• Hayward Gallery’s Contemporary Art Night Festival to Feature VR Installations It's a one day only event this Saturday.
  • The American Dream Gets ‘High Fidelity American Mode’ For July 4th
    The American Dream Gets ‘High Fidelity American Mode’ For July 4th

    Okay I realize we’re getting to this one a day late, but the update is still there, so cut us some slack.

    Samurai Punks’ excellent satirical VR adventure, The American Punk, just got an update to celebrate America’s independence. The game, which puts players in a world in which all of life’s daily problems and chores are solved with the help of guns, now features what the developer describes as a “high fidelity American mode”.

    Based on the trailer above, we’re pretty sure all this mode does is replace every texture in the game with the American flag and swap out all the dialogue for just getting people to say “America” over and over again. Seems fitting, no?

    Elsewhere the patch addresses some more minor fixes. We still absolutely recommend picking up The American Dream. “The humor won’t land for everyone and the message will likely get misinterpreted or lost by some, but The American Dream raises questions that are absolutely worth discussing regardless of your stance on gun laws,” we said in our review. “This VR experience, despite the quirky visual style, is not for the faint of heart.”

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  • Tetris Effect: How a 34 Year-Old Game Won E3 2018 Nina Salomons explores a world of colour, sound and falling bricks in Tetris Effect.
  • The Top Selling VR Games on SteamVR for 2018 Include Beat Saber, Skyrim VR & SUPERHOT VR And most of them feature in the Steam Summer Sale.
  • Digital Catapult Reveals 10 VR/AR Startups Selected to Join its Augmentor Programme It's a 10-week programme to help advance their projects through mentorship and investor access.
  • Trial for Using VR to Combat Dementia Begins in UK The NHS is testing to see if regular use of VR to visit memories will help dementia patients.
  • Budget Cuts, Beat Saber, Skyrim Among SteamVR’s ‘Top-Selling’ Games Of 2018 So Far
    Budget Cuts, Beat Saber, Skyrim Among SteamVR’s ‘Top-Selling’ Games Of 2018 So Far

    As part of its Summer Sale, Valve has published a list of the top-selling VR games of 2018 thus far, and there are some new faces included.

    As with the list shared at the end of 2017, games are split into four brackets: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. However, Valve stated that the previous list was ‘measured by gross revenue’. This list apparently consists of the ‘top-sellers, most played and new releases’, so it’s not actually clear if all the games in a certain bracket had similar sales. We’ve reached out to the company for clarification.

    For the Platinum section, new faces like Beat Saber, Budget Cuts, OrbusVR and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR are included. We do know that Beat Saber managed to sell over 100,000 copies in less than a month of its Early Access launch. The rest of the Platinum section is filled with the usual suspects: Pavlov VR, Job Simulator, Arizona Sunshine, Fallout 4, Hot Dogs, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Onward, Superhot VR and Gorn.

    There are some worthy games in there. Like everyone else, we adore Beat Saber and Skyrim VR. We weren’t hugely keen on Budget Cuts, though it’s still good to see a developer that bet it all on VR having success.

    Survios’ Sprint Vector and Mixed Realms’ Sairento VR are the only truly new titles in the Gold section, which also includes the likes of Tilt Brush, Rick and Morty, I Expect You To Die and The Talos Principle. Silver, meanwhile, features critical darling, Moss, which only launched a few weeks back. It’s joined by The Mage’s Tale, In Death and a number of other familiar faces like Doom VFR and LA Noire.

    There are some notable inclusions in the Bronze section, too, like excellent Early Access shooter, Compound, and the promising Primordian. Oddly enough The Mage’s Tale is included in this section too, which we’ve also asked Valve to clarify.

    We’ve still got another six months left of 2018 and lots of big games we’re still looking forward to. What releases will be able to climb into these lists by the end of the year?

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  • Oasis Games Invest In Iron Mountain Interactive A first major investment in the west from the team behind the likes of Light Tracer.
  • Emirates Airlines Offers Web-based VR On Its Website Explore the features of an Emirates aircraft before you even get to the airport.
  • HTC Vive Team with Nanome for STEM Innovations ViveX company Nanome team up with HTC Vive to create new ways to visualise STEM concepts.
  • Doctors Use VR To Ease Needle Phobias An American paediatrician has been using VR to help children who are getting their injections.
  • Preview: Blood & Truth – A Shooter Worth Waiting For London Studios has showcased further additions.
  • Military Co-Op Shooter Zero Caliber Aims for Success in September It's the second VR title from XREAL Games.
  • A Link To the Virtual Future – Zelda Boss Battles in VR A fan project recreates classic Zelda boss battles in VR by using Unreal Engine 4.
  • Summer Sale Season Continues With PlayStation Store Sale Pick up some bargains thanks to discounts on the PlayStation Store in EU and US.