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Oculus Rift Kickstarter Backers Not Pleased with Facebook's Purchase

The Oculus Rift VR techonology originally came about thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign. Now that the company has been bought by Facebook, the backers of the campaign are less than pleased. They've flooded the Kickstarter page with a bit of rage.

"You selling out to Facebook is a disgrace. It damages not only your reputation, but the whole of crowdfunding. I cannot put into words how betrayed I feel by this."

"A sell out is a sell out, and it means the end of VR Gaming. Welcome your Social VR overlords."

"I would have NEVER given a single cent of my money to Oculus if I had known you were going to sell out to Facebook. You sold all of us out.

I hope this backfires horribly for Oculus and Facebook. I will personally discourage absolutely anyone I know from buying what was once an indie dream and is now a soulless corporate cash cow.

God, I want a refund so badly."

The point of the campaign was to get the company started, so the backers do not have ownership of the company, but it's easy to see why they're still upset. They believed they were investing in an independent company to remain that way, independent. It may be disappointing, but at least they didn't sell to

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DungeonRaider Mar 26 2014, 08:21 am EDT
Whether or not this is legally okay... it's not terribly ethical IMO and will sour a lot of people on Kickstarter campaigns that don't have more details on the future of the company and possibly legally binding agreements between investors and the company.
  scarecrow01: Kickstarting does not make you an investor in the leg…
Vodoo Mar 26 2014, 11:15 am EDT
i don't agree with the backlash but i do understand it.

IF the purchase by Facebook was for reasons of promotion and financial contribution then i see the reason behind it and support it.

the hatred behind it all is based on the supposition that FB will be a permanent integration into the system creating some sort of google glasses bullshit that vomits constant encouragement for "social interaction" in your face.
i had the same feeling of aversion towards Dragonage 3 when news of FB and Twitter integration surfaced.

the fear of people with desire to make profit by breaking immersion and any sense of enjoyment in any medium consumed haunts the mind of those like me.

the plethora of ads in TV shows and movies on TV is testament of that.

imagine if books had that, i dare say the more "mature" and elderly of consumers out there would understand the horrible transgression.
S.Plissken Mar 26 2014, 12:03 pm EDT
Though I too was dismayed when i first read this it does have its upsides.
While Oculus was always seen as a a great gaming setup, this could open up far more avenues for it, so long as FB keeps its involvement to that side of the line.
Its only natural they would want a piece of this, its the next progression of what they have. To have VR conference meetings and such within a FB environment I can see happening.

Gaming is a different issue... Im not looking forward to my FB friends list being attached to my game list, plus FB isnt a game publisher or creator (they have others that do that for them, some good some bad, very bad...) So if they stay out of that its all good.

And all those worries about privacy?... If your on the net your info is already pretty much out there so thats not a big whoop
Also with this kind of backing we might see a VR rig coming out thats affordable on regular salaries and in markets sooner than expected (so long as that doesnt include Ad placement)

Kickstarter, well as far as I see that it was to get the project started for a sleek working prototype to attract other investors. It worked.

We can only hope that 2 Billion goes into the project and not pockets because I can only see good out of that.
Whisky Mar 26 2014, 01:21 pm EDT
Yeah because when I think of VR goggles the first thing I think of is... Facebook? WTF
Barzenak42 Mar 26 2014, 02:16 pm EDT
Total waste of what could of been cool. Looking forward to Sony's work in the vr field now. I heard it looked better on Sony anyhow.
antonphd Mar 26 2014, 04:58 pm EDT
you only live once. if you're an inventor and you can suddenly have billions to invent with... you fucking take it. fuck the poor cry babies. fuck the little shits who think everything is about how they feel.
  barasawa: And fuck ever having anyone back you in the future. H…
daver18qc Mar 26 2014, 07:04 pm EDT
10 bucks says they're gonna use it for virtual dating...
Breedy_Mcfluff Mar 26 2014, 10:34 pm EDT
I wouldn't hesitate to take the money. Money > integrity every time.
RenegadeCZ Mar 27 2014, 03:45 am EDT
Why wait to be rich in the future if you can be rich now? I'd take it too.
touretul Mar 27 2014, 03:59 am EDT


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