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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
161. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 26, 2014, 20:11 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 19:56:
Also the idea, Facebook's dystopian future if you will, is that everybody will be wearing one and what you look like physically is no longer relevant. Three Likes for Emperor Zuckerberg! Like! Like! Like!
I envinsion somnething eerily similar to what you described and it's exactly why I am uncomfortable with the idea! And since my gaming is done in a room in my house where people tend to gather, I will be seen. My wife already views me as an overgrown socially maladjusted child - if she sees me with one of these on my head she might flip out!

It's not just that you'd be seen, it's that you'd be 100% walling yourself off. You'd be cutting every single sense out. Well, I guess not every single one, but the two main ones.

Right now you just focus away from them, but you still hear them, can still easily see them, and still pay some attention to them. You can game and be social at the same time.

Not with VR headsets.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
19. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 26, 2014, 19:36 Beamer
 
Also, understanding that the "danger, danger" comments when I feel someone is trying to derail is obnoxious (but tends to stop derailing), I am fully alright with someone doing it to me if they think I'm trolling/derailing/being too much of a dick.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 26, 2014, 19:35 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 19:08:
Quboid wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 13:27:
Facebook are teh evil with our super secret info, therefore Facebook will be teh evil with our super secret info. Duh, Beamer, that's obvious.

You guys just keep believing in Facebook and giving them all your personal info. Buy an XboxOne as well if you don't have one already.

Facebook is all about getting your personal information and selling it, this is just another way to do that. That's the business they are in. Some of us would rather not contribute to that.

DANGER! DANGER!

Crap, this is only an orange threat level, so I'm biting:
1) Facebook only knows what you tell it. This makes it very easy to use without really telling it anything
2) C'mon, tell us how a piece of dumb hardware (and, again, I use "dumb" to mean it doesn't have software attached to it) can take our private information
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
159. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 26, 2014, 19:29 Beamer
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 19:17:
2 billion?! For a company that has almost no assets and has shipped not one single retail product? Then again didn't he just pay 15 billion for a friken messenger app, tech companies are way over valued.

Don't really get the hate on this purchase. If VR is something you want, then having Zuckerbergs money behind it is what's going to take it to the next level. I'm skeptical VR can go mainstream but Zuckerbergs obviously betting on it. Notch is an idiot, WTF does a VR headset have to do with Facebook other then being owned by the same person. He's just jumping on the hate Facebook bandwagon because it's the trendy thing to do these days, eh fellow Bluesers?

That messaging app is pretty damn easy to justify.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
19. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 26, 2014, 18:06 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 18:03:
PropheT wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 15:06:
Beamer wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 13:20:
They didn't get PS2 emulation working on the PS3, though. The PS3 that was backwards-compatible had a PS2 in it. They literally included the Emotion Engine on the motherboard.

There was a short-lived 80gb PS3 that had a sort of half and half job going on that did use software emulation for PS2 games. I don't think it worked particularly well, so it didn't stick around for long.

There was no emulation software for the PS3, it had a ps2 chip on the motherboard.

He's half right. They did have one without the Emotion Engine, but it still had the GPU. So it did the EE in software. Not well.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 26, 2014, 17:55 Beamer
 
Fantaz wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 17:53:
SS wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 16:30:
Wikipedia founder calls alt-medicine practitioners “lunatic charlatans”.

That's because they are. I like this guy.

well, that's up for debate... it's still just his opinion. some alt-medicine might actually be beneficial if proven.

But they haven't been proven, which is his point. Something should not be in Wikipedia as truth unless it's been proven. If it isn't proven, and in fact has repeatedly failed to be proven, then they're charlatans.
 
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News Comments > New Titanfall Game Modes Coming
33. Re: New Titanfall Game Modes Coming Mar 26, 2014, 17:37 Beamer
 
MajorD wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 17:33:
nin wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 17:17:
Nighthawk wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 17:12:
So 15 days after the "ships ahoy" they've said the DLC is "almost done" and the sheeple are still buying and falling for this (essentially) day-0 DLC?

Using "sheeple" in a response automatically cheapens any reply.

Oh come on nin, it (sheeple) is a perfect portmanteau word.


It's a terrible term used exclusively by idiots that can't comprehend anyone disagrees with them.

"Pepsi is for sheeple. Real people can think with their tastebuds and drink Coke. Poseurs and sheeple and white-knighters, man."
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 26, 2014, 15:39 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 15:06:
Beamer wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 13:20:
They didn't get PS2 emulation working on the PS3, though. The PS3 that was backwards-compatible had a PS2 in it. They literally included the Emotion Engine on the motherboard.

