HAHAHA! Bet you didn’t see this one coming! Professional information broker Facebook has decided to buy Oculus VR for 2 billion dollars. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years Oculus VR is the company responsible for the Oculus Rift, their flagship up and coming virtual reality headset that has been wowing the gaming community for awhile now.
Oculus began as a kickstarter project and gained a buttload of extra money when Marc Andreessen joined the company later (it doesn’t matter who he is, just that he had lots of money). It also attracted washed up old fogie programmer John Carmack formerly of id software when he found out Bethesda didn’t care about using virtual reality, well that and RAGE was a complete and total failure. He could never live that down so he needed to run away to somewhere where people still thought of him as a gaming god.
The idea of VR isn’t new, I mean about 15 years ago we had those big goofy looking VR headsets the VFX and those crystalshades or whatever they were called, I’m not looking it up on Google right now screw you, but they all sucked and went away pretty quick and they made you look like a huge loser.
The Rift promises much better looking VR with head tracking and all kinds of neato stuff like that and it will probably do your dishes for you and kiss you goodnight if you’re part of the kickstarter backers. Needless to say lots of indie developers are getting behind this thing too, in fact loads of them seem to be banking on that fact alone to get their shitty games greenlit or kickstarted.
Skip ahead a bit, the old version of the developer’s kit is retired, the second version is getting ready to ship a few more months after that, everything is looking all sunshine and flowers when suddenly out of fucking nowhere…
Lol, enjoy your virtual aids.