- 8:19 AM, Monday,
January 21st, 2023:
- So many years of
waiting. It's well documented on this site that Cam
has been Mario obsessed for awhile. Hmm, when
exactly... I think it was the release of Mario
Run which he first saw at 2. Then of course we got a
Switch when he was 3 and he beat Mario Odyssey by
himself before 4. That's such a massive chunk of this
kid's life, I cannot fathom what it mus've felt like
for him to finally get to walk into this land. I was
so focused on documenting it... Oh yeah, the
- A couple
- Rusty could only
take 3 people, which became a massive ethics moment
for our family. This isn't just a "day at the park",
this is a day we've talked about for well over 5
years. It's a family thing we literally put on our
calendars and talked about for yeeeeeeeeears. Rusty
and I have been plotting out how to get the 4 of us in
HARD for the last year and I even gave them a
Christmas gift card to open about January 19th - being
some of the first people to walk through that tunnel.
The fact that one of us couldn't go was just
devastating. So we just kind of came up with me
playing "camera guy" and never appearing in the
picture or video with the kids and only doing it from
their perspective. Thankfully it looks like Talya and
the kids can go next week at the neighbor preview
(also just 3 tickets) so yay it equally sucks - lol).
- But yeah, the
thought of taking a picture or video with the kids
WITHOUT mama was just soul crushing, so it doesn't
exist. At some point the 4 of us will indeed be able
to go... at which point fun galore!
- ...but I'll also
say this: after Thursday and then next week? I'm not
sure the kids are going to WANT to go... Now they
certainly enjoyed being there... but there really is
only 1 ride and the other "experiences" are... christ
- how do you say this: god-awful? They're the
equivalent of going to a playground and hitting
buttons and spinning pieces of plastic or whatnot.
They're something you run around and do in 5
minutes... not something you wait in a line for 20
minutes to do once. Like, the kids will knock out
whatever they missed next week and then... uhm. What?
I spent nearly $200 on those bands so it would "count"
the experiences they did... but, uh... now what? I
cannot fathom going multiple times to this thing. It's
really, REALLY small. I mean, I knew it would be
small, but even I was a little stunned at the
- Now, the height?
The grandeur of it? Oh it's beautiful. The details are
glorious and if they limited the people to like 1000?
Sure. Throw 500 in the mario kart line, a couple
hundred in the restaurant... then the activities would
be fun quick little one-offs. But this is gonna be a
madhouse for much of the year and once you've done it
ONCE? I cannot imagine waiting to do it again. Even
the Mario Kart ride, while cool... uh, it isn't a
THRILL. Ya know? It's neat! Ya gotta do it once or
twice... but man, it's not like other rides.
I really feel like a motion simulator ride ala
back to the future (now The Simpsons) would've been
WAY cooler and had way more staying power. Then again,
I didn't really PLAY the ride as I was trying to
document it all.
- Oh and on that..
jesus that 3D camera is difficult. Each time however,
I'm seemingly learning little things to make it work.
Auto-iris and only switching the base ISO helped a
BUNCH. Though it seems I should've basically kept
the ISO at 3200 the entire time (the R5C has 2 base
ISOs of 800/3200) since it was at night. Learning. The
gimbal is a bitch too because shit is pretty heavy and
man with this shit you just have to shoot and shoot
and shoot. The biggest problem is you need to really
set up. There's no auto-focus, so you really need time
to stop, set that up and then shoot... but in a line?
Yeah, that's not happening. VR is the least friendly
"run and gun" camera EVER. Also, all side-to-side
movement is nauseating even with a smooth gimball, so
I have to edit almost everything to JUST forward
movement or NO movement. If it's the slowest
POSSIBLE turn... sure, you can pull that off, but
man - wearing a headset is way different than normal
- ALL THAT BEING SAID?
This is the coolest thing I've shared (the ride I made
is still cooler - lol) and I can't wait for
people to see it. It's the one thing I believe could
help get the Vrlog thing going with a healthy amount
of subscribers... although Meta STILL makes it so
difficult I may be going to a different site.
DeoVR seems way easier to work and even has some
monetary benefits. Time will tell. It's just
ridiculous to me that Meta can't make this easier.
THE APP IS ALREADY ON 20 million
headsets for fuck's sake. How is asking people to
download an app EASIER than what's already on their
- Alright - enjoy
the video... not sure how I'd even get feedback on
it... but I hope I do! I've hit up damn near
every Nintendo and VR outlet I can. If this doesn't
work, I don't know what will!