Facebook “Gets the Big Picture,” Says Carmack About Oculus Deal

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yammerpickle2

It is truly sad that people are making threats. I’m a backer with a DK1. Yeah, I’m disappointed that they sold out to FB. I don’t really respect that company, and how it operates. I’m also worried they will close off the system, FB brand it, and make it proprietary. Basically, people are concerned that FB will take it the opposite direction of what the crowd source funding community supports.

However, I also know that having deep pockets will help Oculus develop better VR tech in a shorter period of time. It also will expand the market into other areas. Hardcore VR and gaming enthusiast are probably not a big enough market to keep Oculus alive when Sony and others are going to start taking market share. But even if only ten percent of FB users got into virtual FB that would be a large leap in potential customers to spread future development costs over.

The biggest thing they could do to disarm this backlash is come out point blank and say the system will remain open source, will not be FB branded, or require FB account, they will safeguard your personal data, and ads will be limited. That would pretty much address my worries, and most other supporters concerns about the sale to FB.

I have heard that they would sell ads, however, a FB account / log in would not be required.

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LilHammer

The real question is, are death threats a hate crime?

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LatiosXT

I believe it technically counts as assault.

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Carlidan

Yes in some cases. I guess you think it's funny.

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boidsonly

Carmack has not been on the Oculus team a year (Aug, 2013?). My guess is he had previously approached FB, and possibly other Co's. Getting on the team was the difficult part, not being the conduit of $2B.
I, personally, have $ donated and will be very careful about how I help fund projects in the future. Oculus may have single handedly tainted kickstarter for years to come.

Once you get rid of your integrity, the rest is easy...

Welcome to America...

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MissCoriel

My Question is this:
Will it stop the creation of the device..
If not, I have little to no problem. If it delays it, I will huff and move on. If it stops it, yeah I'll whine about it.
Sadly, companies eat other companies.

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jeffroland

My question is why the hell didn't Google beat Facebook to the punch? And why didn't Oculus court Google for a counter offer? Google surely would have paid a good deal more than Facebook.

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bjoswald

Because Google knows VR is a time-tested failure-fad that won't last long. It's just like the 3D TV; nobody wants to wear goggles to play games.

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wkwilley2

You can't say that VR is a "time-tested failure-fad" as VR hasn't been done properly so that it even had a place in the market.

Any of these VR headsets could totally change the gaming world as we know it.

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LatiosXT

So correct me if I'm wrong...

Kickstarter isn't an investment in a company. It's an investment in a product. I think that's two different things regarding the acquisition. Otherwise maybe we should point our pitchforks at other companies.

For instance, Studio Trigger is using Kickstarter to fund an anime series (Little Witch Academia), even though their immensely popular Kill La Kill should garner support from the industry itself without the help of a Kickstarter.

In any case, Oculus Rift shouldn't just be seen as a shiny toy for video gamers. It should be expanded out into other markets. Maybe Facebook has some ideas for its use other than video games.

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thematejka

"Maybe Facebook has some ideas for its use other than video games."

I was thinking the same thing. I am afraid that it will end up dying prematurely as a gamer fad, but expanding to other markets could increase longevity.

I wonder where the uses lie...one of my first thoughts are in training programs of all kinds and for use in certain mental or physical health and rehabilitation programs. Not that Facebook has anything to do with those institutions, but they certainly have money.

Facebook would be being ridiculous if they bought Oculus just to shut it down or just to integrate it into their social media services. Although... Google Glass is almost VR.

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Carlidan

LOL funny you mentioned Kill La Kill anime. Just finished watching it. The story idea is stupid. But characters made the show so entertaining.

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TommM

"I have zero personal background with them, and I could think of other companies that would have more obvious synergies. However, I do have reasons to believe that they get the Big Picture..."

So what you're telling us Carmack with that little smoke screen is you don't like it either. Except for the 2 billion part. ;)

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KenLV

Anonymous internet trolls. And I'd be willing to bet that few, if ANY, of those making death threats and/or harassing FAMILY members had actually reached into their own pocket in the first place!

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RICHARD RIDDICK

I have the answer to all questions about this, ready?

2 BILLION DOLLARS, PERIOD.

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Carlidan

What the hell is with the death threats!!!!

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Sean D Knight

Some people are just insane. No rational person should be threatening people over this.

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jeffroland

They're just virtual death threats, not real ones.

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Sean D Knight

They tend to get real enough when these same people dig around for your personal information and start calling your house and threaten the person and their family. Which has happened. These people are not to be treated lightly. 

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Carlidan

Actually, recently it happened to me. Some guy gave me his address to just "talk". I'm guessing he other intentions. Just FYI, that guy owns guns.

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thematejka

Everything that happens virtually speaks to a real-life mental and physiological response - not to mention that they had to think and type the death threats in the "real world" before being sent off in the "virtual one."

I'm not claiming those people would actually kill or make those threats face-to-face, but I don't see much of a line between virtual-world and real-world. In any case, the "virtual-world" as we call it manifests itself in the real world and because of it!

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Carlidan

"In any case, the "virtual-world" as we call it manifests itself in the real world and because of it!"

That is so true.

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Carlidan

Still. Threats are threats. And they also threat family members.