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Dark Deception Wins Audience Best in Show at Casual Connect 2014

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Glowstick Games seems to be finding its feet again after cancelling its Kickstarter campaign for upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible horror videogame Dark Deception last month. This week the developer attended the Casual Connect in San Francisco, California, which runs from 22nd – 24th July 2014 and ended up taking the audience-voted Best in Show award as the Indie Prize Showcase. READ MORE

New Oculus Rift SDK Released, Adds DK2 Support

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While many virtual reality (VR) fans and enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD), which started shipping this week, maker Oculus VR has launched software that is arguably as important as the device itself today. The company has released the next iteration of its software development kit (SDK), allowing developers to add support for DK2′s new features to their videogames and experiences. READ MORE

VRFaceball Released

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Virtual reality (VR) is yet to make much of an impression on the sports genre in videogames. A number of popular sports pose an issue for VR, in that players usually swap between multiple characters during matches, which could prove jarring for those using the Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus VR headsets. That isn’t set to be an issue with VRFaceball, however, which offers its own unique take on the sport of baseball with the Oculus Rift. READ MORE

Red Of Paw’s Oculus Connect Title Gets Demo, New Screenshots

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Indie developer Red of Paw has been hard at work offering fans a taste of what’s to come from his RedOfPaw’s Big Crazy Stupid VR Adventure and American Pie videogame, which is set to be based on the developer’s visit to the upcoming Oculus Connect event in Hollywood, California on 19th – 20th September 2014. Today marks another milestone for the project as the developer releases a demo experience for it, which can be downloaded now. READ MORE

Facebook ‘to continue investing heavily’ in Oculus says Zuckerberg

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Earlier this week social giant Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) creator Oculus VR came full circle as it was finally completed. The buyout took a huge investment from the former, spending over $2 billion USD. Since the deal was announced Oculus VR itself has made some high-profile acquisitions and hires, suggesting Facebook was ready and willing to invest further. According to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it won’t be stopping there. READ MORE

Blocked In Developer Releases Next VR Diorama Der Grosse Gottlieb

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You may recall earlier in the year when VRFocus reported on Blocked In, a unique virtual reality (VR) experience that placed players inside a room, with giant Tetris-like blocks constantly falling outside a window. At the time developer Daniël Ernst had said that the experience was just one entry in a series named The Shoebox Diorama. This week sees the release of the next installment in that series, Der Grosse Gottlieb, which translates to ‘The Great God-Loving’. READ MORE

Ulysses Being Adapted into VR Videogame

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Since its first publication in 1922, James Joyce’s celebrated novel, Ulysses has become notorious for its demanding and obscure text. Split across 18 chapters, the novel requires commitment from the reader to see the text through and form their own understanding of it. Now one indie developer is looking to adapt a portion of the story into a more accessible videogame using virtual reality (VR) and the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). READ MORE

Solarix Dev Talks Inspirations, VR Horror and More

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PulseTense Games is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming sci-fi horror title, Solarix. The indie developer is keeping its target ambitiously low in comparison to other  campaigns, seeking £10,000 GBP to fund further development of the first-person experience. But virtual reality (VR) fans may want to shell out a little more when backing; a £60,000 stretch goal also teases support for the Oculus Rift VR headset.  READ MORE

VR Fireworks Experience Released

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This week sees the release of yet another new virtual reality (VR) experience that lets users experience a seemingly pedestrian experience with an Oculus Rift VR headset. A develooper has released a new title simply named Fireworks onto the official Oculus VR Share beta. The experience can currently be downloaded for free on PC and Mac, though there’s no mention of a possible Linux version. READ MORE

Pacific Rim VR Experience Headed to Comic-Con

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The closer we get to San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2014, which opens its doors later today, the more obvious it has become that virtual reality (VR) will play a huge part of the show. 20th Century Fox has already revealed two VR experiences based on its X-Men and Sleepy Hollow franchises that will be shown off at the event, and Warner Bros. has joined in with a VR experience for its upcoming movie Into the Storm. Today sees another studio revealing a VR experience for the event as Legendary Pictures has announced a new VR experience based on 2013′s Pacific Rim. READ MORE