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    Default Missing Coachella? You can go back.

    So today we unleash something I've been working on with friends for a while now, I hope the board will enjoy it. The initial landing page isn't very pretty--that's because what we actually built for you to walk around in is gorgeous.

    http://vration.com

    This will work best in just about any browser but Chrome (it's a shame, I love Chrome myself, but it just doesn't play well with our system). The idea is to be able to stroll the fields once more and to be able to physically place photo albums throughout the world. You have to install a little plugin called the Unity Webplayer in order to make it work, I promise it's totally safe, used by millions worldwide. Full details of how you move around and do things are written out on the main page. You can switch between Daytime, Sunset, and Nighttime views (the Nighttime lighting is quite lush).

    I hope you'll all enjoy it, feel free to reply with all commentary, positive or otherwise. A breakdown of the full control scheme is on the main page.

    Please share it, please use it, etc. Took a lot of work to make this thing happen.



    Here's a little instructional YouTube to help explain the control system:

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    I couldn't get it to work in Firefox. I'll give it another try later, though. It sounds interesting.

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    Mac or PC? Feedback on where it's working best for various systems is also very much appreciated--we only had so many machines to test it on and it's pretty complicated and graphics intensive, so trying to balance prettiness against performance has been a tricky part of the equation. Those of you experiencing issues, please let me know.
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    Not working on my mac.

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    Macs seem to be more problematic than PCs for whatever reason. It's odd. The two biggest browsers we get complaints about are Safari and Chrome, FWIW.
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    Looks cool. I haven't checked this out, but I'd like to suggest a Festival Tychoon in the same vein as Zoo and Roller Coaster. "Guest 2237 passed out in the Sahara."
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    What program did you use to create this?
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    wooo it's working now and it's spinning and spinning!

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    There's an awful lot we can do with it in the long run. The applications are kinda limitless, we had to rein in a lot of things due to budget and time constraints. Within the next week or so though, we're also going to have aerial photos of the campgrounds up so that you can create photo albums over your campsite so everyone who camped with you can share all their pictures of the fun at camp together, we're going to enable Ferris Wheel rides (really fun, particularly at night), and a few other little tricks up our sleeve.

    To those of you it's not working well for: my apologies, there's very few web-based technologies that work perfectly across the board though, particularly with something as involved as this project. Details are always helpful in us trying to refine this and make it work better for various systems/browsers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JelloPuddingChat View Post
    What program did you use to create this?
    It runs off the Unity game engine. Pretty useful little system. To make the entire photo-sharing aspect work though we had to invent all that. There was no precursor, so we broke out the code and got to work.
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    BUG alert: if you're having issues waiting for pictures to appear in your My Pictures bar after performing an Upload, do a quick Logout and then re-Login. Something we're going to have to tune up in the code.
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    AB showed this to me before the fest and I thought it was excellent. Great work dude. Looking forward to seeing what you can do with it. Keep it up.
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    Thanks man, we're hoping it works out. If you can spread the word around through your crew, it'd be much appreciated. If we get enough people on board, this might be able to hang around and get massive upgrades. If we don't...
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    This is badass!
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    Be sure to check out the Levels button in the upper-right hand corner. It lets you switch between Daytime, Sunset, and Nighttime. Nighttime came out looking really nice in my opinion, there are a couple more things we'd like to refine but I love how our spotlights came out and the overall glow of everything. Helps relieve that post-Coachella depression a bit.

    Now if we can just get everybody pics up in there, we'll have a giant field filled with everyone's memories. Fun. =)
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    I will say this, I did try opening it in Chrome on a mac, and yeah, no luck. I then tried opening it in Firefox and it froze my entire system. Once this move to LA is finished, I'll spend some more time with it and throw you some feedback. I like helping out with these sort of things so hit me up with questions or whatever.
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    Hmm... we gotta figure out what's locking up the Macs. If you get a shot, could you just try Safari too and report back? We're trying to pinpoint where the failure is happening.

    Chrome across the board is a big problem--I seem to be the only person in the world who it runs fine in Chrome for, but everybody else (Mac and PC both) complain severely.
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    I just tried Safari and it froze up after it loaded the front page with the ferris wheel. Everything stopped and I couldn't do anything but force quit. I have no other programs open. I might have some extensions installed though that might be preventing it from loading properly.
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    It loaded fine for me, I just can't move around.

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    Can't move at all? The arrow keys do nothing?
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    Ah, you gotta hold em for a second. I just ran into a hedge.
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    Sweet lord the main had 3 speaker relays?
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    This is very cool. Also kind of tough to drive, but very impressive. I have no clue if this is possible, but it would be cool if you went to a stage and were able to select video from a list of webcasts of bands that played on that stage.
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    That was actually one of the initial features that we wanted to have up on it--to actually have this running live during the festival and be an interactive webcast. We could actually take the Youtube stream and make it fit perfectly on the stage so that you'd actually be seeing almost exactly what was happening. But since this isn't technically sanctioned by Coachella (yet, hopefully), we're trying to stay clear of any egregious pissing them off by including copyrighted stuff.
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    And yeah, I'm hearing from a lot of Mac users that the controls are a bit touchy. We're going to be putting it through some refinements in the days to come for that aspect among many others. But frankly, everybody on the team is dying to just have a break right now. We've all been working til about 2 am every single night since we got back from Weekend 1 to get this thing up and mostly functional before the Coachella Afterglow has faded completely. Nobody has seen their girlfriends or families for days, we're all coughing up a lung from how many cigarettes we've gone through. We basically all look like Doc Holiday in Tombstone right about now. So we rushed out the launch and are going to take a couple days off.

    Again, please try and share to anyone you know who might be interested. If we get enough people on board, next year the webcast might be embedded inside this thing and streaming through Playstation Live as well as online. The possibilities are really, really limitless--we can do some insane stuff with this. But we need a strong user base to get the approval.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JelloPuddingChat View Post
    Looks cool. I haven't checked this out, but I'd like to suggest a Festival Tychoon in the same vein as Zoo and Roller Coaster. "Guest 2237 passed out in the Sahara."
    Fuck me. I'd pay full price for a Festival Tycoon game.
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    VERY awesome site. Cheers!

    The roaming spaceman that just barreled through me was a nice touch haha
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    haha, yeah he scared the shit out of me once. I was dropping a photo and suddenly this shadow came over me from behind.
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    Afternoon bump: we now have a little instructional YouTube on how to use the system. Also adding to first post.

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    Diggin this. I dont know what the capablities are, but it seems like the opportunities to create an interactive experience here are endless. One thing I wanted to do right away was go inside the Yuma.
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