There's just not a lot of funding sources for games--this is likely the only deal they could get of this size.
Unfortunately, it's common for publishers to demand radical changes in game projecgts without any schedule or budget modification. This has sunk many studios--it's one of the reasons why there aren't many mid-sized game studios left. Large publishers always prioritize their internal projects--external developers get the shaft.
A friend of mine got into reading investment books targeted at the extremely wealthy. They were pretty funny. These books had to trump up nearly impossible end of days events and then promote investment strategies that will keep the reader amongst the 1% when half the world's population dies from a space disease delivered by a comet impact or some other highly unlikely scenario. Elite Panic is big business.
Maybe the new path to the middle class will be in selling doomsday bunkers to paranoid trillionaires.
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All in the realm of possibility. You can get precise head tracking with a combination of optical and depth sensors fused with compass and gyro sensors. I haven't tried this device, but have seen promising results from similar tech.
The video card doesn't have to be very powerful. In fact, since you aren't rendering a background you can devote all of your video card's power to the virtual objects.
Projecting solid images on a transparent display--now THAT'S a trick.
I can't wait to try these.
I'm lazy and don't know how to actually make coffee. In fact, I didn't drink coffee regularly until the first Keurig came out. It's like 5X more expensive than brewing your own, but 100X more convenient.
But they already tried to come out with a DRM'ed successor to the Keurig called VUE and it totally flopped. The coffee was more expensive, and the machine just had a bunch of useless options making it not much better than the regular Keurig with much cheaper K-Cups.