March 22, 2014
Just got back from my holiday to the Dominican Republic. It was awesome and I’d like to go back there some day! When I got back there was a nice surprise waiting for me, just a couple of hours after I landed the Oculus Rift DK2 got available fro pre-order. I immediately pre-ordered and I am now playing the waiting game again!
There where a couple of requests to open source 2 more projects. I feel ashamed to put the source up (it’s that bad), but maybe someone will learn something from it. You can now find the source of my sco (de)compiler and the source of my Sketchup OpenIV Exporter on GitHub. I hope someone will find it interesting and can learn something from it.
February 17, 2014
Wanted to show some small progress I made with Zelda VR. The game can now load static and animated objects.
February 5, 2014
The engine I am building for Ocarina of Time is also able to load Majora’s Mask, the two games use pretty much the same file structure. Even though I love this game and I like the dark atmosphere a lot. I won’t be doing anything to optimize the engine for this game. In my opinion MM’s gameplay doesn’t fit VR very well. The Deku, Goron and Zora masks have powers that I think don’t work in VR without getting nauseous (swimming, rolling and hopping). But I still wanted to share a screenshot with you guys.
February 1, 2014
I’ve not been active in the GTA Modding community lately. My interest has changed. I’ve got a full time job as a software developer, so I don’t have much spare time to work on my own projects. Recently something different than GTA has triggered my interest. The Oculus Rift, since the day the kickstarter launched I’ve followed it with much interest because it’s always been a dream of me to be “inside” the game. My girlfriend bought me a developer kit for my birthday <3 and I love it. It’s everything I thought it would be. It still has a couple of flaws but I think it can change the way people see gaming and watch movies. I personally can’t wait for DK2/CV1 to arrive.
What I’ve been doing with the devkit
There are a lot of demos out there that are really showing the power of the Rift, I showed it to all my friends and they all think it’s amazing even the friends that are not into gaming. As a developer I wanted to build something for the Rift myself. I started working on a small project to get the Rift to work in C# using OpenTK. You can find it on my Github account if you want to know how I did it. Using that project as a base I started working on a game, a game that I’ve always wanted to experience as if I was actually there, my favorite game of all time (maybe you can guess it already) The legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I’ve played and completed that game hundreds of times on the N64 and Gamecube, but I could never have thought I would once play it in VR. I’ve been working on a project that loads the N64 Zelda rom and makes it playable with the Rift. For now it only loads the map and gives you the ability to walk around. The rendering is still a bit off, but don’t worry about that, I will get it right eventually. Enough talk, here are some screenshots:
Oh and that’s not it. I want it to be a full VR Experience. I’ve backed two more kickstarter projects that I think are amazing and I can’t wait for them to arrive. The Virtuix Omni will make it possible to walk around in Hyrule and the STEM System will make it possible to swing your sword and kill Ganondorf once and for all.
Thanks for reading, I’ve created a project page with a roadmap for this project. Also I should give a lot of credit to spinout182. His website contains valuable information regarding Zelda64, without his website I wouldn’t have known where to start.