The biggest news this week is the recent sale of Oculus VR to Facebook for $2 Billion. It shocked the world and the gaming community to hear that the social networking giant scooped up the company responsible for the technology that has recently made virtual reality a very serious topic of discussion. While there have been a few positive notions about the potential of the purchase, many people have responded poorly to the news – even going to far as to issue death threats to Oculus employees and their families.
Palmer Luckey, the creator of the Oculus Rift, states on Reddit that, “We expected a negative reaction from people in the short term, we did not expect to be getting so many death threats and harassing phone calls that extended to our families”. He went on to say, “We know we will prove ourselves with actions and not words, but that kind of shit is unwarranted, especially since it is impacting people who have nothing to do with Oculus.”
I’ve gotten into a few debates with people who have taken the news negatively since the announcement and I still don’t understand why everyone’s so upset. Facebook isn’t going to destroy the Rift or prevent the gaming industry from utilizing it. If anything the amount of capital Facebook will be able to inject will help the Rift realize its full potential sooner.
Seriously people – calm down.
Source – Gamespot