Ep. 137: AR, VR, and Actuality Press


Ever since the Stephen King movie 'The Lawnmower Man' came out we have all been waiting fora Virtual Reality experience like they had in the movie. Who doesn't want to be swept away into a computer generated world? There have been many attempts in the past but this year seems to be when the time will finally come.

Our first chance at VR was a huge bomb if you can remember the 'Virtual Boy' from Nintendo. The initial idea was cool but the execution was horrible. All VR we ever saw had googles you would wear. But this piece of junk was set on a tripod that you had to sit a stare into. The graphics weren't in full color, everything was red! Needless to say this bad idea was snuffed out rather quickly.

A decade or so later, video game arcades came up with a pretty awesome attempt at their take on VR. Instead of wearing googles, you are put into a pod full of video screens, joysticks, lights, and consoles. This was 'Mechwarrior', your experience was of being a pilot in a giant war machine. Unfortunately you were on a times game so unless you dumped alot of money, getting the hang of it was kinda expensive.

One of the newset (and cheapest) was to get the VR experience is in the form of the 'Google Cardboard', again, not the greatest execution but it works well. Just inster you smart phone into it voila! 3D immersion.

No worries though. Later this year the real deal is upon us. The Oculus Rift, the Vive, and Playstation VR will be available for everyone. Though right now they are all kinda pricey, and the games may not be great. We are all in for some fun.

Our guest this week is Sam Johnson of Actuality Press all the way from the UK. We joined us to talk about his three comics series' 'The Almighties', 'Geek Girl', and 'Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman'. Same sent us previews of each of these books which were super fun to read. Click the covers below for some previews.

Lets give you a rundown of each of the books:

"'Voodoo Trespass', Cabra's debut story, throws us headlong into her twisted world, when she is hired by bereaved parents to take out the teenage boy who killed their daughter, ‘playing vampire’. Cabra utilizes her magik to access a dimension known as ‘The Infinity’ – Limbo’s ‘crazy cousin, locked away in the attic’ – which, for those who trespass upon it, can serve as a dimensional gateway between where they are and wherever they want to go. Though with what The Rook, the ruler of The Infinity, throws at its abusers, the journey can come at a monstrously high cost..."

'When 'Little Miss Popular' Ruby Kaye lands a pair of super-tech glasses (invented by brainiac college geek Trevor Goldstein) in a game of Strip Poker, she's granted flight, super-strength, and - due to a flaw in the glasses' programming - super-klutziness! And this is just the beginning of the changes the glasses will wreak on Ruby... Ruby Kaye is GEEK-GIRL!"

"The Almighties, A super-arrogant field leader, a former-downtrodden-housewife with 'issues,' a borderline-psychotic merc, a self-centered punk and...a kebab shop owner join together to become our 'ultimate defense.'

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