There was a short-lived 80gb PS3 that had a sort of half and half job going on that did use software emulation for PS2 games. I don't think it worked particularly well, so it didn't stick around for long.

That one still had the PS2 GPU.
 
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News Comments > New Titanfall Game Modes Coming
22. Re: New Titanfall Game Modes Coming Mar 26, 2014, 15:27 Beamer
 
MajorD wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 15:20:
Panickd wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 14:26:
MajorD wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 11:28:
.....and to think some people complain about Indies releasing pre-release Alphas.

And how is that nonsense related in any way to Titanfall? Color me confused. Confused

I was just being snide. The fact that a AAA title like Titanfall didn't ship with these announced modes in the first place, it would come across that the game was shipped incomplete to meet scheduled released dates dictated by the BIG publisher called EA.

So, in a roundabout way I was comparing the above to Indies pre-releasing games as Alphas (in complete games), of which the buyer is made very aware of before placing their order.

Again, just a snide comment is all......


EA probably didn't have as much say in scheduling as you think. Again, this is EA Partners. Can people PLEASE start distinguishing? EA Partners is basically a distributor. They don't have nearly as much control as people keep claiming.

That said, Titanfall may have shipped missing features, but by all accounts the features it did include were ridiculously polished.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 26, 2014, 14:03 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 13:27:
Beamer wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 13:18:
Julio wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 12:57:
Facebook bought Oculus to monetize all that previously private data it can collect.

This makes absolutely no sense but I shouldn't expect anything more.

Facebook are teh evil with our super secret info, therefore Facebook will be teh evil with our super secret info. Duh, Beamer, that's obvious.

I love his vague, ambigious "monetize," as if having VR helmets suddenly make data more valuable. Or perhaps he means "previously private," thinking VR headsets that are dumb (as in they have no software brains of their own, they are literally just displays) can collect data.
Well, I guess it can collect the angle all of us hold our heads at. That may be useful to chiropractors...
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
145. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 26, 2014, 14:01 Beamer
 
El Pit wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 13:27:
Why buy Oculus?
For the patents? To either work on some own version of FacebookGlasses in answer to GoogleGlasses? Or to hinder/prevent the development of GoogleGlasses (an other augmented reality devices) because of some violation of the now acquired patents? Or FB heard that some other big player (MS, Google, Apple...) wanted to buy Oculus and they decided to rather buy Oculus themselves even if they don't need them? Just to hinder some competitor? Or to just expand into new markets and technologies? Or/and to impress their shareholders and the Wall Street vampires to add to their shareholder value? Or to get a foot into pc/console markets? Buy Oculus, buy Steam or ActiBlizz or EA, call it FacebookGames, build consoles (or just take some of the Steam Consoles), add the Oculus, and become a big player? Who knows... But saying it doesn't make sense is actually what doesn't make sense. There are many possibilities for Big Money Facebook. I still don't like this, but I'm just a gamer.

None of your possibilities make sense.

I know that sounds like a smartass comment, but:
1) "For the patents." What patents? Which could they possibly have that couldn't be argued with?
2) "Answer to GoogleGlass." The products have nothing in common. At all. One you look through, one you look into.
3) "Hinder development of augmented devices" but this isn't an augmented device.
4) "To prevent a competitor..." $2billion is a LOT to blow on thwarting a competitor without hoping for gain. They're a public company, they can't do things like that
5) "Expand into new markets and technologies" this is assuredly the reason, but they could have built their own OR for significantly less than $2 billion
6) "Impress shareholders." If this was the goal they failed miserably. Wall Street has creamed them
7) "Get into the PC/console markets" OR needs to be coded directly for, so it's unlikely that consoles can support it. PCs can, but again, making your own OR competitor would take much less than $2 billion
8) "Buy Steam, ActiBlizz or EA." They have no chance of buying Steam, and while they could buy the other two, each has more value than OR, so it would make sense to buy one of them first
9) "Build consoles" so why need OR? Why not buy a company with some kind of knowledge of building consoles?


