and even their hopes and dreams. No matter what, we all have a story to tell. Sometimes it's those stories that we may realize could be a form of guidance to our own chapters for our own stories just waiting to be told. So when I heard Developer ZenFri Inc. was making a game where you are the last human taxi driver… Read more.
When it comes to Virtual Reality, the horror genre can take some happy times in your life, invite you into its world, and then scare you as it plays your heartbeat like a bass guitar. When you add sci-fi with that horror, it can take you to places never thought possible when trying to figure out what happened and why. So when I heard about a new game coming to Virtual Reality called WREST, that will not just give you… Read more.
When you think about nostalgia and video games, what really comes to mind? A game from your childhood, a specific genre of games, or maybe a certain year for gaming. But when you are able to be in a game within a game and in Virtual Reality, it is a different type of experience that should not be missed. So when the sequel to the hit Pixel Ripped 1989 was announced, I was very excited to see not only how… Read more.
Let's think about something we all pretty much have in common, games. Do you remember the first game that you played? How about that one game that had such an impact, that maybe it made you view things differently or actually hit closer to your own personal experiences than you could have ever possibly imagined. Maybe that one game is part of your favorite genre or because the actors and actresses you have been admiring are part of it all.… Read more.
When you look at the world that we are in right now with the pandemic going on and having to stay inside with a majority of things around us closed, what do you start to think about? When will it end? When will there be a vaccine for the virus? Maybe even the thought has crossed your mind if you could only destroy something that you can't see? Those are all very good questions and I am sure there are… Read more.
Do you remember first hearing about the movie Sharknado and maybe we're thinking like many others, sharks and a tornado...how is that even possible. But then you started seeing the trailers and watched the movies and somehow, was drawn in. Then with each sequel, it seemed like more and more celebrities wanted to be apart of the experience. There was just something about the movie that didn't take itself too seriously, but it was all about having fun and just… Read more.
Do you ever read a story or see a movie and thought about how great it would be to enter that land and meet your favorite characters? Maybe you wanted to venture out more than what the story actually told or possibly wonder what it must have been like to visit that place and see what things were like before the hero of the story was introduced. Thoughts like this always make me think about the what-if possibility of the… Read more.
Think about games and how some have survived on different generations of platforms over the years, what comes to mind? Before you answer with your favorite FPS shooter or driving sim, let's focus more on the music genre. Maybe one with space, aliens, and a reporter named Ulala. From the being released on Game Boy Advance to Dreamcast to even PlayStation, Space Channel 5 is one title that many will have some memory of. So when there were talks about… Read more.
When you hear the word Cyberpunk, what comes to mind? Dark...Futuristic...Danger? Yes, those do come to mind and so much more. Being able to enter a world where crime is s steady threat against a city and having bullets fly all around all with the neon colors lighting up the area can be both jaw-dropping at times as well as putting you against the world as you could be taken as the threat that is there to interrupt the flow.… Read more.
Think about all the things that you are able to do in Virtual Reality based on the experience that you are presented with. From exploring to survival, Virtual Reality gives us a way to interact with different objects in different ways. Even if you are surrounded by zombies, the experience can sometimes be scary and sometimes it is just a matter of having some fun while trying to survive the zombies. So when I heard about Throw Anything and the… Read more.
Imagine being part of a town where everyone knows everyone and it has this balance that just seems right. Then one day something happened that wiped out the town. As time passed, you would have many questions that all you want were the answers. But if you had a chance to get those answers, how far would you be willing to go to get them? Would you do whatever it took, no matter what would be in the unknown? With… Read more.
When you think about your life, do you ever think about the past and ask yourself, “What if I could go back to that time and do things differently?” I am sure we all do, but as much as I think we would all love to, realism comes into play and we cannot change the past. But with Virtual Reality, in a way that we can. We have the opportunity to enter a world and make choices that in hopes… Read more.