Carmack Weighs in on Facebook’s Acquisition of Oculus
Posted on Monday, March 31 @ 05:51:05 PST by Alex_OsbornFacebook caused quite a stir last week when it announced it would be purchasing Oculus VR, upsetting a slew of gamers who have since assumed the worst. Can you blame them? Heck, are you one of them?
Since the announcement, Notch has come forward to cancel Minecraft for the device, while Cliff Bleszinski has responded to Persson's move by calling him "a pouty kid." Naturally, Oculus has come forward to discuss the benefits of having Facebook's support, and now John Carmack, the chief technical officer at Oculus, has shared his thoughts as well.
In a post in the comments section of Peter Berkman's blog entry, titled "Wrong and Right Reasons To Be Upset About Oculus," Carmack explained:
I share some of your misgivings about companies "existing and operating only to be acquired". I am a true believer in market economies, and the magic of trade being a positive sum game is most obvious with repeated transactions at a consumer level. Company acquisitions, while still (usually) being a trade between willing parties that in theory leaves both better off, have much more of an element of speculation rather than objective assessment of value, and it definitely feels different.How do you feel about Facebook's purchase of Oculus? Do you see a promising future for virtual reality?
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