July 27, 2015: Akemi’s Vr Adventure! Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Sneak Preview!

Yesterday, I took a little break from writing to join Akemi on a VR adventure!  Our longtime friend Steve Bocska, a veteran of the gaming world, arranged a visit to Vancouver’s Charm Games for a sneak peek at what they have in the works.

July 27, 2015: Akemi’s Vr Adventure! Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Sneak Preview!

Akemi was unbelievably excited as we arrived at their offices.  While I was getting an overview of Charm Games, Akemi was literally bouncing with excitement and, the second they pulled out the head set, Akemi was handing me her purse and volunteering to go first.

We used HTC’s Vive headset and controllers for the immersive room-scale experience.  And what an experience it was.

July 27, 2015: Akemi’s Vr Adventure! Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Sneak Preview!
Alan and Derek
July 27, 2015: Akemi’s Vr Adventure! Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Sneak Preview!

Our affable and informative hosts on this day were company co-founders Alan Jernigan and Derek Young, and engineer Tyler McCulloch.  They opened with an undersea demo that had Akemi jumping around, waving her hands, and then, at one point, down on the floor interacting with the virtual jelly fish.  “We appreciate her enthusiasm!”remarked one of the guys as she traipsed by, Oohing and Aahing, as she attempted to chase down a school of fish.

July 27, 2015: Akemi’s Vr Adventure! Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Sneak Preview!
Getting started

Akemi in action…

July 27, 2015: Akemi’s Vr Adventure! Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Sneak Preview!

July 27, 2015: Akemi’s Vr Adventure! Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Sneak Preview!

July 27, 2015: Akemi’s Vr Adventure! Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Sneak Preview! July 27, 2015: Akemi’s Vr Adventure! Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Sneak Preview!

July 27, 2015: Akemi’s Vr Adventure! Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Sneak Preview!
Petting the baby jellyfish

I followed and the first thing I thought, as I made my way through a dark underwater cavern was: “Holy shit.  Horror games would be unbelievable in this environment.”  I was also impressed by the program’s ability to create in-realm parameters – cavern walls, iron-wrought barriers, and teetering drop-offs (my acrophobia kicked in at one point) – to keep players from walking into real world obstacles.

July 27, 2015: Akemi’s Vr Adventure! Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Sneak Preview!

July 27, 2015: Akemi’s Vr Adventure! Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Sneak Preview!

Next was a sneak peek at something they had in the works.  I’ve been sworn to secrecy but, trust me, it was pretty awesome.  There was a puzzle component to the game that had me a little baffled at first.  At one pint, Akemi was yelling at me to “Be more aggressive!” – something she had no problem doing when it was her turn, working those controllers like a champ!

July 27, 2015: Akemi’s Vr Adventure! Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Sneak Preview!

A HUGE thanks to the gang at Charm Games for giving us that sneak peek, and an equally HUGE thanks to Steve for arranging the visit.  Akemi hasn’t stopped talking about it.

Guess I know what I’m getting her for Christmas!

July 27, 2015: Akemi’s Vr Adventure! Dark Matter “episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” Sneak Preview!

Friday night, it’s an all-new Dark Matter – “Episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You”!  7 pm PDT/10 pm EDT on Syfy and Space Channel!

So, what’s in store for us and the crew of The Raza?  Well, looks like plenty of trouble.  A potential settling of accounts.  Oh, and some very atypical goings-on with our Android!

Intriguing, no?

Also on the Dark Matter front…

Executive Producer Jay Firestone speaks to Crave Online about what lies ahead:

Inverse’s Justin Andress argues that Dark Matter is Basically a Mass Effect TV Show.  That’s a game, I’ve been told.

And, over at SciFiAndTVTalk, Steve Eramo Catches Up with Dark Matter’s Paul Mullie.

22 thoughts on “July 27, 2015: Akemi’s VR adventure! Dark Matter “Episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You” sneak preview!

  1. That VR is so cool. I wonder if it will ever get to a point where you mr favourite TV show is done in VR (we know Star Wats will eventually be), where you can just wander among the action as it’s taking place. Awesome.

    Are you sure DM is on tomorrow? That doesn’t seem right.

