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Games Done Slow Event Has Raised Over $100 Million for Charity

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The first annual slowrun event Games Done Slow, started in January of 2010, is still going, inspiring watchers to give over $100 million to charity.

The event was started as an alternate experience to coincide with the Games Done Quick event series started by the Speed Demos Archive website to raise money for various charities. Just like its name says, gamers are tasked with beating games as slow as possible instead of as quick as possible like in the main events. So far, most of the games played have yet to leave the start screen and the donations just keep coming in.

Some of the highlights:

Pokémon Gold (all Pokémon captured) (Game Boy Color) – JohnStee, the top Pokémon player in the world has yet to hit the start button and has eaten over 1500 pizzas (which isn’t a record since it’s over the span of five years)
Zelda’s Adventure (TAS) (CD-i) – Milkbread accidentally hit the Play button on the controller but hasn’t moved since
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Any%) (PS2) – FilthyFred got married and had a son while his wife MeldaT12 graduated from college during this event

The event is still going and the organizers have vowed to keep it going until all the games are finished. Check out the video below of the event from December 2013.

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Watch An Hour Of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Gameplay

If you missed Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate livestream yesterday you can now stream it on YouTube.

Check out the hour long clip above as Ubisoft devolopers take you deep into London’s Victorian Era. You get a taste of the new cane weapon system along with some top-of-car fighting action. There seem to be a few bugs yet to work out but all in all this is shaping up to be the best installment yet.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is due out October 23 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with a PC version to follow later. Ubisoft is not releasing the game for Xbox 360 or PS3 much to the chagrin of reluctant parents everywhere.

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New HoloLens Video Showcases The Technology’s Limitations

Microsoft’s new VR technology dubbed HoloLens is getting a lot of attention based on some amazing E3 demonstrations we’ve seen so far. The only problem is, it’s hard to tell what it’s like in person to use the HoloLens.

A lot of previewers have been complaining about the limitations of the system saying it has a small field of view. What that means is when you’re looking through the visor the screen is smaller than the whole view so you can see beyond the edges of the image which makes it look like you’re watching a mini hologram video in the real world. For instance, instead of your Minecraft world looking like it’s laying right on top of your table it looks more like a Minecraft-themed coffee table book laying there. Microsoft has admitted this is an issue but they haven’t owned up to the bigger issue plaguing the technology.

In addition to the small field of view, the HoloLens detects your eye movements and can only show a small cone of what you’re seeing at any given moment. That means there is a kind of radial blur effect on whatever you’re looking at. You can only see in that cone and everything else is blurred. Microsoft has been trying to keep this under wraps but a new video puts this issue right out there for all to see.

If you watch the above video you can see how this might look to a user and what this might mean for the future of the HoloLens and possibly VR itself. If you watch closely you can see that most of the screen is blurry except for a small clear circle following the movement of the user’s eyes. This may work for intricate heart surgery like the video teases but it’s hard to see how we’ll be able to play some kick ass video games without being able to see more of the screen.

Microsoft has said that this is temporary and that eventually the whole screen will be blurred which will add a layer of mystery to every experience. Time will tell if that’s true but for now, here’s hoping that we see some improvement closer to the release date.

Microsoft plans to release HoloLens alongside its Windows 10 operating system sometime in July. The HoloLens Home Edition will include the visor only but if you want to unlock its major features (power on, audio, vision) then you’ll need to buy one of the three other editions being released – Enterprise, Premium or  HoloLens ME.

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