So with stuff like the Oculus Rift and just the general culture of the modern day, does anyone else feel like reality is turning into Serial Experiments Lain?
It's pretty amazing how forward thinking that series is for 1998.
Right, we all remember how commonplace VR was back in the day.
Maybe you should go. Those attempts were the basis but fell flat as the tech for consumer versions wasn't there. Only through luckey managing to make a cheap vr prototype that had a believable effect did it come to the forefront again.
This whole idea of Lain as some prophetic work gets more annoying the more people spout it. 1998 isn't the dark ages, and predicting that existing tech will get better and more commonplace does not make Konaka a social visionary or whatever.
>Lain is science-fiction
It isn't. It presents an alternative version of 1998 reality, not a vision of the future.
What part of PRESENT DAY PRESENT TIME don't you get?
isn't the dark ages
It pretty much is as far as the internet and related tech goes, in 1998 most people didn't even own a cell phone, hell my family didn't even own a computer all.
Not to mention 1998 was the year Google was first founded for Christ's sake, look how much it's grown since then.
I think in 1998 most people still didn't realize just how huge an impact the internet was going to have.
It's still making a statement on the impact technology will have on society in the future even if it does so through an "alternate dimension" rather than a typical "ten years in the future" or whatever.
I like how anytime you try to have a discussion here about an actual good anime that is the not the typical moeshit assholes always try to ruin it, fuck off dipshits.
Do you remember when the Dot Com Bubble burst? Of course not because you're just a kid. The Internet was huge in the late 90's and computers was the major growth industry. Computers weren't in 99% of homes but there were certainly alot of families who owned them. I had a cellphone in the late 90's and even though not everyone had them they weren't that uncommon either. Of course this was back when the tech wasn't so good, texting was pretty much non-existant and games were Space Invader or Arkanoid knock offs, you had whichever one came on your phone and that was it.
No, I remember the Dot Com Bubble, I'm not saying the era was a technology wasteland, just that I don't think very many people really grasped just how ubiquitous the net would become.
I mean for one thing, if you told people back then that they would watch movies and TV shows streamed over the net onto their TV that would have sounded like some serious sci fi shit.
The real question is, was Lain one of those tomatoes?
I would argue that it was a technological limitation, not a conceptual one. gifs were everywhere because that was all we could handle with bandwidth, streaming wasn't really feasible because most people were on dial-up. All the same I do remember streaming short segments of episodes on websites.
I'm talking about the average person, I'm sure maybe some tech gurus could envision, but I doubt the average person could imagine watching an entire movie or TV episode over the internet in good picture quality.
It was a conceptual limitation for the vast majority of people, and I'm not expert in Japanese tech history but I'm willing to bet they were even farther behind than the west as far as digital inclusion went in 1998.
I love Lain, but you should probably kill yourself out of /a/ right now.
I remember a lot of regular people talking about whether they should upgrade their computer because everything was getting faster and cheaper all the time. The problem wasn't that people couldn't imagine it, the problem was that it wasn't possible yet. In the late 90's you could get a computer with a DVD drive to watch movies and we certainly had programs that loaded movies off of CDs, do you remember VCDs?
>actual good anime
Anyway, it's because these threads attract deep mature for deep mature person such as myself who refuse to watch anything else. It's only natural they are going to act like stupid retards, they are stupid retards
Holy crap you have that ass backwards. It's been well known since the 80's that the Japanese are kicking our ass in tech. That was a really big thing in the 90's, everyone bought Japanese electronics. Akihabara was an electronics paradise not an otaku one, that's where tourists went to buy cameras and camcorders.
>All the same I do remember streaming short segments of episodes on websites.
It doesn't count as dial up but I remember my dad had a PCMCIA card slot on his bulky 90's Compaq business laptop that he would plug a network expansion card that had a little extendable antenna and a SIM card slot, so you would put in the SIM from a regular cellphone and you could make calls and browse the internet over 2G GPRS at speeds of 35~100kbps.
Later in the mid 00's I got it off my dad and then scoured an old tech market to find a PCMCIA to PCI adapter so I could use the network card with my desktop PC and I would leave episodes of Bleach on youtube to buffer for an hour or so before I started to watch them, then buffering the next episode in the background.
I did not have a broadband connection till something like 2007/8 when I got a 128kbps connection, then a 256 and finally a 1Mbps and beyond over the years.
Such are the woes of third world.
In 1998 they were making alot of the computers they were selling to us. They had as many computers per capita as us if not more.
As for content there were certainly alot of image galleries back then. Not many people people had movie galleries back then because it was difficult to watch but people were certainly trying within their technological limitations.
I have a DK2, and it gives me headaches so badly that I have to stop working with it every few hours. Other than that, it's great. Much more convincing than I ever expected it to be
Not sure, I know the 1996 Tenchi Muyo in Love! movie was digitally animated rather than cel. I think it was more likely Lain was traditionally made though, digital was still something you would find in theatrical releases rather than OVAs or tv broadcast.
Cel animated, with some digital compositioning.
>HTC delay their headset because of a "groundbreaking technological breakthrough"
>The "groundbreaking technological breakthrough" turns out to be "lol we put a camera on it"
What will people do with their VR devices once they end up in their hands? I feel like a lot of the people preordering are buying based on the potential of the device rather than its existing content, but won't put in the effort to realize that potential.
>Good AR is coming soon
It's about fucking time
There's a huge amount of potential in the medium, I'm glad I'll get to see it flourish in my lifetime.
Kinda reminds me more of SAO than SEL.
>reality is turning into Serial Experiments Lain?
What? Reality has been like Lain's reality for a while now. People ARE in the internet, not in a physical form, but you feel their persona.
FIVE HUNDRED AND NINETY NINE US DOLLARS.
THE DREAM'S OVER M8'S, SAY GOODBYE TO ALL THE 3RD PARTY SUPPORT.
This isn't about whether *you* can afford it, but if *everyone else* can buy enough of them to get the VR hype train going. If the Oculus Rift flops it's going to look real bad across the entire market.
What the fuck? My dreams ruined. All my hope for Sony VR. It's have inner processor, so it already superior. Muh porn will waiting
You're fucking delusional, there's no way this already very niche electronic device, which needs at the VERY MINIMUM a $900 PC to even run, is going to sell as much as a cheap ass flat screen TV.
Dennou Coil and Robotics;Notes are my jam. Are there any other anime that focus on AR?