  2. VR, I think, is one step away from a holodeck. Now THAT, I’m waiting for with great anticipation. It’s nice to see some Canadians creating awesome tech for entertainment. Do you ever see yourself writing for VR, Joe?

  3. Akemi is so adorable. While I’ve heard the VR coming out is incredible, I will have to see how my vertigo will adapt to it. I intend to definitely try. I’m a huge gamer (if you didn’t know that).

    Well, off topic, but my second afternoon client cancelled at 9 am (because the hospital where she works told her not to come in today) and thus I was faced with a dilemma. Since that pet sit was off the schedule, I had time to go to the graduation. Do I now go to the graduation or do I stay home? I decided to go. Sometimes what you fear the most is what you don’t know. And I desperately wanted to go support my friend. I held it together pretty well until the end when I had to say good-bye to her. I would miss texting her twice a day. She only lives 15 minutes away from me, but special needs parents sometimes have difficult social lives. My last text to her this morning was: “The last bus report text ever: The bus left at 7:26.” She knew how much time she had until the bus arrived to her house from that point and in the afternoons, she would text me the same. I knew I had 10 minutes from that time to go outside and just wait mere minutes for the bus. I told her that we had to get the boys together to go bowling or something. As long as I remained focused on it being this young man’s journey and not envisioning myself in these shoes in 2 years I was fine. Patrick’s case manager came up to me and said, “So are you ready for this being Patrick?” I said affectionately, “Shut up and no.” He laughed at me. The first picture slide had me and my friend crying though. It was a picture of her son and my other friend’s son–the one that died in September of last year after a seizure. I had to whip out the Kleenex for that. Two years from now. That just scares me to death.

  4. As much as I hate to admit it, I really don’t see how One can still be alive. Even Jay confirms that his character is dead. Bullets to the chest ending with a head shot, folks there’s no coming back from that.

    Looks like you had a nice day – the VR head gear, Akemi’s priceless reactions.

    Really enjoyed Jay’s interview and the article with Paul. Very excited for episodes 8 & 10 – ghosts come back to haunt the crew – awesome!!

    Loved the new trailer for this weeks show – the “new” Android is off-the-hook!

    On a side note: the old “VR” tv show with Lori Singer and Anthony Head was fantastic. Loved the effects, the characters, the crazy story lines and at times haunting scores.

  5. Hi, Joe…not sure if I’ve posted lately. Things have been…well, my routine is all out of whack because we have family visiting, and I attended a con over the weekend, and…I don’t even know what day it is! But anyhoo…I just wanted to say that we really enjoyed last week’s ep of DM, especially the Android bits, and are looking forward to the next!

    As far as that game goes, no way! I fall out of my chair in IMAX theaters…during the opening credits. 😛 I have a terrible sense of balance and that’s why I don’t ski, skate, or even like escalators and elevators. Back when those 360 theaters were a big thing in the early 80s, you used to stand for the short film. Well, I went to one – ONCE. It was all fast cars and rollercoasters – with the viewer in the driver’s seat, as it were – and at the end when it looked like you were going to have an accident…I was the ONLY one who fell down, taking out about half a dozen other people in a domino effect. Or perhaps it was more like a bowling ball knocking down wee pins in the alley. Total strangers…flattened because of me. I was beyond mortified. 😛

    And yet…when I was volunteering on the tall ship I was a half-decent sailor. Go figger. I guess I have good sea legs, and really really bad everything else legs. 😛


  6. {{{YAY!}}}
    Joe actually finally took a whole afternoon off from work!!
    ***Cheers! n Congrats!!!***
    This certainly calls for a celebration!
    OPA!!! <3
    Who's got the Oozo?! I'll bring the chocolate chip cookies!

    Sounds like you and Akemi had a super fun day out!! XO 🙂
    I normally avoid large over crowded tech shows
    but really wish I had gone to CES this year.
    O.R's VR co were letting folks test the latest
    Oculus Rift tech.

    Did you know?
    There are even bio sensor gloves now
    that allow ya to actually feel
    the objects you are interacting with in VR!

    This same bio sensor feedback tech
    is also being used in the further development
    of touchable holograms like the kind used in
    ST-TNG's holodecks.

