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  Stizzled

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3/25/14 10:54:35 PM#121

Man, it didn't take much to get almost everyone hating on the Occulus Rift did it? If you guys can give up on an item that is supposed to be so revolutionary so easily, then it makes me think that those of us who "just don't get it because you haven't tried it yer" aren't missing out on much and it isn't so revolutionary after all.

 

Honestly, they would have always been a very niche gaming product, it's probably best that a non-gaming focused company assumes control and puts this tech to use in other, more suited, fields. Arguments could be made about whether Facebook is the right company to do that or not, but so far this sounds like positive news for Occulus in regards to expanding beyond being just a gaming peripheral.

 

I guess it sucks for those of you who were hoping for a purely 'made for gaming' peripheral, but let's be honest, there's no point whining and crying about this news. Most of you will still wind up buying the thing anyway. If your interested in the tech then your interested in the tech, regardless of who's selling the thing.

  Distopia

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3/25/14 10:55:02 PM#122
Meh, could see some good come of this could see some bad, in the end it's just a tool. There will be others, especially with so many companies taking an obvious curiosity in the device.

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  Epicent

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Die clickers Die!!!

3/25/14 10:55:38 PM#123
Originally posted by CthulhuPuffs
So what happens to the people that Crowd Funded this on Kickstarter??

lol. Apparantly Francis would like to know also. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFx0p_8fXXQ

  Distopia

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3/25/14 10:56:54 PM#124
Originally posted by CthulhuPuffs
So what happens to the people that Crowd Funded this on Kickstarter??
 

What should? This is the whole point behind Kickstarters, start off small, build toward something big. Can't get much bigger than this.

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  Zalmon

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3/25/14 11:02:04 PM#125

I cant believe some of the mental replies in this topic. Too many paranoid people.

And facebook acquiring Occulus won't hinder its application in video games, it just means that now its applications will be more widespread.

  Stizzled

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Kill Your Heroes

3/25/14 11:07:10 PM#126
Originally posted by Epicent
Originally posted by CthulhuPuffs
So what happens to the people that Crowd Funded this on Kickstarter??

lol. Apparantly Francis would like to know also. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFx0p_8fXXQ

"It's like I'm really crushing candy!"

 

Lost it right there, good stuff.

  Maquiame

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3/25/14 11:18:19 PM#127
Glad I'm getting a PS4

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  CthulhuPuffs

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3/25/14 11:19:33 PM#128
Originally posted by Distopia
Originally posted by CthulhuPuffs
So what happens to the people that Crowd Funded this on Kickstarter??
 

What should? This is the whole point behind Kickstarters, start off small, build toward something big. Can't get much bigger than this.

This was supposed to be a Consumer funded project. Not a Zuckerberg funded project.

The point behind Kickstarter is to start off small and build to something bigger with the help of the public (end user).

Not to use the Consumers money so you can build up your project just to sell it off to some billionaire asshole.

 

I think those that Kickstarted this thing should get their money back.

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  Volgore

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3/25/14 11:21:47 PM#129
I always said that this device would be dead before it hits the market  :)

  xpiher

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3/25/14 11:22:21 PM#130

You guys are hilarious. First of all Facebook and the NSA/CIA don't need to have an agreement in order for it to be used to "spy" on you. Most information people post is public, you don't have any expectation of priacy when you post it to the web. NSA/CIA/Gov simply needs to pay someone to shift through all the amount of public data on there to make a very telling profile on you. Honestly, any individual on this site could trawl one of their friend's profiles and tell their friend what they are planning on doing for the next week based on their posts. 

Secondly, OR might be designed perfectly for gamers, but its a platform first, a platform that can be used for anything that it can support. From everything I know of OR its obvious that the platform was eventually going to be taken in this direction if for no other reason than to expand its marketable base. Do gamers have a monopoly of the platform? No. 

Now, I am a little worried about what facebook might try and integrated into the platform by a default. HOWEVER, if facebook takes a hands off approch to the platform and simply uses the in depth knowledge of it to customize software that is ultra compatible with it, thus using the purchase as nothing more than a competitive edge, there will be nothing to fear. 

But lets be real, OR by itself is not SAO. You can get vertigo from it, but that's about it. You need it to either hook into the sympathetic nervous system, which has its own fears, or you need a suit to go along with that simulates contact with objects. IMO, the most likely state that VR will go to in the near future is a body suit and software that simulates pain/feeling. The amount of coding to go into this for games would be VERY intense, but the possibilities and starting blocks are already there. Funnily enough, part of its comes from the pron industry that. Look it up


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  Tbau

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3/25/14 11:35:07 PM#131
The only worse company I could think of buying them out would be Microsoft, and not by much.
  Epicent

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Die clickers Die!!!

