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It's ogre. Facebook bought Oculus rift

Last posted Mar 28, 2014 at 02:13PM EDT. Added Mar 25, 2014 at 09:43PM EDT
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This is one of the most infuriating announcements of tech news to come out this week. The Oculus was kickstarted; the Oculus development team spat in the face of their early backers. There is also the possibility that they are going to either gut or modify the Oculus and turn it into a competitor against Google Glass. Either way, now with Facebook controlling the Oculus, the Oculus dev team is going to be forced to implement ads into the UI or display to “leverage the Facebook platform” and make it useable for “communication” purposes.

The Oculus Rift is pretty much dead to gaming now unless you want to play an immerse game of Farmville and share your game play on Facebook.

At least there is Valve, Microsoft and other tech companies will fill the void that has been created by this acquisition.

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Mar 25, 2014 at 10:31PM EDT
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rip fun

Mar 25, 2014 at 10:39PM EDT

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Mar 25, 2014 at 11:02PM EDT
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suicides en masse at /v/
ps : was playing hawken, thought that this game would be the s*** with oculus rift, was going to bed cause it’s 4am here, see all articles about this huge betrayal…
ItistimeIkilledmyself.jpg

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Mar 25, 2014 at 11:09PM EDT
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MisterMustache wrote:

Linkzorz

The jews have won. Huge shitstorm on /v/ right now.

Now that we have the Oculus Rift, we, the Elders of Zion, can move on to our next objective:

VALVE
Mar 25, 2014 at 11:26PM EDT
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Andddd this is why I hate Facebook so damn much. I’m glad I quit that site years ago. I may have lost contact with many friends, but at least I’m free from that cancer. Just seeing the crap my mom has on her wall…. shudders


What if they turn it into a “hangout with your friends-IN VIRTUAL REALITY!!!!” type of gimmick? :O Ahh this why we can’t have nice things.

Oh and this tweet from Notch pretty much sums it up
Edit: More thoughts from Notch

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Mar 25, 2014 at 11:56PM EDT
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April Fool’s is a week away… this is a joke, right guys? Right?

Mar 25, 2014 at 11:58PM EDT
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If this reaction is indicative of the kind of shit that Facebook goes through, I’m so glad that I’ve never bothered to make an account for the website.

Mar 26, 2014 at 01:00AM EDT
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Fuckerburg strikes again.

Mar 26, 2014 at 01:00AM EDT

Damn.

I can imagine some people here might not easily understand why the gaming community is in total uproar over this. So here’s an explanation

The Oculus was promising to be a revolutionary gaming peripheral. This was the vision for it in the beginning and the reason why kickstarters backed thousands into it.

The Oculus promised to bring immersion into games in ways that previous incarnations of VR all failed in. VR headsets had been around since the early 90’s but now finally we had one that actually worked. Up until this point, the whole gaming community was gearing up for that. We saw mountains of potential in it. Potential that was quickly realized in all the indie developers finding awesome applications for it and using it to great effect

The Facebook acquisition threatens all of that potential, because Facebook is not interested in gaming. Or at least not the type of gaming that the Oculus served most practical in. We all know where FB’s priorities lie. Zucky has already announced that he plans on using the Oculus technology on (of course) more social services. Suddenly we are now fearful that Facebook will subvert the intended application of the Oculus towards their own ends. Since this is Facebook, were looking at a VR headset for your office meetings instead of your 1st person horror games. Built to compete with Google Glass instead of achieving a milestone in gaming

The motives of Facebook is simply less that trustworthy and the gaming community has no hope whatsoever that Facebook will allow Oculus to follow through with what they hoped for.

And the original backers feel the most betrayed. Betrayed that their money…money that went towards cutting edge VR gaming, is now going directly to Facebooks bank account.

Maybe we’re being paranoid. Maybe this is like the Yahoo! Tumblr acquisition where we all feared the worst. Yahoo! needed to prove to us all that they wouldn’t fuck it up before we could trust them. But so far Tumblr still stands unchanged and the SJW’s look like they will kill Tumblr sooner than Yahoo! It wasn’t so bad.

Maybe it will be the same here, where the Oculus actually wont be changed by this and Facebooks plans will be used on a spinoff product instead…but Facebooks reputation makes that optimism very hard to sustain until Facebook addresses these concerns and tries to prove us wrong

Mar 26, 2014 at 01:31AM EDT
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RIP Oculus Rift…
I think we should build our own Oculus Rift, with blackjack and hookers.

Mar 26, 2014 at 02:13AM EDT
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The Waifu Age ended before it even started. Why is life so cruel?

Mar 26, 2014 at 04:16AM EDT
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Blue Screen (of Death) wrote:

Damn.

I can imagine some people here might not easily understand why the gaming community is in total uproar over this. So here’s an explanation

The Oculus was promising to be a revolutionary gaming peripheral. This was the vision for it in the beginning and the reason why kickstarters backed thousands into it.

