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2016 Fundraising

Posted: , By Patcoola

Thank you to all our contributors, because of your support we are able to help many people this year. We are committed to providing free and low cost computer services to the Yukon as fundraising for indie game development. This year we collected 3207 Canadian dollars, making for our largest fundraiser since we started in 2010. Thanks to your contributions we are on track to develop Yukon made innovations, and will soon begin the creation of cross-platform video games.

We hope 2017 will be just as successful. Thank you.


When VR isn’t VR

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A lot of virtual reality (VR) content on the Internet is in fact not VR. YouTube the biggest source of free VR videos currently does not support VR content. However, YouTube says they are working on it and they do currently support headsets. Many VR applications are not VR at all, meaning your headset is just a monitor. Many VR content on the Internet is flat head tracking or stereoscopic 3D.

In order for VR to be true VR, the content has to meet two requirements. First head tracking, VR has to have some ability to look around. The second requirement is side-by-side (SBS) 3D also known as stereoscopic 3D. Having both head tracking and stereoscopic 3D is what makes VR an immersive experience.


My Unhappy Smartphone VR Experience

Posted: , By Patcoola

I wanted to try virtual reality (VR) just to see if it was a thing worth the hype. Using the VR Shinecon headset I tried the iPhone 5c and Nexus 7 tablet. In my experience, the problem isn’t in the phone but in content and delivery. My experience with Google Cardboard has been a poor and frustrating one.

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VR with the Nexus 7

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Using the VR Shinecon headset, I managed to use my Nexus 7 second generation tablet (7 inch) for virtual reality (VR). The downsides are having to hold the tablet in place, the motion sensor may be influenced by the headset’s magnet, and the screen is a little bit too large for the headset. The upside is that I can quickly use the touch screen and place it back in place quickly.

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eBay: VR Shinecon Headset

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I wanted to try virtual reality (VR) to see if getting a Vive or Oculus Rift is a real thing worth getting. Seeing the diagrams of the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) headset, VR is basically a smart phone screen with a motion sensor and lenses. I can see how their can be so may headsets on the market thanks to Google Cardboard. I bought the “VR Shinecon” also know as the “BlitzWolf VR” for $25 CAD to be used with any smart phone I could find.

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Everything Breaks in May

Posted: , By Patcoola

Ideally everything should last forever or at least for ten years, but that isn’t the case. For me it’s hard to replace hardware when you have no steady income, and the irony is that I have a computer business. Needless to say I have an unsuccessful business where I fix ten computers per year, and depend on public donations. All my money goes to maintenance costs.

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