    If you do decide to get Akemi a VR system for christmas
    be sure to get her the oculus rift bio sensor gloves too.
    She'll love it! xo

    When you two go to Japan this year,
    if you can find enough free time to shop in downtown Tokyo,
    you should definitely go check out
    The various VR cafes that have been popping up
    to explore the latest and greatest in this particular cool tech.

  7. @PBMom Sending a gentle warm embrace your way.
    I hear ya.
    It can be unimaginably tough trying to stay strong
    so you dont make the other parents in your
    parent support system upset.
    Albeit at least you have us for a listening ear. xo

  8. I think I would like to try the vr also, cool, glad Akemi enjoyed it. That Jay Firestone is good in an interview, enjoyed watching that. The zobot was awesome, thanks for sharing, looking forward to that and all the stuff Jay mentioned,, and S3, get those magic fingers to writing!!. What a ride!!

  9. I’m curious what you think about the issue of, I guess I’d call it “story framing” in a VR environment. I already get a bit distracted by background elements when watching something in higher definitions in 2D, but in that case, it’s far more clear what the director was intending to focus on. I’m wondering how you’d handle the issue of making sure/whether the user notices elements that advance a story being told in a VR environment.

  10. PBMom: {{{Hugs}}}

    Das: 😆

    Is VR different than the Kinect? Loved seeing how much fun Akemi had and I hope you have a big empty, padded room in your house by X-mas. 😉

  11. I don’t know why I took One’s death so hard. I really liked Marc as One as Derek Moss, but I guess that once he found out who and what he was, and decided not to kill three, there was really no reason for continue to live on the Raza in a life of crime and survival. I just wish he didn’t have to DIE. It would have been handy to have access to/help from a rich CEO now and then.

    I’ve seen primary and secondary characters killed off in shows before, and were affected by them in varying degrees, but I was completely unprepared to accept the idea that this crew of six would ever NOT be the original six – until Jay Firestone just said it, “Everyone is vulnerable.” Also, scifi stories SO often have dead characters “brought back” that I wasn’t ready to accept that Marc was off the show permanently. Unless the team encounters Jace Corso on a planet or space station somewhere, but that would be a totally adversarial scenario. While that would be entertaining, it would also rub the fresh wound of the loss of One. So long, Marc. You are missed. 🙁

  12. The VR gizmo looks amazing!
    They should hire Akemi as a demonstrator – just her enthusiasm for it shines thru in your pix. Sorry Joe but you don’t quite hit the mark (a blindfolded skier checking under his goggles, methinks?!)

    Thanks for the promo and sneak peak!I’m so looking forward to watching Monday’s late showing (I’m still assisting with teaching but it’s the last session … yay! 😊) it’ll be worth the wait I’m certain

    Jay’s interview about what ‘lies’ ahead was interesting… Hmm. Tempted to say something here, but I’ve said it already so I won’t … 😶

    . I’m not wrong am I? Really?

  13. I think sometimes horror can work with stuff you can’t visually see but know it’s absolutely there(Audible) and wants to get you. I remember playing the Resident Evil 7 tech demo thinking this game is seriously creepy. I don’t think it was just the really run down looking house you’re exploring in first person, no it was the way you’re alone in the house(Well assumingly!) and can hear all sorts of noises going on in the floor above you. Not to mention there’s the whole mannequin being thrown infront of you when you least expect it(Jump scare LOL). In the house, when you eventually gain access to the attic the phone starts ringing in a closed room and you hear this reallyyyyyyyy weird message from some unknown person. At this point the person in the house can get you at anytime, so you kinda have to have your back to the walls lol.

    Sure I think having a seriously creepy location works. But knowing that there’s something that wants to get you and you have no idea when and where it’ll appear works well in horror too.

  14. @PBMom That is so cool! I had no idea they’d even made a ST VR game. Wow! Jeri Ryan looks like she hasn’t aged a day since ST Voyager!
    Must be all that borg tech that was left over inside her
    after she chose to leave the collective. 😀

    @Randomness :-O

    O’ how I do so love your seriously twisted mind.

  15. Hi Joe
    It feels like there’s a couple more days in the week! Friday’s never taken this long to come.


  16. Just watched the preview finally. WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope Android can stay that way. The fighting is so fantastic.

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