Now that Facebook is buying Oculus Rift, people have all sorts of opinions. Unsurprisingly, reactions have been rather negative: Oculus was supposed to be the future of gaming! Now that Facebook is involved, everything is ruined!
Or something like that. You don't have to browse for very long to find reactions like this -- one of the first comments on our own post on the news was, to quote, "NO NO NO NO NO FUCK FUCK FUCK!"
While we don't yet know how the acquisition will influence Oculus Rift or the future of Facebook, you can't really blame people for reacting the way they have. For one, while the move might bring virtual reality to the mainstream, the potential drawbacks of this move might not be worth it, as far some gamers are concerned. People can't help but think about how Facebook handles user data/personal information, how much Facebook loves advertisements, and about its social games -- all of which make it hard for some to have faith in how things will turn out for the Oculus. Plus, there's a lot of snark about how the backers of the original Kickstarter project aren't monetarily benefiting from this move, even though they did receive the dev kit they were promised.
There's always the possibility that things will turn out fine, of course. There's no way to know either way! But with all of this in mind, here's how the internet has reacted to Facebook buying the Oculus Rift -- much of what you'll find online is doom and gloom, but not all of it is:
the future pic.twitter.com/11nUBr9jL1
— Saleem Dabbous (@Seemo) March 25, 2014
— jason (@Jason) March 25, 2014
Yesterday a photo of a decapitated woman showed up in my Facebook feed. Can't wait to see that in 3D.
— Captain Tracy King (@tkingdoll) March 25, 2014
Finally, John Carmack can make Facebook games
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) March 25, 2014
you haven't ignored a high school acquaintance you barely remember until you've ignored a high school acquaintance you barely remember IN VR
— Kirk Hamilton (@kirkhamilton) March 25, 2014
I can't wait to be disappointed in my older relatives' stupid politics in immersive 3D.
— Gus Mastrapa (@Triphibian) March 25, 2014
Just remember - on VR Facebook nobody can hear you creep.
— Justin Kranzl (@Kranzl) March 25, 2014
SF bars preemptively ban patrons from wearing Facebook Oculus headsets
— Dan Jackson (@DanJackson415) March 25, 2014
Over/under on how much longer it takes Facebook to fully become Skynet?
— alisonhaislip (@alisonhaislip) March 25, 2014
Facebook just wants to use Oculus to give you a more realistic Facebook stalking experience.
— Jordan Maron (@CaptainSparklez) March 25, 2014
Facebook lunchroom: "We revolutionized the visual sciences to make virtual reality a real thing. What did you do?" "Messaging app."
— Dave Pell (@davepell) March 25, 2014
So now if I am wearing an Oculus and someone pokes me on facebook will there be a 3d finger stabbing my eyes?
— Stephen Toulouse (@Stepto) March 25, 2014
— Ray Barnholt (@rdbaaa) March 25, 2014
In-depth analysis of Facebook's purchase of Oculus VR. pic.twitter.com/ElyZ7WCzKd
— Nick (@NFEN) March 25, 2014
Glad Facebook bought Oculus. That’s good news. We need this technology to be popularized, to be everywhere, not just in the hands of nerds.
— Jesus Diaz (@jesusdiaz) March 25, 2014
Now, in hindsight this makes total sense! What do Occulus and Facebook have in common? They frequently induce vomiting.
— Fabian A. Scherschel (@fabsh) March 25, 2014
Twitter to respond to Facebook's Oculus Rift acquisition by purchasing Large Hadron Collider.
— Archbishop Elaine (@scattermoon) March 25, 2014
Got hold of a secret prototype of the new Facebook/Oculus product. pic.twitter.com/xc979QILDU
— Neil Irwin (@Neil_Irwin) March 25, 2014
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What about you, how do you feel about the acquisition?