Earlier this week we pulled the trigger on the choice between the two main rivals in the world of VR, and ordered an Oculus Rift for VALUE! This is a big deal, because this is probably the most important piece of hardware for the RoMeincraft project. Last night it arrived at casa Jaromirr and Caeda, and of course, being a good tech boy, I had to give it a go. So here’s a little write up of that experience!Continue reading →
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Oh boy, E3 has come and gone and left excitement and news in its wake. Rumors have been confirmed, dreams have been shattered, hopes have been restored, and a million gamers cried out and then were retweeted when Super Mario Odyssey was announced. The SNES Classic got people nostalgic, Skulls & Bones got them piratical, Assassin’s Creed Origins got them dusting off their robes, and Summer Games Done Quick got them to donate.
It’s been a hectic, but fun, couple of weeks and we’re glad to share all this great news with you in this 24th Issue of VALUE Field Reports!
E3 has come and gone and still no new Elder Scrolls on the horizon! It seems ages ago that Bethesda published the last entry in its epic Elder Scrolls Series, 2011’s Skyrim. I played it quite a lot when it first came out, but then a PhD thesis had to happen and I never revisited its cold mountains, barren shores, and Viking-boutique towns. However, during VALUE’s 24 hour stream, I returned to my old save game to discuss how I think archaeology is one of the core elements that make this world so spellbinding.
It’s summer! And that means… No, for us hardworking videogame archaeologists that does not mean beach, sun, and cocktails (well maybe a bit of ouzo for Ymir as he is back in Greece the coming months). Summer means Steam’s Summer Sale! Fortunately, there are a host of titles on discount that may not transport us to sunny shores, but will get us straight to the interactive past. Below you’ll find a list of a dozen games, in no particular order, that VALUE members have already played and heartily recommend, or have picked up in this sale themselves. Continue reading →
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It’s ironic, really, that this Field Report doesn’t have much to report on. This last week saw all the big names in the game industry gather at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to present their new technology and video games. However, most of the interesting news and interviews are still ongoing or are being written up. In other words, there’s a bit of a drought right now. Which will be followed by a deluge of video gaming news that’ll flood these pages. Oh no… So much upcoming news… *Calls the rest of VALUE* “Guys, can I take a week off? Get someone else to do the next Field Report? No? Awwww..”
Whelp, enjoy the quiet times and read Issue 23 of the VALUE Field Reports! Continue reading →
So many games, no time to play them. Is this our curse? Are we to forever wander around the internet and look at storefronts, dreaming about all these terrific video games that we don’t have time for? Look at all these great articles in this 22nd issue of VALUE’s Field Reports! I want to rob medieval houses, invade nearby kingdoms, shoot nazi’s in the face (both present day and WW2 versions), or back some great Kickstarter games. And I still have to replay Wolfenstein 3D and Doom! Oh woe is me.
Luckily, I can still read about them. And so can you. So read on, my friends, read on and enjoy!
Sometimes, there is just way too much #archaeogaming news to keep up! Thankfully, Bram van den Hout is here to collect, write and link all the amazing news in our VALUE Field Reports #29! ... See MoreSee Less
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