One Hour In AltSpaceVR with a GearVR and other various rants - Capt.O
tl-dr: we're still winning...
I know now what I didn't know before entering. AltSpaceVR leverages cross-platform builds using Unity. I met a guy there and at first he waved; I spoke, "you must have a leap motion...". "I sure do." the guy replied.
High Fidelity needs users and those users don't really require many of the bells and whistles we've all been focused on as builders. I believe that High Fidelity still has the one-up on AltSpaceVR for many of the same reasons Rosedale spoke about in yesterdays meetup. I want to make an analogy to The Matrix with respect to Neo as High Fidelity and the 'agents' are AltSpaceVR. During the Kung Fu scene when Morpheus is fighting Neo he says to Neo (paraphrased) "You will always be faster and stronger...because you are not bound by the confines of the program Neo." Morpheus is referencing Neo's Humanity. He is human. AltSpaceVR is pretty nice for what it is. However, it is still built upon Unity, and will still be restricted by the rules and laws of that governing program. Sure, Unity has great tools for building stuff and importing it here and there and other places. But High Fidelity allows you to create directly inside the platform. Sure, it's a work in progress, but to compare it to Unity is not fair; as Unity has had 10 or so years to fully optimize it's methods. High Fidelity gives creators a publishing software to distribute openly and freely (minus cost of place name for full-auto-networking) and therefore when 1.0 finally hits the ground the only thing holding you back as a creator will be you. No more excuses. The artist will no longer blame the tools. I watched a guy make a Mona Lisa from McDonald's ketchup packets. What's my excuse?
I've spent hours and hours and hours of my own personal time investing in this adventure. Thousands of dollars of my own personal savings has been spent on equipment, cameras, DK2's, CV1's, content creation from university-graduate art fellows. I'm literally all-in guys; and yet I don't complain a fraction of what others do. However, content theft is real and we need a real way to protect our investments. Until I can be ensured stealing from me is more difficult than a basic copy/pasted url from a simple Log-watch; this ship will not depart. I understand we need the Logs as a dev-tool right now. I get it. But to open up the gates to the masses is simply too risky at this point. I live a very humble life as basic Web-Developer; I can't afford a loss on that level. If the same exact experience was built-in to AltSpaceVR, no user could get to its root-files and extract them for their own purposes. (without extensive reverse-engineering)
I don't think many of you realize my level of commitment here and my sincerest apologies if you simply don't care for my creations or don't wish to hear me rant about how this platform is still King; you don't have to drink my Kool-Aid. AltSpaceVR seems to be user-friendly. I want very badly to give the people what they want. I've been watching the forums for almost 2 years now. ShaderSkyBox was added. I brought in an Ocean. Users complained about text-chat. I authored my own version that auto-loads on arrival.. problem solved. Various other stuff... Clothes. Entertainment. Inventory. Just because some of these issues are on the front-end doesn't mean they are easy to solve.
I really need the ability to leverage multiple servers for the individual domain. I have multiple machines (some Winx64Pro boxes, some Linux) that are literally standing by awaiting the time where I can provide each one it's own bandwidth pipe all sharing the computational load for my domain. I want you to want to be there. Did I mention I have Fiber to the house? Bandwidth for all; now with the ability to throttle via Console Settings. Nice. Maybe you want to host your domain on my boxes? High Fidelity wants (long term) to allow me to share my pipes with you. I hope that feature is supported this year, but I won't hold my breath.
I would like to close out this entry with a small request from the community. Under the assumption I have more than just a pretty Cruise Ship awaiting you; what other features will encourage you to come along? I know @Judas wants to be able to sit down. Don't worry. I got plenty of seating room in the Grand Theater.