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Valve are making the Index VR kit available in more countries

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If Valve want the new Half-Life: Alyx to be a success, they need to push VR into every possible country they can and they're working a bit more towards that.

Announced early this morning (around 1AM UTC), the Valve Index is now being made available in Canada and Japan in addition to the availability in Europe and the USA. Half-Life: Alyx doesn't require the Index though, Valve did say it will work with any PC VR kit but this will probably give the best experience.

They confirmed again with this announcement, that all owners of the Valve Index will get a free copy of Half-Life: Alyx. However, it doesn't have to be the whole kit!

In their email they said "users who already own an Index or purchase the Index Kit, Index Headset/Controllers kit, just the Index Headset, or just the Index Controllers prior to the release of Half-Life: Alyx will receive a free copy of the game." which is a pretty sweet deal if you're looking for an upgrade somewhere.

You can find out more over on Steam.

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F.Ultra 4 years 26 Nov, 2019
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: sub
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Beamboom
Quoting: F.UltraWell that is what being outside the EU gets you (combined with being a small country)

Sounds unlikely. We're member of EEA, and have access to the inner market of EU. And absolutely everything else of hardware - including Vive who it looks like Index is based on (same base stations) - is here. But The Valve hardware specifically is not. I know of no other products in the same situation. Never heard of.
My guess is, Gabe traveled there once and also had food that poisoned him, so no Valve products for Norway!

Don't you have that delicious fermented fish?

That's us their friendly eastern neighbour of Sweden that have the famous fish (surströmming) that you can find in every "let's puke" video on the Internet :)
Doesn't Iceland also have a couple of weaponizable fish delicacies?

They have Hákarl which is a type of shark that they air dry for 5 months that are told to smell heavy of ammonia.

I found an old "review" comparing the two (since I have unfortunately never been to Iceland I have not tried the Hákarl) https://demislw.com/2014/03/09/its-a-fork-off-the-worlds-foulest-food/.

Common mistake that foreigners do with Surströmming is that they open the can in the open, we Swedes always opens the can under water (in say a bucket or a filled bathtub) since it's highly explosive and you do not want pieces of the "sauce" anywhere since it's close to impossible to clean up.

I've heard of a case where some people wanted to prank newly-weds by placing an open can at a random location in their house while they where away on their honeymoon with the intent that they would go home and look for hours to find where that strange smell where coming from.

It all ended with these people having to pay the costs for a total renovation since there was no way to save furniture, wallpapers, carpets and so forth, everything was completely ruined.

This shit is not be played with :)

edit: I'm adding the conclusion from the "review" I linked to in case no one wants to read the whole thing (I do recommend that you do it though, it's a very fun and interesting read)

QuoteThere is no reason for people to feel they need to eat Surströmming at all, ever, for any reason. If I had to chose between eating Hákarl every day of my life or eating Surströmming one more time, I would still go with the daily shark. It was horrible in so many more ways that Hákarl wasn’t. I walked away from the shark dish in November feeling like I’d touched the edge of the Universe, but in reality, I hadn’t come even close. This is by far the worst thing a human can ever eat. I’ve accidentally eaten dog-shit before – this was worse. I’ve accidentally sipped some urine that had been congealing in a plastic drink bottle for several months – this was worse (but only just – in a remarkably similar ball-park). Don’t try this, thinking it’s going to be cool. It’s not going to be cool trying something so gross. It’s going to be horrible. You are going to vomit. You are going to wish you’d never gotten yourself into this in the first place. There’s no silver-lining to the experience, apart from the thought that perhaps, eating it with Swedish locals, already fully tanked on very, very strong clear spirits, you’re just drunk enough that you keep more of it down than I did. Horrible. Words can’t describe it.


Last edited by F.Ultra on 26 November 2019 at 10:44 pm UTC
sub 27 Nov, 2019
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: sub
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Beamboom
Quoting: F.UltraWell that is what being outside the EU gets you (combined with being a small country)

Sounds unlikely. We're member of EEA, and have access to the inner market of EU. And absolutely everything else of hardware - including Vive who it looks like Index is based on (same base stations) - is here. But The Valve hardware specifically is not. I know of no other products in the same situation. Never heard of.
My guess is, Gabe traveled there once and also had food that poisoned him, so no Valve products for Norway!

Don't you have that delicious fermented fish?

That's us their friendly eastern neighbour of Sweden that have the famous fish (surströmming) that you can find in every "let's puke" video on the Internet :)
Doesn't Iceland also have a couple of weaponizable fish delicacies?

They have Hákarl which is a type of shark that they air dry for 5 months that are told to smell heavy of ammonia.

I found an old "review" comparing the two (since I have unfortunately never been to Iceland I have not tried the Hákarl) https://demislw.com/2014/03/09/its-a-fork-off-the-worlds-foulest-food/.

