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There’s someone’s relaxing afternoon ruined

Spotted in the parking lot at Aldi. We’re back to going in person every couple of weeks now and I would be embarrassed to admit how much of a bright spot that is in our lives.

I have found a fishing game for VR. A friendly redneck with a down home accent sells me gear and sends me on fishing missions. It’s fun and all, but I had to quit after a while last night. I kid you not, my arms got tired.

There’s a weird, not-ready-for-prime-time quality to most of the VR applications I’ve used so far. A lack of polish. Not bringing the A Team.

I think that’s a sign it’s still a young technology. So many products rely on, “gosh, it looks so real!” that not enough has been put into making it look good. Or be fun to play.

To be fair, though, I’m mostly consuming free content right now. Having splashed out for the rig, I’m not comfy splashing out on a bunch of AAA games yet. Some of them are very pricey!

Wait until Skyrim VR hits the Steam Spring Sale.


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: March 29, 2022, 9:14 pm


A single jigsaw puzzle piece abandoned in a parking lot…

It looks like an escaped Gumby!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: March 30, 2022, 1:10 am

At first I thought this was a black and white photo of trees some Nazi puzzle master planted in a German forest in the shape of a puzzle piece.

The video resolution on my kindle leaves much to be desired.

Comment from cantharkmycry
Time: March 30, 2022, 12:41 pm

Since you mentioned VR. . .
I’m curious about how you (and those minions who have used VR) react to this story about having jurors use VR
(Eek!! Sorry for the vast URL!)

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 30, 2022, 2:45 pm

@cantharkmycry—Of course he’s innocent. What man would deliberately risk damaging his Dodge Viper!

Comment from cantharkmycry
Time: March 30, 2022, 3:16 pm

🙂 Deborah. But I’m not all that interested in the question of the defendant’s guilt or innocence, to be honest.

Comment from Jon
Time: March 30, 2022, 4:37 pm

This also happens for MMOs (which have been around long enough for designers to know better). There’s a game streamer I follow who calls it like he it, calling out MMO game designers for trying to build open worlds but forgetting to make a game that’s fun.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 30, 2022, 6:51 pm

In my corporate gig, I had to build 3D animations to explain accidents in court a few times. I strongly object to the practice. I could absolutely manipulate the appearance of events and make them believable.

Gosh, I haven’t played an MMO for a thousand years. Anarchy Online was the last one, if you don’t count Second Life. I remember two things about it: gorgeous scenery and a boring, repetitive grind.

Comment from cantharkmycry
Time: March 30, 2022, 7:15 pm

Sweas: well, that’s always been one of my concerns about visual aids in the courtroom (but I don’t litigate, so I’m not really au courant with the whole issue). But when I read the article I thought of your comments about adjusting to VR, and found myself wondering just how well that’s going to work with 12 members of the jury who have never used it. . .and I don’t think that never having used VR would be a legitimate basis on which to strike a juror from the panel.
So I wondered if anyone had any insights on what it would be like for those jurors. . .

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 30, 2022, 7:24 pm

I did a quick skim of the article. Was it really VR, or just run-of-the-mill 3D models? It’s easy enough to convert models to VR, but I can’t imagine a defense attorney worth his salt not objecting to hell and back. Or a prosecutor, if it’s the other way around.

As you imply, all visual aids have an element of opinion about them and the more realistic they look, the more compelling that opinion would be.

Comment from cantharkmycry
Time: March 30, 2022, 7:44 pm

Well, the request was to “allow jurors to wear virtual reality goggles that illustrate the findings of an expert witness for the defense”; and the judge “expressed concern that jurors would see different things when they turned their heads different ways.” So, VR, not just 3D. The article doesn’t say anything about the prosecutor’s position, but I agree: it is to me inconceivable that the prosecutor wouldn’t object. Vigorously.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: March 30, 2022, 7:49 pm

Stoaty – the attorney IS requesting use of VR ‘re-creation’ of the events with the argument that the jurors can look all around them. I am not an attorney but have some experience in court appearances (I was framed, I tell ya!) where video evidence was used. The Judge was even very leery of that… how had the video been edited, and by whom? What had been removed? So I (and that Judge) are totally with you.

If I was the Judge in this case I wouldn’t allow it as it is merely an opinion of events – based on true event, sure, but so was Gone With Wind.

I wuz robbed on Wordle today….I got it but one lousy variable screwed me twice before I gotted it.

Comment from cantharkmycry
Time: March 30, 2022, 8:06 pm

Not to perseverate (OK, who am I kidding? YUP, I’m perseverating. . .), but it seems to me there may be a Sixth Amendment issue–just how “public” is a trial in which the jurors, and nobody else, can experience the evidence? Do the judge, the attorneys, and the defendant get to/have to wear VR headsets at the same time? If the defendant isn’t wearing the headset, is he being confronted with the evidence against him? I just see a whole raft of issues, quite apart from the preliminary issue Stoaty identifies: recreations and simulations are NOT the actual event. . .

Comment from BJM
Time: March 30, 2022, 10:46 pm

Stoaty re the puzzle piece…mebbe someone dropped it intentionally…sort of a Punk’d deal.

I’ve been in an alternate world this afternoon. We order bottled water once a month, however the supplier began to deliver twice a month. I’ve called, logged in and changed my deliveries, chatted, emailed, called again to no avail. Finally, last month they adjusted the delivery dates. Guess who showed up today? Suddenly I’m The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Comment from blake
Time: April 8, 2022, 4:53 pm

We did a 1,000 piece puzzle over Christmas where the gag was that you got a “before” picture to work from, and the “after” was rather different.

It was challenging, to say the least.

Adding to the challenge was that the puppies (who were about 3mos) thought puzzle pieces were the most delicious things in the world.

Ended up with three missing.

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