The Oculus promised to bring immersion into games in ways that previous incarnations of VR all failed in. VR headsets had been around since the early 90’s but now finally we had one that actually worked. Up until this point, the whole gaming community was gearing up for that. We saw mountains of potential in it. Potential that was quickly realized in all the indie developers finding awesome applications for it and using it to great effect

The Facebook acquisition threatens all of that potential, because Facebook is not interested in gaming. Or at least not the type of gaming that the Oculus served most practical in. We all know where FB’s priorities lie. Zucky has already announced that he plans on using the Oculus technology on (of course) more social services. Suddenly we are now fearful that Facebook will subvert the intended application of the Oculus towards their own ends. Since this is Facebook, were looking at a VR headset for your office meetings instead of your 1st person horror games. Built to compete with Google Glass instead of achieving a milestone in gaming

The motives of Facebook is simply less that trustworthy and the gaming community has no hope whatsoever that Facebook will allow Oculus to follow through with what they hoped for.

And the original backers feel the most betrayed. Betrayed that their money…money that went towards cutting edge VR gaming, is now going directly to Facebooks bank account.

Maybe we’re being paranoid. Maybe this is like the Yahoo! Tumblr acquisition where we all feared the worst. Yahoo! needed to prove to us all that they wouldn’t fuck it up before we could trust them. But so far Tumblr still stands unchanged and the SJW’s look like they will kill Tumblr sooner than Yahoo! It wasn’t so bad.

Maybe it will be the same here, where the Oculus actually wont be changed by this and Facebooks plans will be used on a spinoff product instead…but Facebooks reputation makes that optimism very hard to sustain until Facebook addresses these concerns and tries to prove us wrong

This. So much this. But, like you said, this /is/ Facebook we are talking about. So who knows. Let’s hope it all works out in the end.

Mar 26, 2014 at 05:39AM EDT
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Does it really make sense that Facebook will drop the gaming feature of the Oculus Rift and replace it with social media? Why would I need VR to check my Facebook?

Facebook, as the articles read, is simply interested in expanding on the features of the Oculus Rift. But like the comparison with their buy of Instagram, they are becoming more experienced with keeping them as seperate companies. Oculus Rift as in gaming will remain the same, Facebook is just interested in creating something similar that expands on the idea of VR, using the technology delivered through the Oculus Rift. They didn’t buy the Oculus Rift as we know it for gaming, they just bought the technology so they can expand on it seperately from Oculus.

Also imagine the following: Using Facebook to share screenshots of those Oculus Rift indy eroges. They’ll reconsider their decision soon enough then.

But yeah, I can understand how the early backers feel pretty betrayed right now. But as Facebook is possibly going to keep Oculus a seperate company, those backers might not be betrayed yet.

It’s a waiting game for now. Early conclusions never helped anyone.

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Mar 26, 2014 at 06:18AM EDT
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It is just one of the VR addition and there is a lot of alternative, so we don’t need to freak out just because Zuck bought the Oculus Rift. Right?
He just wasted a company and the money because he thought it was a good idea to use VR in social media right now. Right?
For example, Google uses some kind of 3D vision technology for tracking/analizing. And it can be combined with VR so easily.
Even google does a good job, unfortunately that is still a prototye/WIP project and it’ll take a lot of years to complete its develop. So, how the fuck Zuck suppose to use that kind of technology in social networking? How is social networking have a relation with VR anyway?
Well that’s what we afraid of. There is no fucking way or reason to use that technology in social networking.
He’ll probably step into the game industry, because he has no other option to profit from it.

EDIT Ah yes.. His target is gaming as i thought..

Immersive gaming will be the first, and Oculus already has big plans here that won’t be changing and we hope to accelerate. The Rift is highly anticipated by the gaming community, and there’s a lot of interest from developers in building for this platform. We’re going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this.

Can you imagine huge amount of game companies agree to deal with their policies? That would be horrible. Not just for gaming.. For privacy.

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Mar 26, 2014 at 07:36AM EDT
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what’s funny is that oculus is, at least in my eyes, the most un-social development in gaming in a while.
just think about it, you put your VR glasses and headset on and you’re gone.
most likely alone in your room, the outer world completely shut-out, not just in-front-of-your-screen-shut-out, but don’t see anything and don’t hear anything around you shut-out, even if someone enters the room he’ll just see some peron with a huge box in front of their eyes, a headset, all wired up, rotating in the room and doing weird head movements, possibly even babbling nonsense voice commands.
maybe you’ll play a multiplayer game, but what kind of multiplayer game would that be? MP ego-shooter players will still prefer mouse+keyboard, vr would be more of a distraction, i could imagine that ArmA would be pretty cool with VR, but i can’t imagine using all the keyboard keys and key combinations, since in arma every key on the keyboard has like 3 funktions assigned to them, without seeing them. maybe a racing game, or some other simulation…
ace combat assault horizon would be pretty intense btw ^^

social interaction is below 0, and i don’t see how the hell facebook wants to turn this into the social media wonder they think of. i mean,
can’t videochat with this shit, you’ll see a person with huge VR glasses and a headset on, and that’s the same the other side will see, and what sense does it make to browse fb with vr glasses. that’s just pretty much retarded.