Common mistake that foreigners do with Surströmming is that they open the can in the open, we Swedes always opens the can under water (in say a bucket or a filled bathtub) since it's highly explosive and you do not want pieces of the "sauce" anywhere since it's close to impossible to clean up.

I've heard of a case where some people wanted to prank newly-weds by placing an open can at a random location in their house while they where away on their honeymoon with the intent that they would go home and look for hours to find where that strange smell where coming from.

It all ended with these people having to pay the costs for a total renovation since there was no way to save furniture, wallpapers, carpets and so forth, everything was completely ruined.

This shit is not be played with :)

edit: I'm adding the conclusion from the "review" I linked to in case no one wants to read the whole thing (I do recommend that you do it though, it's a very fun and interesting read)

QuoteThere is no reason for people to feel they need to eat Surströmming at all, ever, for any reason. If I had to chose between eating Hákarl every day of my life or eating Surströmming one more time, I would still go with the daily shark. It was horrible in so many more ways that Hákarl wasn’t. I walked away from the shark dish in November feeling like I’d touched the edge of the Universe, but in reality, I hadn’t come even close. This is by far the worst thing a human can ever eat. I’ve accidentally eaten dog-shit before – this was worse. I’ve accidentally sipped some urine that had been congealing in a plastic drink bottle for several months – this was worse (but only just – in a remarkably similar ball-park). Don’t try this, thinking it’s going to be cool. It’s not going to be cool trying something so gross. It’s going to be horrible. You are going to vomit. You are going to wish you’d never gotten yourself into this in the first place. There’s no silver-lining to the experience, apart from the thought that perhaps, eating it with Swedish locals, already fully tanked on very, very strong clear spirits, you’re just drunk enough that you keep more of it down than I did. Horrible. Words can’t describe it.

https://demislw.com/2014/03/09/its-a-fork-off-the-worlds-foulest-food

Made my day. :D
Purple Library Guy 27 Nov, 2019
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: sub
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Beamboom
Quoting: F.UltraWell that is what being outside the EU gets you (combined with being a small country)

Sounds unlikely. We're member of EEA, and have access to the inner market of EU. And absolutely everything else of hardware - including Vive who it looks like Index is based on (same base stations) - is here. But The Valve hardware specifically is not. I know of no other products in the same situation. Never heard of.
My guess is, Gabe traveled there once and also had food that poisoned him, so no Valve products for Norway!

Don't you have that delicious fermented fish?

That's us their friendly eastern neighbour of Sweden that have the famous fish (surströmming) that you can find in every "let's puke" video on the Internet :)
Doesn't Iceland also have a couple of weaponizable fish delicacies?

They have Hákarl which is a type of shark that they air dry for 5 months that are told to smell heavy of ammonia.

I found an old "review" comparing the two (since I have unfortunately never been to Iceland I have not tried the Hákarl) https://demislw.com/2014/03/09/its-a-fork-off-the-worlds-foulest-food/.

Common mistake that foreigners do with Surströmming is that they open the can in the open, we Swedes always opens the can under water (in say a bucket or a filled bathtub) since it's highly explosive and you do not want pieces of the "sauce" anywhere since it's close to impossible to clean up.

I've heard of a case where some people wanted to prank newly-weds by placing an open can at a random location in their house while they where away on their honeymoon with the intent that they would go home and look for hours to find where that strange smell where coming from.

It all ended with these people having to pay the costs for a total renovation since there was no way to save furniture, wallpapers, carpets and so forth, everything was completely ruined.

This shit is not be played with :)

edit: I'm adding the conclusion from the "review" I linked to in case no one wants to read the whole thing (I do recommend that you do it though, it's a very fun and interesting read)

QuoteThere is no reason for people to feel they need to eat Surströmming at all, ever, for any reason. If I had to chose between eating Hákarl every day of my life or eating Surströmming one more time, I would still go with the daily shark. It was horrible in so many more ways that Hákarl wasn’t. I walked away from the shark dish in November feeling like I’d touched the edge of the Universe, but in reality, I hadn’t come even close. This is by far the worst thing a human can ever eat. I’ve accidentally eaten dog-shit before – this was worse. I’ve accidentally sipped some urine that had been congealing in a plastic drink bottle for several months – this was worse (but only just – in a remarkably similar ball-park). Don’t try this, thinking it’s going to be cool. It’s not going to be cool trying something so gross. It’s going to be horrible. You are going to vomit. You are going to wish you’d never gotten yourself into this in the first place. There’s no silver-lining to the experience, apart from the thought that perhaps, eating it with Swedish locals, already fully tanked on very, very strong clear spirits, you’re just drunk enough that you keep more of it down than I did. Horrible. Words can’t describe it.
That was hilarious.
Sounds like a common mistake of Swedes is, they open the can.
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