Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun as Seen Through the HP Mixed Reality Headset

If you like stealth games, chances are you will like Shadow Tactics.

Last week I received the Acer Mixed Reality headset.

This week the HP Mixed Reality headset I ordered showed up.

I’ll be creating an unboxing video soon, but wanted to show off this little test I did…

I hooked up the the HP device and streamed my Xbox One to the Xbox App running through the Mixed Reality Portal.

The cliff side house has a theater room where they positioned the app by default.

I actually streamed the gameplay over on Mixer. I’ll probably be doing more live streaming over there. So if you are interested, go ahead and click the follow to be notified when I go live.

The game Shadow Tactics is actually pretty fun. It’s been out on the PC for a while, but just released to the Xbox One.

If you like stealth based games, you’d most likely like this.

Plus… the game was made with Unity!

Check out the gameplay here:

 

Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide

Back in 2014, John Sonmez wrote the book, “Soft Skills: The software developer’s life manual”. It was a great book that I raved about in that post.

He’s back with another book that focuses solely on your career as a software developer. The title says it all … The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide.

The book is launching today, and I’m grabbing it. But I wanted to get this post out here because the book is being launched at an unbeatable price of just 99 cents. That’s right, for less than a buck you can get the eBook for the next 48 hours.

If you’d prefer the paper back, it is currently $19, but I’m not sure how long it will remain at that price.

I’ll do a proper review once I read the book, but I have no problem recommending this book to you because of how good John’s first book was. I talk about it in the video this week.

You can grab the book here:

https://simpleprogrammer.com/products/careerguide

That is NOT an affiliate link. I’m not making money off this. I just know it is going to be good.

Oh, and if you are reading this post today – Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 – then you have the opportunity to jump into the Learn HoloLens membership!

If you are reading this at a later date, and the doors are closed make sure to jump on the notification list so you can join a fantastic community of HoloLens developers and become a HoloLens authority in less time.

Preparing for Microsoft Mixed Reality Partners

Last week my machine decided to freeze up. I had installed the latest NVIDIA graphics drivers and Windows also decided to install updates. When I came down to work on my video I was greeted with black screens. After rebooting, I kept getting the blue screen of death.

I won’t go into all the details here as I don’t want to bore my email readers as I talked about it last week, but I will say that after spending time working through the issue I decided it was time to update my graphics adapter.

I had my eye on the GTX 1080 Ti and went ahead and bought it after my blue screen escapades. I’m not too upset because now I’m ready for the upcoming collaborative headsets from Acer, ASUS, HP, Dell and Lenovo.

To be clear, none of these devices will require this powerful of a device. In fact, the devices will need less horsepower than those running HTC Vive or the Rift. An i5 with an Intel HD graphics 620 (GT2) equivalent or greater DirectX 12 API capable GPU is the critical pieces that need to be in place.

I can’t wait for these devices to ship. My understanding from reading online articles is that developers editions should be shipping soon with a possibility for consumer versions to be released in time for the holiday season.

The video this week is an unboxing video of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti from NVIDIA. I hope you enjoy it.

Learning to Program with Code.org

If you receive my email every week, then you will already know that I’m really impressed with http://code.org.

It uses the Blockly programming language which helps people to get started programming without getting bogged down in a particular language’s syntax.

The gist of the video below is that I think it is an awesome tool to help folks who are thinking about getting into programming, regardless if they are in grade school or if they are thinking of a career change.

If you are looking to learn to program (or know of someone who is) I’d recommend going through the Code.org exercises and see what you think.

Happy Coding!