The real bottom line is that there's no way it takes two billion dollars to make an Oculus Rift competitor, and Oculus Rift isn't doing anything special to add that much to that price tag. Give me $50 million today and I'll deliver whatever Oculus Rift has done thus far by the end of the year.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
10. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 26, 2014, 13:20 Beamer
 
CrimsonPaw wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 11:24:
Ozmodan wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 09:45:
Well since the playstation 1 & 2 processors were completely different, that means they are relying on emulation code which never works very well.
If they can get PS2 emulation to work on the PS3, they can surely get it to work on the PS4. I'm sure it'll be buggy initially but after they get the kinks worked out I can see it being a huge success.

They didn't get PS2 emulation working on the PS3, though. The PS3 that was backwards-compatible had a PS2 in it. They literally included the Emotion Engine on the motherboard.

Please stop spreading misinformation.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 26, 2014, 13:18 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 12:57:
Facebook bought Oculus to monetize all that previously private data it can collect.

This makes absolutely no sense but I shouldn't expect anything more.
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
135. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 26, 2014, 10:53 Beamer
 
I'm surprised at how many people are going "well, people always thought Google would be a Search company!"

Google hasn't made many multi-billion dollar deals for something that seems like nothing. The closest would be Motorola, but even that was more for patents (which didn't end up worth anything.)

OR, which was sold for shockingly close to Motorola, has a fraction of the employees (all of which now have financial incentive to leave as soon as their shares vest), has never released anything, and is working in a field where there's no real differentiator that makes them special. The only single thing I can think of that makes them different than whomever jumps into VR next is that they did it first.
First mover advantage is a real thing, but not a $2 billion thing. I really fail to see why Facebook couldn't do what OR did and hire 10 people do make this product for them for 1/20th the cost. Other than the obvious, that the type of people that want VR headsets is currently a niche group that overlaps strongly with the type of people that would actively avoid buying a FB product if an alternative exists.
 
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News Comments > New Titanfall Game Modes Coming
8. Re: New Titanfall Game Modes Coming Mar 26, 2014, 10:51 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 10:49:
Mods, yeah I know what deqer was refering to. I just dont get the joke nin was making...

That he almost definitely got terrible grades and didn't learn anything.

Anyway, this is no surprise. The general consensus around this game was that it was a lot of fun but missing standard features/modes. That those modes will be given, and for free, was expected.
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
93. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 26, 2014, 03:12 Beamer
 
^Drag0n^ wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 02:58:
Good god, can't Zuckerberg just stop buying things in order to ultimately ruin them? Facebook is becoming to "gaming" what Amazon is to e-tail.

They're going to dominate the market by offering amazing customer service, a selection that essentially covers anything anyone could ever want, and fantastic prices?
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
87. Re: Into the Black Mar 26, 2014, 02:58 Beamer
 
Fantaz wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 02:08:
good thing we got an alternative now with Sony's VR headset that they revealed at GDC.

Bundy wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 00:09:
Do we know if Sony is planning on Windows support? There is an opportunity here for them to jump in and "save us" from evil Facebook. Like they did to MS last year after the first XB1 announcement.

I'm hoping Valve makes a move.

As for MS, they'll probably just build their own headset. After the market is saturated with them, and then wonder why they can't get a foothold. Apple will also be late to the game, but somehow they'll have filed every single conceivable patent around VR back in 2007 and start suing everyone else for stealing their invention.

it better work for PC...

As I said below, why would it?
Sony isn't making it for you to buy a VR headset, they're making it for you to buy a PS4.

It may be PCable via Homebrew, like the Kinect, but I doubt it would be out of the box. Sony is in the PS4 business, not the VR business. This is really just a play to sell more boxes for your TV.
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
54. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 25, 2014, 22:52 Beamer
 
Leper wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 22:50:
So do the KS backers get a cut? I mean, it was their investment that launched this thing.

kickstarter isn't an investment, its a donation.
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
53. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 25, 2014, 22:51 Beamer
 
CrimsonPaw wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 22:43:
Mad Max RW wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 22:39:
Did Sony reveal their Project Morpheus thing yet? If more game devs flock to that you can forget about the Oculus ever really taking off.
Yeah, Morpheus was revealed at GDC but from my understanding it's still in a conceptual phase. Regardless, after this I'm hoping they'll be smart about it and release it for both the PS4 and PC - seems like a no-brainer in my book since they're similar architectures.

it exists solely to sell PS4s, not to sell itself. I doubt it will be available for the PC, but I bet home brew solves that, like with Kinect.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 25, 2014, 21:57 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 21:53:
Brilliant. There has to be gamers out there where money is no object. Sucks I'm not one.

its not for gaming, much like the titan wasn't positioned to be. Bitcoin farmers may grab it.
 
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