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Nick's Games Haven

Hey there, ladies and gents! It's been a while, hasn't it? I used to be known on here as Tech Light, back when I was first getting started in the world of freelance writing. Maybe you read a few of my pieces - I primarily focused on computer hardware and technology. Then I sort of disappeared for a few years. 

Sorry about that. 

Now that I've re-settled into my little corner of the web, I'll be shifting my focus a bit.  I'm going to be covering gaming - more specifically, all the awesome developers, amazing innovations, and epic titles which make the games industry worth following and video games worth playing. Sounds pretty cool, right? 

Anyway, let's get started: it's good to be back.

-Nick

P.S: Those of you who are interested can find me putzing about in the following locales: 

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My Personal Blog(updated when I feel I've something particularly important to say): Double Crit

On Steam: Omniscient Spork

On Xbox Live: Azrius

On League of Legends: Vindicair

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Meet Oculix: An Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Interface For Netflix

Every now and then, Netflix engineers get together for something known as a "hack day." Basically, they're told to get creative and put together something cool to be used with the service. Awesome, right? Late last week we something amazing from of these hack days: it involves the Oculus Rift.

Mountain Is The Most Original Game Released This Year - And It Isn't Even A Game

So..there's this...thing on Steam, called Mountain. It isn't a game - not really. It's...something strange. Different. Okay, honestly, it's just a mountain that sits around saying sad things sometimes. Yet somehow, it's one of the most curiosly engrossing titles I've encountered this year.

If You Want To Wield A Lightsaber, Sixense's STEM System Could Be The Closest You'll Ever Get

After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, Sixense's STEM controller is well on its way to the consumer market. Not content to sit on their laurels, Sixense last week decided to up the hype further, with a series of tech demos that show just what the STEM can do. They're awesome.

Now On Kickstarter: Fritz Is A Narrative, Relationship-Driven War Game Where Every Choice Matters

A lot of games tend to glorify war to a nearly absurd degree. Not Fritz. Based in World War One, this intelligent, top-down role playing game takes a look at the human side. As the titular soldier, players will step into a world where every choice matters, and even their closest friend might die.

A Former Blizzard Developer Has Invented Video Game Stories That Can Literally Tell Themselves

In gaming, even the most fantastic storylines are ultimately rather linear, with player choice generally only coming into play at certain key points. One developer wants to change that. Working with a London-based team, he's managed to invent self-telling stories. Wait, what?

Calling All Developers: The Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 Is Now Available!

Good news, everyone! Oculus VR has just recently announced the release of the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2. They've packed in some pretty sweet features this time around; anyone who's interested in making virtual reality games should be very, very excited.

The Cyberith Virtualizer Brings Us Closer Than Ever To Walking Through A Video Game

While I can't deny that the Virtuix Omni looks pretty awesome, it's not exactly perfect. Using it requires special anti-friction shoes, and learning the ropes is challenging, at best. With that in mind, I'd like to introduce The Virtualizer: a virtual reality platform you can use in your socks.

For One Night Only, The Last of Us Is Becoming A Stage Show

To celebrate the release of The Last of Us Remastered, Naughty Dog has made an exciting announcement. For one night only, they'll be putting on a theatrical production of the game, at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. If you haven't played the game, it could be the next best thing to doing so.

Want To Unlock A New Level Of Immersion In Your First Person Shooters? The ATOC Gaming Gun Has You Covered

Although I enjoy traditional gaming controllers, they aren't so great for immersion. There's no sense that you're actually in the game; you aren't really physically interacting with anything. That's what the folks behind the ATOC Gaming Gun are trying to address - and they're doing a very good job.

Want To Host Your Own Digital Talk Show? Buy A PlayStation 4 And Sony Can Help!

When the PlayStation 4 first launched, it was considered by many to be a gimmick at best. Sony's looking to change that. Now that it's cleared out some of its more unscrupulous users, it plans to release a free update this summer called "Set Maker." It'll let people host their own talk shows.