3/25/14 11:36:46 PM#132
  AIMonster

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3/25/14 11:40:56 PM#133

I don't get why people can't understand why we are upset about this.

Being bought up by Facebook will definitely change the direction Rift focuses on.  The device was primarily meant for immersive gaming, with simulation secondary, and other things like immersive movie watching and virtual shopping (like for homes) as something that would be possible with the Rift, but not likely going to become a focus.

We already know the focus will change.  They'll leave Rift alone for a while, but we all know Zuckerberg is going to push the social aspects of the device.  I mean in the post about the buyout he already stated that he's interested in doing so with the whole sentence people keep quoting above.

On top of that we have the whole issue of Facebook wanting a return on their investment.  This could very well mean selling of your data.  It could mean you'll see a lot of advertisements when using the Rift.  There is a good chance that they'll take a % of the cut for any games (and other applications) as well to get ROI which doesn't exist with the OR in it's current iteration.

This very well may be good news for the OR's future as Facebook will really push to market this, but it's bad news for gamers.  I don't really care about the OR's potential in social media, classroom learning, or watching sports as if I'm really at the stadium itself.  I mainly just care about it's potential in gaming and all I personally see is this is going to take away the focus from gaming.

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  AzurePrower

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3/25/14 11:45:47 PM#134

I think they leaked their April fools a little too early.

 

Edit: The bitterness of the Internet knows no limits. Hell hath no fury like a mob of angry gamer's scorn.

 

  xpiher

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3/25/14 11:47:00 PM#135
Its a platform. All that matters is if facebook forces facebook integration along with the platform. If they simply use it like google uses google glass, then its a fantastic thing for gamers. 


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  Distopia

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3/25/14 11:50:01 PM#136
Originally posted by AIMonster

I don't get why people can't understand why we are upset about this.

Being bought up by Facebook will definitely change the direction Rift focuses on.  The device was primarily meant for immersive gaming, with simulation secondary, and other things like immersive movie watching and virtual shopping (like for homes) as something that would be possible with the Rift, but not likely going to become a focus.

We already know the focus will change.  They'll leave Rift alone for a while, but we all know Zuckerberg is going to push the social aspects of the device.  I mean in the post about the buyout he already stated that he's interested in doing so with the whole sentence people keep quoting above.

On top of that we have the whole issue of Facebook wanting a return on their investment.  This could very well mean selling of your data.  It could mean you'll see a lot of advertisements when using the Rift.  There is a good chance that they'll take a % of the cut for any games (and other applications) as well to get ROI which doesn't exist with the OR in it's current iteration.

This very well may be good news for the OR's future as Facebook will really push to market this, but it's bad news for gamers.  I don't really care about the OR's potential in social media, classroom learning, or watching sports as if I'm really at the stadium itself.  I mainly just care about it's potential in gaming and all I personally see is this is going to take away the focus from gaming.

Upset is one thing, have you read through this thread? There's a whole other level of something going on here. Upset is a complete understatement.

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  tankknat

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3/25/14 11:55:25 PM#137
I dont like this one bit... the people I feel sorry for the most are the ones who helped with the kickstarter... this is a kick in the teeth to the occulus followers... I dont think it would be so bad if facebook had put in this money before the kickstarter... not when its already off the ground... oh well... goodbye Occulus...
  Distopia

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3/25/14 11:58:39 PM#138
Originally posted by tankknat
I dont like this one bit... the people I feel sorry for the most are the ones who helped with the kickstarter... this is a kick in the teeth to the occulus followers... I dont think it would be so bad if facebook had put in this money before the kickstarter... not when its already off the ground... oh well... goodbye Occulus...

I don't get this mentality, it was a piece of technology, it was always destined for this to happen under circumstances of success. That's the way tech works, if it wasn't facebook it would have been someone else.

For every minute you are angry , you lose 60 seconds of happiness."-Emerson

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  Teala

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3/26/14 12:00:15 AM#139
Originally posted by Zalmon

I cant believe some of the mental replies in this topic. Too many paranoid people.

And facebook acquiring Occulus won't hinder its application in video games, it just means that now its applications will be more widespread.

Yeah, probably as long as you use Facebook.

  rtbbvr

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3/26/14 12:06:49 AM#140

Oh no a start up company gets a corporate sponsor!!!! It must be the end of the world!!!!! Its not like other good ideas got large corporate backings (Like say... Anroid, orginally a Open Handset Alliance software purchased by Google)

Seriously everyone, read some articles on it. Facebook is playing investment. I agree that it could be in better hands, but that kind of money can really push it full swing. It wasn't but 3 months ago the entire the Dev Kit V2 project was in danger of collapsing due to funding and production issues. Lets just cross our fingers and hope. 

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