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Mar 26, 2014 at 08:01AM EDT
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@Random

Does it really make sense that Facebook will drop the gaming feature of the Oculus Rift and replace it with social media? Why would I need VR to check my Facebook?

Nope, not one lick of sense. And that’s what I’m hoping for. That’s what everyone is hoping for right now; that Facebook is smart enough to see that, and not alter the course of the Oculus and it’s original target market.

Facebook can do what they want with their new VR technology, Give Farmville Oculus support, why not?…so long as we still get that same VR gaming headset we all looked forward to in an unaltered state

If they do that, then the acquisition will be a success for both Oculus and Facebook

Optimism dictates that Facebook surely wont be so stupid as to cancel any plans of the Oculus being an amazing gaming device with tons of market demand and instead make it social media device that absolutely nobody needs or wants. Surely.

Optimism is in short supply however. Facebook simply has not earned anyone’s trust yet.

Like you say, this is a waiting game

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Immersive gaming will be the first, and Oculus already has big plans here that won’t be changing and we hope to accelerate. The Rift is highly anticipated by the gaming community, and there’s a lot of interest from developers in building for this platform. We’re going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this.

Well this at least shows that Oculus will likely keep going with their own plans and shouldn’t be compelled to put facebook ads in the display. That’s more reassuring.

But the concerns of what Facebook will do once they weasel their way into the gaming industry and their notoriety with privacy is less reassuring

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Mar 26, 2014 at 08:02AM EDT
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Someone should make a second Occulus Rift with open source and license so it couldn’t be bought by some company.

Mar 26, 2014 at 08:44AM EDT
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With Facebook’s claims that they will still go for the gaming aspect of Oculus Rift I’m reminded of the social media aspect of the gen 4 consoles that constantly urge you to share this and tell your friends that and make your friends get this game too.

I personally am not that interested in OR, but I do feel really bad for the backers that put in literally thousands of dollars if in the end they are not getting what they paid for, but here’s to high hopes that things turn out well. As BSOD said, this could end up being similar to Yahoo buying Tumblr: A ton of doom and gloom from the users only for things to end up ultimately unchanged. Facebook does have to prove they won’t fuck it up, though. If shit really hits the fan with this one, then there’s still plenty of OR competitors sprouting up already. None are at the level that OR is at, but if angered fans latch onto these new projects instead then I’m sure the competitors would have their game stepped up in no time.

Mar 26, 2014 at 09:04AM EDT
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I wasn’t really excited for this but the idea of so much gaming potential possibly being squandered…

And re-purposed for fucking social media no less…

Mar 26, 2014 at 12:27PM EDT
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Mar 26, 2014 at 01:47PM EDT
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Guess we’ll have to wait for Steam VR.

Mar 26, 2014 at 03:24PM EDT

Congratulations! you just had VR sex! Would you like to share with your friends on facebook?
[ ] Yes
[ ] of course

Mar 26, 2014 at 07:16PM EDT
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Jyron Stone wrote:

The Waifu Age ended before it even started. Why is life so cruel?

Well, you know, instead of busting your virtual nut inside of some V.I., you could always try busting your nut inside of a real woman, right?

…Right?

Mar 26, 2014 at 11:43PM EDT

Real what..?

Dude..are you fucking sick or do you have some sort of disease?
Jesus..how disgusting..post your messed up fetish in the Fetish thread for christ sake..

Mar 27, 2014 at 12:09AM EDT
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Jarl Balgruuf wrote:

Well, you know, instead of busting your virtual nut inside of some V.I., you could always try busting your nut inside of a real woman, right?

…Right?

Also, getting laid doesn’t mean the end of porn or masturbation…

Also, pretty sure most of us are just kidding….. somewhat

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Mar 27, 2014 at 12:14AM EDT
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Jarl Balgruuf wrote:

Well, you know, instead of busting your virtual nut inside of some V.I., you could always try busting your nut inside of a real woman, right?

…Right?

And cheating on your waifu? fuck off

Mar 27, 2014 at 12:16AM EDT
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On the plus side, the Facebook acquisition means that it’ll be so easy to be allowed to develop for it that we’ll be getting a new immerse virtual sex game a week.

Mar 27, 2014 at 08:56AM EDT

I wonder if Oculus fans would be as enraged if Microsoft, Disney or Vivendi had bought Oculus Rift.

Mar 27, 2014 at 03:40PM EDT
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Jarl Balgruuf wrote:

People still give a shit about Notch?

Mojang is full of greedy fucks who think they’re the Mozarts of gaming.

What? Explain please.

Mar 27, 2014 at 07:47PM EDT
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Mr.Stalker wrote:

What? Explain please.

What I mean is that I think it’s ironic that Notch and Mojang are against this whole situation despite the fact that they’ve been pretty business-based since they’ve become mainstream.

Mar 28, 2014 at 02:13PM EDT
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