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VRez is a VR Tribute to Rez

As far as cult videogames go, few are as fondly remembered as Rez, Sega’s on-rails music-based shooter that released on the Dreamcast back in 2001. The stylish title has seen a number of ports over the years and even a spiritual successor in Child of Eden from 2011. Of course, many virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts dream of a possible edition of the title for head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as the Oculus Rift. In fact, indie developer nosferathoo has even made a tribute to the classic named VRez that uses the Leap Motion hand-tracking controller. Footage of the title can be seen below.

Oculus Rift second development kit (DK2) owners that also have access to a Leap Motion controller can download the VRez submission to try out for themselves. Players use their hands to first lock onto approaching enemies and then make a fist to fire, shooting down bombs before they reach them. It’s also important to point out the demo was developed using Oculus VR’s SDK 0.6, so many not run for people using the latest version, 0.8.

Voting for the Leap Motion 3D Jam is now open, with nearly 200 entries available to choose from. Winners are set to be announced in January 2016, with the company offering over $75,000 USD in cash and prizes. That includes three $500 Community Choice awards. First prize in the AR/VR track will be awarded $10,000, Unity Suite, two Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) Hacker Dev Kits (HDKs) and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Second place gets $7,500, Unity Pro, one OSVR HDK and the same NVIDIA equipment while third gets the same bar a $5,000 reward.

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