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FB buys Oculus VR for $2bil

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Robby Altair
#141 - 2014-03-26 19:52:27 UTC
What's next? CCP Zuckerberg.

CCP to stick with Oculus Rift for Eve: Valkyrie

I keed.

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Weichei McQuienn
Garoun Investment Bank
Gallente Federation
#142 - 2014-03-26 20:32:18 UTC
Well I hope CCP start negotiations with another supplier. FB wants this for the IP only.Cry They're not interesting in the gaming market, more in gaming the market with advertising revenue.

I suspect, they're really after a Google Glass look-alike to service more inane farmville or "likes".
Little Dragon Khamez
Guardians of the Underworld
#143 - 2014-03-26 21:45:12 UTC
Azami Nevinyrall wrote:
Bunnie Hop wrote:
I just read that one gaming company already ditched oculus because of facebook, citing no faith in anything associated with facebook. I have to agree with him after reading the article. But I have never been a facebook fan so am a bit biased.

Minecraft is what you're reffering to.

They literally deleted all their data when they heard the news...

-Edit-

Because of Spam/Data mining/3rd party sharing/NSA uplink/etc etc... No way in hell am I going to buy a rift now!


I've never been interested in minecraft, but i feel that they I should give it a go now as they are clearly lead by a man who values his integrity.

Dumbing down of Eve Online will result in it's destruction...

Little Dragon Khamez
Guardians of the Underworld
#144 - 2014-03-26 21:46:41 UTC
Robby Altair wrote:
What's next? CCP Zuckerberg.

CCP to stick with Oculus Rift for Eve: Valkyrie

I keed.



I think that if CCP hadn't invested so much time and money into this and were not themselves run by venture capitalists then things might be different.

Dumbing down of Eve Online will result in it's destruction...

mkint
#145 - 2014-03-26 21:54:59 UTC
Of course CCP's still going to support it. They've sold their souls so many times, I'm surprised there's anything left to sell.

Maxim 6. If violence wasn’t your last resort, you failed to resort to enough of it.

Hal Morsh
Doomheim
#146 - 2014-03-26 22:46:23 UTC
Do you know how many times a day I get spammed with requests for silly facebook stuff on my ipod?

Do?

You?

Know?

How?

Many?

Times?

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Lucas Kell
Solitude Trading
#147 - 2014-03-26 23:14:55 UTC
I'm gonna go with "many many times"

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mcdoodle
Native Freshfood
Minmatar Republic
#148 - 2014-03-26 23:39:11 UTC
I suppose my biggest disappointment is that Oculus had the chance to build something really, really cool, and with Valkyrie being part of that.

They had the chance to be pioneers in their field, instead they've sold out.

But Hell it could be worse, they could of sold it to EA
Haka Kakinen
State War Academy
Caldari State
#149 - 2014-03-27 01:17:01 UTC
Cyndrogen
The Greatest Corp in the Universe
#150 - 2014-03-27 06:09:13 UTC
Thead Enco wrote:
Here

I guess a "gf" is in order o7


Opens up the door for competition. VR is about to get some serious funding. Yay, more options for us digital artists!

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Slade Trillgon
Brutor Force Federated
#151 - 2014-03-27 10:36:32 UTC
Hal Morsh wrote:
Do you know how many times a day I get spammed with requests for silly facebook stuff on my ipod?

Do?

You?

Know?

How?

Many?

Times?



You know you can block that stuff right? Or that you can just get rid of the inane friends that spam with that type of junk?
mkint
#152 - 2014-03-27 13:46:43 UTC  |  Edited by: mkint
Cyndrogen wrote:
Thead Enco wrote:
Here

I guess a "gf" is in order o7


Opens up the door for competition. VR is about to get some serious funding. Yay, more options for us digital artists!


VR was going to fail again anyway. There's a reason why over the past 30 years it's kept failing over and over and over. And 3D glasses has been failing for the past 60 years. [edit: I just remembered, 3D glasses have been failing since the 1800's.]

Every generation or so people forget why they both are a dumb idea, and the studios and hardware producers all come together and try to make it happen again, but the consumer rejects it. Think how much money was dumped into 3D this time around trying to force it to happen, and how sick of it everyone got.

