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PS4 Virtual Reality Headset

Heads up, Oculus Rift, you’ve got some competition. Rumor has it Sony’s working on a brand-new virtual reality headset to rival the Oculus Rift. The two headsets aim to make fully immersive, 3D gaming a reality.

Slick LED lighting makes this headset look incredible and exciting. Model is subject to change upon release  (Image by: game-insider.com)

Slick LED lighting makes this headset look incredible and exciting. Model is subject to change upon release.
(Image by: game-insider.com)

 

Here’s an article from IGN with more information. Click Here. What do you think about virtual reality immersion? Here’s to surpassing the abilities of Nintendo’s ’95 Virtual Boy and making open-world, 3D gaming no longer an idea of the future, but a worldwide presence.

Throwback Thursdays: PaRappa the Rapper

Hey, gamers! So this is the beginning of a regular segment I’ll have going on Thursdays. Appropriately named, it’s going to be Throwback Thursdays.

This week’s Throwback is PaRappa the Rapper, released on the PS1 in North America in October, 1997. It was later re-released on the PSP in July of 2007.

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For those of you who have not played it, let alone heard of it, just from the title and artwork you may be wondering what the heck is this game. Quite honestly, it was one of the best games I played growing up and a huge innovator, in my opinion, to the video game industry today.

The game consisted of 6 fun levels in which the player, PaRappa, rapped to learn karate, learn to drive, and other things to impress the girl of his dreams. Still lost?
It was a precursor to the Guitar Heros and Rock Bands of today. It is recognized as the first “modern” rhythm and timing music game. The play clicked the buttons shown on the screen on beat and in correct timing so PaRappa would repeat the rap giving by the instructor. Correctly pressing the buttons would result in a fluid repeat of the rap. Bad timing or wrong buttons would cause PaRappa to trip on the words and lower the grade on the level.

As a bonus, once you beat the game, you could go back and replay the 6 levels to try and earn the “cool” rating. If you reached cool, you could begin to freestyle for as long as you wanted as long as you stayed cool. Rapping below this level would bring back the teacher and continue the level from where in the time of the song you were.

Honestly, this game was just cool. Guitar Hero, Rock Band, DJ Hero… you name it, they did not exist yet. Dance Dance Revolution was not even released until 1999. Since I did not really play PaRappa the Rapper until about 1999, I had already begun to see DDR out, and so the concept was not entirely new. However, to anyone who played from the release date, this was something never touched before in modern gaming. I imagine PaRappa and his sick hat really struck some future game developers as hip, cool, and fascinating. You have him to thank for your music games today, kids.

Any other little known rhythm and music games you grew up with? Opinions or thoughts on PaRappa the Rapper? Comment away, and join me next week for another Throwback.

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