At it's best, occulus was going to be an extremely niche, novelty thing, with some real quality novelty games that nobody would ever have heard about. Now it's going to be mass produced garbage that even if the hardware isn't a failure (like VR hardware traditionally is) the software will be because of who owns it. And not just because of intrusive ads and skeevie voyeuristic spying. $20 billion is being dumped into this thing. That kind of investment demands a ton of titles and is not interested in how good any of them are. That kind of investment also demands flimsy piece of crap hardware that breaks a day after the 30 day warranty is over, but it'll be all the bland mass produced farmville knockoffs and movie licensed titles that'll kill it dead.

Facebook will make their money back, no doubt about that. But some investments you get paid back by building something up, and some investments you get paid back by tearing something apart.

The idea of sticking your head in a bucket for any kind of entertainment is DOA, much less for playing a bunch of farmville games.

Maxim 6. If violence wasn’t your last resort, you failed to resort to enough of it.

Krixtal Icefluxor
INLAND EMPIRE Galactic
#153 - 2014-03-27 13:52:18 UTC  |  Edited by: Krixtal Icefluxor
mkint wrote:
. $2 billion is being dumped into this thing.



Probably a typo, but it's $20 Billion. (ed: Just saw your correction Smile)

I agree with it all. There have been some who have miraculously and beautifully used 3D, especially James Cameron and Alfonso Cuaron most recently. But most 3D productions are indeed gimmicky as they used to be in the 1950s. It gets old. And I cannot support the 3D conversions of older films (Star Wars, etc.). That's just a pure money grab, and I think the public smelled that out rather quickly.

Besides, I just don't feel like playing games with some bulky device strapped to my head. And from what demos I've seen, this thing has a really annoying "fish-eye" effect that drives me crazy. It's just never going to be utterly realistic in any way.

IMHO, games are "kinetic" enough for me as they are. The intensity of Doom upon it's initial release was enough for me. For me, EVE:Valkyrie would be enough as is in 2D. I don't need the distraction of 3D when having to think about movements that quickly. It's just not something I would personally enjoy (maybe my age of 48 has something to do with that). The philosophy of More, Bigger, faster, intenser has just worn off for me utterly.

Besides, I think the public is a little creeped out at the photos of a roomful of demo users with these things strapped to their heads. It's a complete withdrawal from the world to play in something that does not exist. As if the real world were not interesting and problematic enough.

I'm sure we'll be hearing diatribes from the likes of William Gibson and other Futurists soon, as the initial impact of this settles down and the philosophizing begins.

"He has mounted his hind-legs, and blown crass vapidities through the bowel of his neck."  - Ambrose Bierce on Oscar Wilde's Lecture in San Francisco 1882

mkint
#154 - 2014-03-27 13:54:46 UTC
Krixtal Icefluxor wrote:
mkint wrote:
. $2 billion is being dumped into this thing.



Probably a typo, but it's $20 Billion.


fixed

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Steve Ronuken
Fuzzwork Enterprises
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#155 - 2014-03-27 15:14:15 UTC
mkint wrote:
Cyndrogen wrote:
Thead Enco wrote:
Here

I guess a "gf" is in order o7


Opens up the door for competition. VR is about to get some serious funding. Yay, more options for us digital artists!


VR was going to fail again anyway. There's a reason why over the past 30 years it's kept failing over and over and over. And 3D glasses has been failing for the past 60 years. [edit: I just remembered, 3D glasses have been failing since the 1800's.]

Every generation or so people forget why they both are a dumb idea, and the studios and hardware producers all come together and try to make it happen again, but the consumer rejects it. Think how much money was dumped into 3D this time around trying to force it to happen, and how sick of it everyone got.

At it's best, occulus was going to be an extremely niche, novelty thing, with some real quality novelty games that nobody would ever have heard about. Now it's going to be mass produced garbage that even if the hardware isn't a failure (like VR hardware traditionally is) the software will be because of who owns it. And not just because of intrusive ads and skeevie voyeuristic spying. $20 billion is being dumped into this thing. That kind of investment demands a ton of titles and is not interested in how good any of them are. That kind of investment also demands flimsy piece of crap hardware that breaks a day after the 30 day warranty is over, but it'll be all the bland mass produced farmville knockoffs and movie licensed titles that'll kill it dead.

Facebook will make their money back, no doubt about that. But some investments you get paid back by building something up, and some investments you get paid back by tearing something apart.

The idea of sticking your head in a bucket for any kind of entertainment is DOA, much less for playing a bunch of farmville games.



Have you tried the Rift?

Woo! CSM XI!

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mkint
#156 - 2014-03-27 18:14:12 UTC
Steve Ronuken wrote:
mkint wrote:
Cyndrogen wrote:
Thead Enco wrote:
Here

I guess a "gf" is in order o7


Opens up the door for competition. VR is about to get some serious funding. Yay, more options for us digital artists!


VR was going to fail again anyway. There's a reason why over the past 30 years it's kept failing over and over and over. And 3D glasses has been failing for the past 60 years. [edit: I just remembered, 3D glasses have been failing since the 1800's.]

Every generation or so people forget why they both are a dumb idea, and the studios and hardware producers all come together and try to make it happen again, but the consumer rejects it. Think how much money was dumped into 3D this time around trying to force it to happen, and how sick of it everyone got.

At it's best, occulus was going to be an extremely niche, novelty thing, with some real quality novelty games that nobody would ever have heard about. Now it's going to be mass produced garbage that even if the hardware isn't a failure (like VR hardware traditionally is) the software will be because of who owns it. And not just because of intrusive ads and skeevie voyeuristic spying. $20 billion is being dumped into this thing. That kind of investment demands a ton of titles and is not interested in how good any of them are. That kind of investment also demands flimsy piece of crap hardware that breaks a day after the 30 day warranty is over, but it'll be all the bland mass produced farmville knockoffs and movie licensed titles that'll kill it dead.

Facebook will make their money back, no doubt about that. But some investments you get paid back by building something up, and some investments you get paid back by tearing something apart.

The idea of sticking your head in a bucket for any kind of entertainment is DOA, much less for playing a bunch of farmville games.



Have you tried the Rift?


Have you tried VirtualBoy?

Maxim 6. If violence wasn’t your last resort, you failed to resort to enough of it.

Steve Ronuken
Fuzzwork Enterprises
Vote Steve Ronuken for CSM
#157 - 2014-03-27 18:50:47 UTC
mkint wrote:
Have you tried VirtualBoy?


No.

However, there are many many generations of advancement between the two.

I have tried the rift, and it's difficult to describe just how much of a difference there is in immersion between wearing the light headset, and using a regular screen. Other than 'a lot'

There's a reason for the goofy expression people have when using it.

Woo! CSM XI!

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Twitter: @fuzzysteve on Twitter

Krixtal Icefluxor
INLAND EMPIRE Galactic
#158 - 2014-03-27 19:28:26 UTC
Steve Ronuken wrote:

There's a reason for the goofy expression people have when using it.


I was looking fruitlessly for a jpg of the Harkonnen Mentat lackey in Lynch's Dune with the eyes sewn shut......oh well.

"He has mounted his hind-legs, and blown crass vapidities through the bowel of his neck."  - Ambrose Bierce on Oscar Wilde's Lecture in San Francisco 1882

Hoshi Sorano
Federal Navy Academy
Gallente Federation
#159 - 2014-03-27 19:57:58 UTC  |  Edited by: Hoshi Sorano
Kaarous Aldurald wrote:
Scipio Artelius wrote:
I don't have a Facebook account, so I don't have any personal experience aside from what I have read in the media.

Unfortunately for me though, what I've read in the media is enough to make me pause on buying the Oculus when it's released.

I'm not going to write it off and assume that the sky will fall in because the company is owned by Facebook, but I think I'll wait and see for a while.


They've recently admitted (after being caught) that they sell both personal identity and account information.



Source, please? I'm genuinely asking, as I despise Facebook as a company, and I would love to have more current evidence to present to certain relatives about their unethical behavior.

I found info about the recent lawsuit over the sale of information, but I couldn't find anything stating that they actually admitted anything. If they really have, that would be gold.

Little Dragon Khamez wrote:
You should remind your wife that right now Facebook sells female profile pics to adult dating sites, you know the sites that tell you that there's currently 20 women desperate for sex in your area whilst showing the fb pics. click here to join up.


Again, source? Any search I try for this just turns up a bunch of dating sites.
Krixtal Icefluxor
INLAND EMPIRE Galactic
#160 - 2014-03-27 20:21:09 UTC  |  Edited by: Krixtal Icefluxor
Forum derped.

"He has mounted his hind-legs, and blown crass vapidities through the bowel of his neck."  - Ambrose Bierce on Oscar Wilde's Lecture in San Francisco 1882